"No biology teacher tells his or her students that evolution is proof of God's absence and many respected evolutionary biologists are devout Christians. Faith is a matter of individual choice, not biology class...I have no real beef with I.D. when it isn’t claiming to be a science. The notion that the universe must have been fashioned by a higher being is not new and is one many people, particularly Americans, still hold dear. I see no reason why this should change. However, such 'theories' belong in religious schools or the family living room, not in the biology classroom."Last night, a good friend of mine told me that his father, the dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, had written a letter to the New York Times in response to the recent article, "Leading Cardinal Redefines Church's View on Evolution" (front page, July 9). I decided to post the letter here.
In a more eloquent and succinct fashion, Reverend Alan Jones communicates something of what I was attempting to say in my post.
"To the Editor:While Reverend Jones and I may feel differently about intelligent design, we are both banking on faith. Those folks, like Cardinal Schonborn, who continue to argue over the scientific validity of I.D. or evolution's place in the church are missing the point.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn muddies the waters with his statement concerning evolution. The issue is that both 'believers' and 'scientists' tend to trespass on each other's turf.
When a scientist says or implies that life is without meaning, that's trespassing. When a believer claims that 'intelligent design' is scientific, he has stepped over the line. Both start with presuppositions that cannot be proved.
As a believer, I take on faith that there is intelligent design. The scientific evidence tells us that while it cannot be proved, it isn't unreasonable to believe so.
How much longer are we going to be talking at cross-purposes?
(Very Rev.) Alan Jones
San Francisco, July 9, 2005"