I would like to respond to the comments made by Kevin Foley regarding Republicans/Christians and science (MDJ 6/1).
First, regarding climate, we all agree we should do as much as reasonably possible to recycle and use renewables. The planet has seen many climate changes; cold periods in the 1800s and warm periods in the Middle Ages. The activity of man had virtually nothing to do with this phenomena. The current warming trend needs to be examined as to man’s contribution to it and how this can be best addressed.
Second, the age of the Earth is an in-house debate among Christians and non-Christians, but does not affect the basic teachings such as the fall, creation and our need for salvation in Christ. In the first two chapters of Genesis (56 verses), God described His creation, and because it was meant for people of all times, it must be general in nature.
If we consider the very first verse when God created heaven and Earth, all the elements of any physical event are included; force, action, time, space and matter. These things being said, we can find science to support almost any age of the Earth.
Consider the extant radioactive isotope Radium 221 with a 1,200-year half life. This isotope would be virtually extinct in 25,000 years, much less 4.6 billion.
Third, science is a faith-based methodology. It requires a lawful universe, mathematical representation and a theory of mind that would allow for identification, collection organization and analysis of information. We take the existence and future existence of these qualities on faith.
Fourth, evolution was mentioned as a body of fact we are ignoring, but evolution is an optimizing process, not a creative one. The idea that the biosphere came from a single replicating molecule is ludicrous.
It’s amazing how the left is concerned about climate, but not the current taking of developing life and reducing our future lives to fodder for insects.