Mr. Wiley Miller,
This concerns your Oct 30th Cartoon which was published in the Austin American Statesman. I enjoy your strip, read it faithfully every day and while I don't always agree, you usually make very valid points which make me think (which is all I ask of those who disagree with me).
The above strip was not one of them.
The inference in the strip (correct me if I am wrong) is that if we allow for the Intelligent Design argument that there are certain things so complicated that there is no other rationale argument except that something intelligent put them there, then we basically have given science over to theological control and will stifle all other scientific discoveries and thinking.
If this is your point, you sir are 100% incorrect.
If not for the Church and many famous early Christian Scientists I daresay science itself today would not exist. If you will look at the list it includes the founder of modern Chemistry, classifier of all living things, a pioneer in genetics, originator of Joule's law and discover of pure mathematics. Albert Einstein himself was quoted as saying "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind”. As for myself personally I am an avid reader of science and science fiction, build and maintain networks for companies for a living and yet you will find me in one of those “Holy” roller Churches every Sunday worshiping Jesus and serving the children. The idea that rational, intelligent people cannot believe that the Bible is the Word of God borders on bigotry. If I have gone to far on your intent I apologize, but I think not.
It is interesting to note that your strip hints that if intelligent life outside of our system were to be found than this would usurp the authority of the Bible. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether or not there is intelligent life forms on other planets doesn't change or solve man's biggest problem; his sin nature.
the fact that there has been divine intervention does not mean that
we “fundamentalists” believe that all knowledge is in the Bible.
We we believe that all truth
is in the Bible. There is a fundamental
(sorry, couldn't resist) difference between truth and knowledge.
Truth leads to life. Knowledge has lead us to sorrow over the last
six thousand years of known human history. It has brought us
wonderful things (medicine, surgeons, cheap food, electricity) but it
has also brought us nuclear weapons.
Science is a hammer; it can be used to build a house or put a hole in
I know that there is a group of people out there that despite all of the mounting evidence still wish to cling to their outdated belief system by sticking their head in the sand and refusing to listen to any coherent argument. They chastise anyone who speaks up against them and turn a blind eye to any evidence that is presented to them that is contrary to their theology. Still, I have hope for them. If the 18th century church learn to live with the changing world around them, I am confident that eventually so too will the Neo-Darwinists. :).