Letter: Both sides have teaching merit

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155 years ago when Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” was published it established the scientific basis of evolutionary theory and was comprehensively adopted by the scientific community by the end of that century.

Today Evolution is an indisputable scientific fact. Biologists agree that descent with modification is one of the most reliably established facts in science.

Creationism is a belief by fundamentalist Christians that the Universe and living organisms originate “from specific acts of divine creation”. It is based on a literalist interpretation of the Genesis creation narrative. It is also a popular belief in Islam with its literal translation of the Qur’an.

There are no facts in support of Creationism 
only faith sustains its statements.

Creationism has morphed into Intelligent Design theory, mainly due to the fact that the literal interpretation of the Bible in which that the Earth was supposed to be the centre of the universe was so comprehensively demolished, Creationist theory had to ditch that belief.

Some Creationists have also bowed to the overwhelming evidence from science and have adapted their ideas to include evolution; to assert that “the personal God of the Bible created the universe and life through evolutionary processes.”

There cannot be a debate between science and belief. To “debate” evolution would be akin to trying to debate nuclear fission – there simply is not an alternative proposal to make. The whole essence of any debate on Creationism is the debate of does God exist? While it cannot be proven that he does not neither can it be proven that he does. One has to believe or not as one’s faith (or not) dictates. I would support Creationism being taught in a Christian or Muslim school as long as it was part of the religious curriculum. It cannot be misrepresented to children as science.

Iris Dainton (Mrs)

The Old Rectory, South Somercotes