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Letter-Sees ideas co-existing

Dear Editor,

Ms. Berg is incorrect in her estimation that "...something like 75 percent of us don't buy Darwin's lies!" Forty-seven percent of Americans believe in evolution while 46 percent believe in creationism (Gallup, 2012). Ms. Berg overestimates the percentage of Darwinian deniers by an astounding 63 percent.

The public perception has been unfortunately misaligned with that of scientists, who support the theory of evolution at 95 percent (Gallup, 2007). My argument is not meant to be one of percentages or divisiveness, but to simply convey that science and faith are not incompatible:

"Currently, I see in Germany, but also in the United States, a somewhat fierce debate raging between so-called "creationism" and evolutionism, presented as though they were mutually exclusive alternatives: those who believe in the Creator would not be able to conceive of evolution, and those who instead support evolution would have to exclude God.

This antithesis is absurd because, on the one hand, there are so many scientific proofs in favor of evolution which appear to be a reality we can see and which enrich our knowledge of life and being as such. But on the other hand, the doctrine of evolution does not answer every query, especially the great philosophical question: where does everything come from? And how did everything start which ultimately led to man? I believe this is of the utmost importance." -- Pope Benedict XVI

The issue is not as black and white as Ms. Berg perceives; evolution does not preclude theism and vice versa. I ask the readers to keep their faith, but also an open mind to pursue truth as Jesus commanded. Science is nothing but the pursuit of truth and God commands us to seek truth.

"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24

Tim Feyereisen, Hudson