Blind belief in popular science

5th August 2005 at 01:00
I read with great interest and pleasure the story about Christian Nigel McQuoid and King's Academy, and also the comment by AC Grayling (TES, July 15).

I am an applied physics graduate and occasional supply teacher. I also believe in the reality of the resurrected Christ and seek to follow him. I have previously worked as a design engineer in the aerospace and telecommunications industries.

At stake here is the credibility of a Christian world view and therefore the legitimacy of teaching it to young people. For many, this hinges around the creationevolution debate.

The credibility of the theory of evolution is widely overstated. One of its chief proponents has implied that no educated person can deny its truth.

This is simply not true. There are many world-class scientists in fields from nuclear physics to geology who find the theory implausible.

There is a widely held misconception also about the nature of faith, held to be contrary to logic. While God may sometimes desire his children to exhibit faith contrary to their natural reason, this is because our perception is often flawed or limited, and not because God despises or fears logic.

Darwin was almost completely ignorant of the complexities of life at the biochemicalmicrobiological level, and much of his reasoning is deeply flawed. There is no fundamental contradiction between the fact that young people need an absolute moral system and the logical plausibility of that belief system if you are talking about biblical Christianity.

Simon Packer 46 Albion Street Kenilworth Warwickshire

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