Letter to the Editor of the Columbus Dispatch
Submitted October 4, 2000

Dear Editor,

In response to William E. Kirwan's article on October 2 entitled, "Ohio can't afford to trail in the teaching of evolution," I want to make three points.

First, Mr. Kirwan refers to evolution as "a fundamental concept that stands as the organizing principle of biological sciences," "the single unifying scientific theory of life," and "an essential element of scientific literacy." The truth is that the promotion of evolution theory is the reason that our culture, and the advancement of science, is in a state of disarray. Evolutionism teaches that order arose out of chaos, with no intelligent designer or creator involved in the process. It is a world view grounded in the primary premise that there is no God, and the secondary premise which follows that man is the maker of his own destiny.

As a result, instead of unifying, as Mr. Kirwan contends, the evolutionary world view allows everyone to "do that which is right in their own eyes." Because of evolutionism, this moral relativism which now pervades every aspect of our culture has destroyed the order and stability that our society once had when it was grounded on transcendent moral truth.

Secondly, Mr. Kirwan's statement that evolution is "not a controversial issue among scientists" is simply not true. I don't know who he's been talking to, or what he's been reading, but the evolution/creation issue is as much a controversy now as it ever was, especially among scientists. Many scientists, both past and present, were/are creationists, and the body of work that they have published is voluminous. To confirm this fact, all Mr. Kirwan needs to do is a little research. Thirdly, Mr. Kirwan states that "evolution's impact has been confirmed through observation, critical analysis and the basic methods of science," and then he cites pesticide-resistant insects as proof of evolution. Here Mr. Kirwan confuses the issue -"microevolution," or changes within a species, are observable, but "macroevolution," or a change from one species to another (i.e., monkey to man) has NEVER been confirmed through observation or the scientific method. When most Americans see the word "evolution" they think of "macroevolution," so to say that farmers who have had to change pesticides have witnessed evolution is misleading. And the existence of "microevolution" is not proof for "macroevolution."

Rick Strange
Chillicothe, Ohio