After reading Erin Hansen's letter (Herald, Oct. 25) on evolution as a "belief," I agree that the topic is absurd. It
is absurd to speak of science as a "belief," when everything about science is designed to counteract unverifiable
Religion and science are different things, and the conflation of the two is dangerous. Unlike religion, evolution is
a natural phenomenon that has been proved, documented, explained and observed happening. It is as factual as it is
possible for anything to be in science. It is as real as gravity, atoms, lasers or computers.
Millions of papers have been produced on this topic. Apparently, Hansen has read none of them. Alone of all the
things science has discovered, explained and created, she has chosen this one thing to deny. Why?
The issue is not the veracity of evolution. For rational people, that is settled fact. The real issue here is fear.
Hansen is afraid that if evolution is true, her faith is false. In reality, that is a false choice. Science has so
far been unable to create life from scratch, although it is getting close. But even if we do manage to find the spark
of life, there is no reason to abandon religion.
Religion gives humanity a way to talk about the mystery of life. Many prominent scientists who are in consensus with
evolution also believe in a god. And many religious leaders, including the pope, acknowledge the reality of
evolution. Religion helps us understand the meaning of our lives. Science shows us how those lives came into
Both are needed, but to mix up the two is not only horrifically ignorant, but poisonously lethal for the advancement
of our species, as history teaches us over and over again.
Shan Wells, Durango