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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Finding the middle ground

For a long time now, I have heard arguements debating the truth between creationism and evolutionism. For the most part, I would have to say that there has been a lot of bigotry on both sides of this divisive issue. I myself tend to lean more towards evolution. To say that the world is only 6,000 years old is to leave out a lot of known scientific evidence. In this letter to the editor of the Holland Sentinel today, John Buttrey, a retired pastor, says that the Bible points out the "who" and the "why" of creation, but makes no reference as to the "how".

One arguement that I have read states that, at it's current rate of decay, the Earth's magnetic field would have been too strong 10,000 years ago for any life to survive on this planet. I read this and the first thought that came to mind for me was "What kind of nut would write something like that?" Whoever wrote that is either extremely ignorant or lacks any sort of real intelligence. For one thing, for the last century, we have been surrounded by relatively strong magnetic fields. Anywhere you have electrical currents passing through wires, there are magnetic fields being generated. In electric motors, the interaction of electricity and magnetic fields is used to transform electrical energy into mechanical energy. Generators transform mechanical energy into electrical energy in the opposite way.

It has been proven that if it were not for Earth's relatively strong magnetic field, there would be no life here on Earth because there would be no atmosphere. Our atmosphere would have been stripped away long ago by strong solar winds from our own sun. The Earth's magnetic acts as a shield deflecting the solar winds around our planet. Scientists theorize that is why there is no atmosphere or life on the planet Mars.

It is difficult for me to believe that we are the only so-called intelligent life in this galaxy. If we are, this is going to be a very lonely existence. In his Sentinel column Monday, Bob Ashby states that evolution is based heavily on faith. If that is so, then what is creation based on but a collection of 72 books that was voted to be the Word of God by the Catholic Church? Creation is heavily based on faith with little scientific evidence, whereas evolution is based on known facts and evidence.


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