ricksonf at BCC.ORST.EDU
Mon Oct 11 14:22:43 CDT 1999
Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and God are all myths that
many of us grow out of as we mature. There is nothing malicious here, just
a matter of being intelligent and maturing.
> From: jeffrey shaw <lccshaw at HOTMAIL.COM>
> To: TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG
> Subject: Student's perspective
> Date: Monday, October 11, 1999 1:39 PM
> I have been a member of this listserv for about 18 months and I have
> had a reason to post before now. As a student of chemistry and
> (as well as possessing a deep love of nature and taxonomy), I have
> this forum tremendously. I am, however, dismayed at this recent
> vs. evolution banter.
> As a student. I wish only to deal with FACTS. My first organic chemistry
> professor was a soft-spoken man that shared with his class his deep
> for the perfect order of all living things. In my own life, I have found
> that this perfect order, the unviolatable principles upon which life is
> founded, has been the catalyst for my belief in God. Even chaos itself
> order when expressed mathematically.
> I am concerned that there are so few of you out there--this generation's
> teachers and mentors--that find the existence of God to be so threatening
> the classroom. I do not think that all medical reasearch and your
> grant money would come to a screaching halt if God turns out to be a
> You are all deeply intelligent men, scientific to the core, and I have a
> great respect for the scientific method and its approach to discerning
> world in which we live. But, I find it distracting that there are
> that find it necessary to refer to a potential deity as a "malicious
> creator" and a "myth." These sentiments do not embrace open-minded,
> scientific processes of thought. These sentiments will show your classes
> that you are just as narrow-minded as the clergy that you ridicule.
> I hope that there is still room in our society for the unexplained and
> undiscovered. I hope that miracles can happen, and while I believe
> can solve many of the looming disasters of our time, I also believe that
> will only accomplish the impossible if it leaves room for the impossible.
> one knows how everything began. Yes, we are getting really good at seeing
> how it evolves, how it changes over time, but the origin of our wonderful
> little predicament may never be known. I hope that you will be able to
> with that knowledge professionally.
> ...and, I will keep you in my prayers.
> Jeff Shaw
> Lower Columbia College
> Longview, WA 98632
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