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Issue: "Tough love," Aug. 18, 2007

Creator's style

I am puzzled as to why Dr. Behe would assume that common traits mean we have a common ancestor, even if he is only wearing his "scientist's hat" ("Darwin slayer," July 21). We can tell the work of an architect or artist by his style. Eyes, nose, and mouth work well for certain functions and it seems our Creator used them in a wide variety of creatures. Logic does not require that species with those features developed from each other.
-Barbara Knoble; Quarryville, Pa.

Behe stated that "God did not place us in a toy world with all the sharp edges smoothed." Ah, but He did. We ourselves destroyed Eden and chose the sharp edges; we chose the "remarkable parasites" (created by God for a different purpose, no doubt) that damage and kill.
-Pam Myers; Sioux Falls, S.D.

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Doug Cowan doesn't appear to believe Darwinism but gives it much more clarity and attention than other "alternative theories." His methods could be the way people destroy the base of Darwinism, because they are looking at it more critically. This article was stimulating.
-John Simmons; Fairfax, Va.

A broken theory

Evolution is a broken theory ("When the base cracks," July 21). When our kids are taught they are just the result of random chance, with no reason or purpose for their existence, it leads to hopelessness and emptiness. Today's society is proof of the chaos that arises when a loving, purposeful, personal, all-powerful Creator is eliminated from the equation of life.
-Frank Nolton; Lodi, Calif.

In the false dichotomy of Darwinism vs. design we have lost sight of the true scientific pursuit. The test of scientific theories is their ability to explain the world, not their use in reinforcing dogma. Do we want to more fully understand reality and creation, or do we want to defend previously held convictions?
-Christopher Bolin; Lincoln, Neb.

The big picture

Marvin Olasky did a great job emphasizing the big picture ("Kill the children," July 21). I am tired of hearing non-Christians and uninformed Christians malign God for things they pull out of the Old Testament. We may not always be able to reconcile God's sovereign plan with His mercy when they appear contradictory to our finite minds, but understanding His big picture in the Bible should cause us to trust Him.
-Nancy A. Smith; Richland, Wash.

I am absolutely appalled that a Christian would attempt to justify the mass killing of innocent people in Japan and Germany by our government to win World War II. If we believe that our ends, however just, sanctify any means, then we have sunk to the same level as the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. As Christians, we must hold our nation to a higher standard.
-Scott M. Roney; Des Plaines, Ill.

I was a B-17 bomber pilot, and we did not just bomb cities. We hit targets that affected Hitler's ability to wage war. At the time I was an incomplete Christian and, looking down, it troubled me. Then came our mission to Dresden. We carried incendiaries, and I saw strong winds build the fires into an inferno. Americans don't control the wind; we knew that God was engaged in the war. Later we discovered that Dresden was a major military center, and that that bombing stopped an aggressive program from murdering Jews and enabled Russian troops to get to Berlin soon after and end the war.
-Don Bagby; Macon, N.C.

Tough questions

I applaud Joel Belz's courage to stand at Wal-Mart and ask the tough questions, even at the risk of being run off ("Careless ambiguity," July 21). I would justify the "Iraq nation building" idea of democracy based on our successes in Germany and Japan following The Big One. They had to be completely defeated before we started nation building, and they had to want it and keep at it. We haven't been in Iraq long enough and they have not yet been completely defeated, but I believe they want it.
-Tom Sheppard; Arden, N.C.

My sense is the war in Iraq is about helping the people of Iraq restore their country and building a democracy there. Iraq would not have to be restored if the United States had not attacked their country, and whether the people of Iraq have a democracy should be a choice they make, not George W. Bush. I also believe that the risk of further terrorism within the United States is greater due to the war in Iraq.
-Philip Quigley; Buhl, Idaho

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