His lapse in defining terms, name-calling, and obvious bias is regretful for one who supposedly espouses science and the scientific method. Let's define science as: "Systematized knowledge derived from observation, study and experimentation carried on in order to determine the nature or principles of what is being studied." (Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language).
The Scientific Method has four basic steps: 1. Observation and description of a phenomenon or group of phenomena. 2. Formulation of a hypothesis to explain the phenomena. 3. Use of the hypothesis to predict the existence of other phenomena, or to predict quantitatively the results of new observations. 4. Performance of experimental tests of the predictions by several independent experimenters and properly performed experiments. The great advantage of the scientific method is that it is unprejudiced: One does not have to believe any given researcher, one can repeat the experiment and determine whether the results are true or false.
The conclusions will hold irrespective of the state of mind, or the religious persuasion of the investigator and/or the subject of the investigation. The problem is one cannot observe what happened 10,000 (creationism) or billions (evolution) of years ago. And observation is the key factor in using science and the scientific method. Anything else is pure speculation and opinion.
My opinion is that creationism has answers to the questions of: Where did we come from; who we are; what has gone wrong with the world and what we can do to fix it. Powell may call it "religion," but his belief structure is no different - it is also his 'religion.' Both viewpoints (or world views) require a large portion of faith; where faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
I am glad to see that Powell has a lot of faith. Powell would have you believe one cannot be a scientist and believe in creationism. The list of Christians who devoted themselves to science is very impressive: Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Faraday, Maxwell, Mendel, Pasteur, Dalton, Boyle, Kelvin, Euler, Pascal, and, most notably, Sir Isaac Newton. These men believed that the universe is understandable because an understandable Intelligent Designer created it. They actually held a strong commitment to theism because they believed that science and logic fall in futility if there is no God.
And because of their faith, they paved the way for further exploration and understanding of our world and universe by those who followed.
Stephen E. Popper
To the editor:
On Feb. 3, 1941, 60 young men from Company B, 115th Infantry, 29th Division, departed from the armory on North Potomac Street. We were to undergo a year of training as America prepared for the possibility of war. Alas, some of the 60 never returned home. For on Dec. 7, came the "day of infamy," and we were in for the duration. And many of those who returned, came back with wounds, disabilities and psychological scars. Our friend, Marion Getteridge, rests in the American Military Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy.
The men of the 29th Division had a rendezvous with destiny. They landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, D-Day. The young men of Company B were led by an outstanding officer, Captain Leroy "Bud" Weddle. Captain Weddle almost lost his arm as he led one of the first contingent of troops into St. Lo on July 18. Some of you may have known him as he worked at the Hagerstown Post Office after the war.
The years fly by, and there are just a few men left from the 60 who answered their country's call in 1941. And there is no memorial to "Hagerstown's Own." I read with interest of the park at the corner of North Potomac and North Avenue. I have an additional idea. Could part of the park be designated Captain Leroy Weddle and Company B Park?
The park is ideal - it is so close to the armory from which we departed in 1941, and to which some of us never returned.