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Letters to the Editor

October 02, 2009

Maybe Powell is on to something



To the editor:

In his letter responding to Allan Powell's Sept. 4 column on anti-intellectualism, Richard Giovanoni ("Anti-intellectualism source can be found in Powell's backyard, Wednesday, Sept. 23, page A4) attempts to turn Powell's thesis on its head.

He lumps together unsavory characters like Karl Marx with an honorable scientist, Charles Darwin, removing the distinction. He then lumps social philosophy and science, again removing the distinction. Finally, Giovanoni labels these men as "secular saints," attempting to equate his Frankenstein monstrosity with religious philosophers to level the field.

While I have no interest in defending the likes of Marx, I will defend Darwin and science. Darwin was a naturalist and scientist, not a social philosopher. He was honored in his time and still is.

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And while the quote from Richard Lewontin concerning the willingness to accept science over common sense is genuine, it represents an individual's viewpoint, not a factual rebuke of science. I, too, can cherry pick quotes, but from pastors who accept evolution. These would have no more or less validity than the quotes listed by Giovanoni.

Further, Giovanoni writes, "the last time we had real pro-intellectualism was when our Western civilization was formed on the works of Aristotle, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas ..." Remember that even though these men were brilliant, they were limited by the knowledge of their day. Aristotle was pagan, Augustine lived during the disintegration of the Roman Empire and Aquinas lived during the Dark Ages. They all lived before the scientific method was developed. Should we really bring back the good old days?

While I don't fully agree with Powell, maybe he's on to something.

Larry Zaleski
Hagerstown




Stars and beauty of creation are God's work



To the editor:

I was fascinated by Allan Powell's conclusions about the character and goodness of Charles Darwin, based on how he signed his letters ("Letters reveal the true character of Charles Darwin," Thursday, Sept. 25, page A4).

One wonders how Powell can observe the stars by night and the beauty of creation by day and not see the character and goodness of their Author and Designer, in whose Book we find this:

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge" (Psalm 19:1-2).

Pastor Dennis Whitmore
Hilltop Christian Fellowship
Clear Spring




Paper should be part of building up America



To the editor:

I think people like Glenn Beck should not be able to spread their personal opinions using your media. I know paper sales and ratings are what it's all about, but when it comes to keeping peace between the races, Beck and people like him should be stopped.

Don't let your paper be a part of tearing down America. Let your paper be a part of building up America.

Larry Stanton
Hagerstown

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