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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Alas, Clonnie Yearout has written another misguided letter ("A tale of two belief systems" April 19 commentary) attacking the evils of evolution - the theory that (according to him) is the cause of all the world's problems.
Many of Yearout's statements are patently false. As the biologist Ernst Mayr said, "Evolution is a fact." Contrary to Yearout's claims, there is ample evidence for evolution by natural selection in the fossil record and in genetic research.
The theory of evolution by natural selection has been the cornerstone of biology for more than 150 years because it is a successful explanation for the diversity of living organisms. Evolution requires time, and the disciplines of physics and geology have clearly demonstrated the great age of the universe and the Earth, providing ample time for evolution to work.
I would counter that the greatest evils in the world today are propagated in the name of religion. Over the centuries, religion has provided the justification for countless episodes of human suffering. The most recent example would be the supposed religious radicalization of the two Boston Marathon bombers, which (in their minds) justified the murder and maiming of nearly 200 innocent people.
Co-director, Radford University
Forensic Science Institute
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