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December 3, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Have faith — or not

What better time than now?

After numerous comments against the opinions of Leonard Pitts Jr. on many secular subjects, I can finally agree with the point of his imaginary story of an interaction with God on an airplane to somewhere [“When you give thanks, don’t forget the Big Guy,” syndicated columnist, Nov. 27].

He distills the argument for faith down to essentials. Every philosophical attempt to prove God exists encounters those who cannot accept how a god who is good and all powerful permits the pain his created beings suffer.

The answer Pitts gives is “Does anything else make any sense?” This answer implies that the freedom to choose necessarily implies the freedom to interfere and hurt. Evidently, God thought the risk was worth it and the voluntary acceptance of him is more beautiful than making perfect robots who could not hurt each other.

— John Woodbery, Monroe

It’s a matter of science

In the column by Leonard Pitts Jr., he writes, “I suppose I could go with the complexity-of-life argument, talk about how if people see something as unremarkable as a cardboard box they assume it had a maker, but if they see something as intricately designed as a person — or heck, an amoeba — some folks say, ‘Oh, it just … happened.’ ”

As an evolutionist, I need to point out that the difference between a cardboard box and an amoeba is that the box doesn’t grow and reproduce, whereas the amoeba does. In the process of reproducing, slight variations in the amoeba’s offspring occur. This leads to varying “success” in the offspring, which (depending on the environment) may give them a reproductive advantage, and may eventually lead to the development of an entirely different organism than the original. Repeated innumerable times over millions of years, this has produced all of the varied forms of life we see on Earth today.

This is the basic concept of evolution and no “intelligent design” is required.

— Bill Leffler, Bellevue

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