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February 19, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Religion vs. science: It’s not so black and white

With her broad brush, syndicated columnist Ann McFeatters paints me and my fellow Christians to be either black or white on matters of science and religion [“In American politics, it’s still science vs. religion,” Opinion, Feb. 14]. Too bad Ann, but the Christian world is filled with all colors in between and is wonderfully more complex than you portrayed.

Many Christians I know love science and work as product development engineers, effectively living out the creative process using the scientific methods of our profession. We do this without any threat to the integrity of our faith because we know there are gaps in understanding, and we are at peace with that fact.

We learn as much as we can because we are curious people and unafraid of new information. We focus not on the gaps but on what we do know and can use now to make the world a better place. We study the Bible on moral and spiritual matters and we apply scientific principles when we design new airplanes. It works great.

The black and white beliefs that either the Earth is 6000 years old or God does not exist are ridiculous and I wish journalists would acknowledge that there is a lot of room for truth between these two extreme positions. If the school boards making curriculum decisions did that we would have a much better educated populous, the best politicians would get elected and religion would still thrive.

Paul Dees, Woodinville

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