Old-School Creationism Almost Refreshing

RECEIVED Mon., Dec. 1, 2003

After months and months of letters from the new-wave anti-science forces of the "Intelligent Design" folks, it's almost nice to see an old-school creationist like David Buckna write a letter to the Chron ["Postmarks," Nov. 28].
   Almost.
   He's old school in the fact that he lies about the available evidence (since there's plenty of evidence as to the heredity of modern giraffes and other ruminants), he deliberately misquotes Gould (a classic creationist touch), he links to the Institute for Creation Research (who require their members to take an oath affirming the literal truth of Genesis), and he misrepresents the scientific definition of the term "theory."
   Since apparently he doesn't understand that final distinction: The scientific Theory of Evolution is on par with the scientific Theory of Gravity and Atomic Theory. For something to be granted the status of "theory" in the scientific world, it's got to be pretty close to what most people would call "fact."
   And if Buckna was a scientist, and not a demagogue, he'd know that.
Christian Wagner
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