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Missing ‘the point’

Steve Kern April 27th, 2011

I appreciated the tenor of Andy Sand’s response (Letters, “Free thoughts with the Kern clan,” April 20, Gazette) to my April 13 “Counterpoint” Commentary, but he totally missed the point.

I agree that some of the debate of evolution versus creation belongs in the philosophy class. I was writing about the science that supports evolution theory and the science that contradicts evolution theory both being taught in science classrooms.

The Cambrian explosion is science that says all phyla came into existence almost simultaneously, not slowly from simple to complex forms. Professor Kurt Hochenauer in his Commentary (“Point: More doctors, less preachers,” April 13, Gazette) referred to advances in vaccines and livestock breeding made possible by evolution theory, but failed to mention those advances are products of microevolution within a kind, not macroevolution of one kind transforming into another kind like cats into dogs.

DNA studies show there is no mechanism for that kind of change except mutations, which have been shown to destroy information, not adding needed information required for total transformation. There are even processes within the DNA to correct changes that might occur.

These kinds of science facts belong in science classes, not a philosophy class.

—Steve Kern
Oklahoma City

Kern, husband of state Rep. Sally Kern, is pastor of Olivet Baptist Church and adjunct professor at Mid-America Christian University.

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