In response to your Oct. 5 front-page article "Creationism, Coming to Life in Suburbia," it is sad that your paper would take this viewpoint seriously. At the same time, it is amusing that the two persons you chose to focus on exemplify the very stereotype you are pretending to dispel.
That they are upper-middle class and educated and interested in science does not change the fact that they have chosen faith (believing without proof) over evidence.
Joseph Smith is quoted as saying, "In the end it comes down to who do you trust. We know who wrote the Bible. Now compare him to whoever wrote this or that scientific paper." But to "know" such a thing as that God wrote the Bible is impossible. The writers of scientific papers, however, tell us the procedures they used to come to their conclusions, and thus are more credible than arguments from faith.
Finally, whether Kansas was under the sea millions of years ago does not depend on "if you believe all those science textbooks," as your article states. It either was or was not, independent of our beliefs.
When are reasonable people, college educated even, going to see how self-serving it sounds when they attribute their good fortune to an act of God, as if God was there for them but not the others.
I'm wondering about good journalism. Would it have been inappropriate for your reporter to ask a question or two? Was it chance? Or did God protect Bonnie Smith but abandon the others who drowned in the bridge collapse? Is Smith deluded by her good fortune and using it to support her belief in God? How is the political process affected when people like Smith (especially politicians) attribute such events to the work of a ruling supreme being?
Smith believes our lives are determined by forces we have no control over. What about the bridge mishap? Were city engineers baffled? Was this a miraculous event? Or was the bridge old and in need of repairs? The truth is Bonnie Smith was lucky.
Justifying one's good fortune by believing one is special and different from others not so fortunate is way too easy, way too convenient. Are journalists not supposed to raise such questions?
--Mark K. Bennett