I’m a student here at TCU and read the Skiff on an almost daily basis. Wednesday morning I was surprised, however, as I read through Jack Enright’s article “Science behind evolution should be priority.” I am a Christian, and while I see some valid points made by Enright, I also had some serious issues with his argument.
To say that teaching creationism is unconstitutional is accurate enough, even though that law is a whole separate issue of itself. Regardless, that was a reasonable excuse for promoting creationism as the only option for high schools.
However, it was the flippant if not completely ignorant and broad based statements that he made about the beliefs of Christians that really bothered me. His word usage and choice of phrasing such as “clearly” they can’t be true, and “of course, it’s more than probable [that] neither are” implied that fundamental Christian beliefs are not only impractical, but on the same level as a fairy tale or the boogie man, clearly not meant to be taken seriously by anyone of intelligence.
His assessment that these stories are widely accepted as metaphorical only is based on mainstream Christian beliefs that I have apparently missed in 20 years of church attendance. His closing statement about what anyone can clearly tell about the Bible is so far from the mark that it’s almost laughable.
Creationism is a widely and firmly held belief about the origins of the earth and to excuse it as a mere metaphor is to be naive. There are many respected scientists worldwide who will argue with scientific data for the creationist theory; to dismiss it on a whim as an ignorant reader’s misinterpretation is just unrealistic.
I don’t claim to be an expert on the Bible by any means, and I wouldn’t consider myself radical or even particularly outspoken in most cases, but to have someone make statements that are implied to be commonly accepted as fact that are, in reality, not even close to the beliefs of the people he is describing is extremely frustrating.
If evolution is to be pushed in the schools of this nation, then fine, push away by government mandate. But don’t push your misinformed interpretations of the creationist beliefs on the readers of this campus. Have your opinion, but at least get the basic facts right about the Christian faith if you’re going to write for Texas Christian University.
Emily Kirby, sophomore English major from Sherman.