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Maurer’s faith in science misplaced

June 27, 2015

I read Michael Maurer’s columns occasionally when he pontificates about the age of the Earth, Noah and the foolishness of men walking with dinosaurs. His faith in science is amazing.

I was nine years old in 1969, and the moon landing was the most-talked-about event of the day. I remember scientists being interviewed about the dangers of landing on the moon, and I was truly concerned for the safety of the astronauts.

I particularity remember concern about the depth of dust on the lunar surface. We were taught in school that the Earth was millions of years old, and scientists had done studies of how the Earth and moon were hit with dust from outer space.

I remember one scientist stating the dust could be up to 50-feet thick. This frightened me, as I envisioned the Lunar Excursion Module being lost as it sank into the dust on the surface of the moon.

In fact, astronauts discovered there were only a few inches of dust on the moon.

I also remember being taught in school in 1977 that we were entering another ice age and that, because we would be burning so much of our fossil fuel supply just to sustain life and heat our homes, we would run out in 20 years.

We were taught this as fact in my school, and the media also put forth this doomed forecast.

I personally choose the words recorded by Moses and the Prophets. I choose to believe them and their prediction of the Messiah. I will stand with Christ, the supreme scientist who made the Earth and all that is in it.

I foolishly believe in a last day when all men will be judged for their actions and beliefs. I don’t have the faith in chance and circumstance that you have. In your view, it just so happens we live on a planet that is not so close to the sun that we burn up and not so far away that we freeze to death. It just so happens that water falls from the sky that we need to live. It just so happens that there is an atmosphere around the Earth that blocks harmful rays of the sun making it possible for life on this planet. It just so happens that food springs forth from the Earth that we need to eat. It just so happens that there is air to breathe at just the right oxygen content that we need to sustain our life.

As I said, your faith in nothing is amazing. Keep writing of your faith in “just so happens.”

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Aaron Stucki

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