Contrary to your Faith and Values article featuring the Rev. Jeremy Rutledge, most Christians and atheists believe that science and religion are complementary.

Neither the Bible nor science can state the “how” of creation, and it’s often argued that the timeline is also at issue. Both sides have their theories, and neither side can ultimately prove the “process” of creation, particularly that of life and more importantly, that of man. Science does not say what this process is.

Atheists and some Christians believe that evolution is the right “theory,” and within that discussion there is major disagreement on whether God was or was not involved. On the other side of the argument, many Christians believe in the intelligent design theory.

As science delves into fossil facts trying to support evolution, it becomes more and more difficult to find supporting evidence without making up fantastic theories about gaps in data. More data reveal the incredible science behind the sustaining of life in the universe and within our own bodies. It points more directly to the likelihood of an intelligent creator, which most refer to as God. Why one theory is taught in schools and the other is not is simply bias.

Why do we insist on an educational system of indoctrination, instead of presenting our youth with competing theories, and then teaching them to think for themselves? Are we truly that worried that they might come up with the wrong answer, or are we fearful that those in control will lose their power and influence?

Dale Good

RiverTowne Country Club Drive

Mount Pleasant