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Challenge accepted


James Nimmo September 7th, 2011

I’m delighted to accept Steve Kern’s challenge (Letters, “Fuel for fossil debate,” July 27, Gazette), especially as I can do it with his own words. He implies his Bible is a work of science, and it has convinced him that dinosaurs and men lived at the same time. If his source material is false, then any opinions based thereon are also false.

All we need is one example of an impossibility to prove Kern’s source is false. In Kern’s Bible, we read of the sun and moon standing still as related in Joshua. That means gravity ceased; the laws of physics were negated. Religion provides metaphors for an unschooled era; today’s science describes and measures reality. Kern’s extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence.

Why has no scientific advancement claimed to have been found in the Bible? Pythagoras, Archimedes and Euclid aren’t found in the Bible. The Bible wasn’t used to develop the germ theory or the technique of vaccination. Does any reputable physician think dirt and spit would make a valuable topical drug to cure blindness as told in Kern’s Bible of Science? If Kern can be so intellectually dishonest as to refer to the Bible as a work of science, how can anything else he says be believed?

The desperation to prove his Bible myths relevant in an era dominated by scientific evidence causes Kern to demean what he pretends to hold sacred.

To paraphrase Ron Reagan, son of Ronald, speaking about stem cell research in 2004, “It does not follow that the theology of a few should be allowed to forestall the health and well-being of the many.” Q.E.D.

—James Nimmo
Oklahoma City

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