I am so glad that David P. Barash (“ God and my biology class,” Oct. 5 Point of View) gives “the talk” about the relationship between religious faith and evolutionary biology.
I, like Spencer Tracy’s character in “Inherit the Wind,” have held both Darwin’s “Origin of the Species” and the Bible together. As a matter of fact, I hope Barash will read the books of Teilhard de Chardin, a paleontologist and Roman Catholic priest who built his whole philosophy/theology on the principles of evolutionary biology.
Teilhard maintained that the beauty of the evolutionary principle was not so much about how life began as in where it is headed. He saw the whole process moving to an “Omega Point” in God where the material and spiritual worlds become integrated, whole and “all in all.”
I agree with Barash that clasping Darwin and the Bible together is not simple, but neither is life. That’s why our brains are evolving as well. In our faith community, we welcome thinking pilgrims.
Bob Albritton, Pastor, Wendell United Methodist Church, Wendell