William Provine takes the extreme point of view that people (implying particularly scientists) who practice religion must check their brains at the church door. His view seems to be that a scientist cannot justify believing both in religion and in scientific principles, including evolution.
I take exception with Provine’s point of view. Religion is a very personal set of beliefs. It is no more right for Provine to thrust his atheism on readers than for the Pope to force people to his point of view. And, Provine doesn’t get the point. The foundation of religion is faith in unveriflable events; the foundation of science is faith in what we believe are verifiable events. It makes no sense to subject religion to tests of fact or to have faith in unveriflable events of science.
JOHN J. McGLONE
College of Agricultural Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409