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To the Editor of the CRIMSON:
Mr. Bryan is beyond doubt a very clever man, and in some ways as powerful a speaker as one could expect to hear. But last Friday evening he seemed essentially an expert juggler of fallacies. His reasoning was hollow. However eloquently it was presented, its convincing power wears off the more one thinks of it. His three main accusations against the Theory of Evolution were that it was silly, a mere guess, and a menace towards the Christian Religion.
In the first place, Evolution is not foolish. Anyone who tries to laugh aside as a joke this great monument of intellectual advancement becomes himself ridiculous. It is food for the loftiest thought. Here, as everywhere else, the revelations of science have proved, beyond comparison, more uplifting and inspiring than any product of the human imagination, such as the myth about Adam and Eve.
In the second place, Evolution is no mere guess. Great masses of convincing evidence surround us on every hand. Living animals, prehistoric fossils, such findings as the Java Ape-Man, and the development of domestic animals, etc., show that Darwin's genius was not misdirected. Also, instances are known where we can see Evolution plainly going on, where we can see certain species of wild animals actually changing under our very eyes. Few scientific theories present as over-whelming an array of supporting evidence as Evolution.
Mr. Bryan, with masterly eloquence, declared that our only hope lay in the Christian Religion. Practically everyone agrees with him here. But what has this to do with Evolution? I myself believe in both Christ and Darwin, and fail to see the wisdom of not doing so. True, the theory blows into bits the idea of the Creation as told in the Old Testament. Our Religion is founded on the New Testament, and has little to do with the Old. I think science is strengthening religion, not destroying it. The more we study the facts, and begin to realize that this universe is not a hodge-podge of works of magic, but a great organized, related system of law and order, the more we become convinced of the existence of a ruling will and reason behind it all.
Incidentally, Mr. Bryan declares that, with a fact to work on, science is all right. How does he expect us to arrive at the facts if he refuses us the theories to start with? S. L. Thorndike '27.
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