The recent eclipse heightened my respect for the scientists who somehow were able to predict it right to the second. That no doubt involved lots of observations, mathematics and physics. The entire episode has bolstered my confidence in scientific method and our community of scientists. They may well be correct in asserting that human activity is a major contribution to global warming.

They may also be correct in asserting that the earth is millions of years old, in spite of state Rep. Jesse Kremer’s claim on May 11 that it is a “fact” that the earth is only 6,000 years old. Gov. Walker artfully dodged the issue.

Perhaps Galileo had it right when he suggested that science tells us how the world goes while the Bible shows us how to go to heaven. The distinction is an important one. The Catholic Church and many Protestants have basically adopted Galileo’s suggestion and are content to abide on this truly ancient and marvelous planet.

Wayne Johnson

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