"The world is telling you that science and faith don't go together, that God couldn't have done all of that," says Kristen Clark '09, a physics major from Michigan who heads outreach for the Rensselaer Newman Catholic Fellowship. "Part of what is great about RPI is that you can learn that these things go together. It's a struggle. Science can't explain everything."That statement was apparently too much for one RPI graduate, who responded with a letter to the editor in the latest edition of the magazine.
Science Can Explain EverythingNumber one, lighten up! I'm quite certain that the dominant philosophy at RPI is in agreement with the letter writer, so he hardly needs to get so worked up that an article mentioned, but did not endorse, an alternative idea. Secondly, consider this sentence: "We don't have all the answers now, but eventually ______ will make everything clear." Fill in that blank with God, and apparently you're a crazy Christian (and certainly not "forward thinking"). But put science in the blank, and you are a completely rational person making observations based solely on evidence? I think not. This guy has just as much faith as Kristen Clark does, just in something different.
I read recently with some dismay your cover story on spiritual faith in the Spring '06 Alumni/ae Magazine. I think it unfortunate that you chose to feature twice in that article a particular quote by Kristen Clark '09 (both in the third paragraph of the article as well as in a legend to one of the figures).
I am referring to the following sentence: "Science can't explain everything."
I firmly disagree. Science can and will eventually explain everything. The simple fact that science has not yet explained everything does not automatically prove the existence of a creator or the weakness of the scientific method. In choosing to feature that particular point of view in your piece on students and their religious observances, you provide tacit approval to those who would elevate faith over science.
I expected a publication produced by one of the nation's leading technological universities to have a more forward thinking point of view. What can I expect in the next issue, a cover story promoting intelligent design?