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Mr. Baldwin's letter against creationism (June 29) has prompted me to add a few words on the subject.
Hopefully, I can clarify some misunderstandings people commonly have about creationism and the indeterminacy of translation in many fields.
When attending the University of Alaska at Juneau, my course curriculum did not include philosophy courses beyond intro to philosophy and Far Eastern religions, yet on my own time I did quite a lot of reading in various interdisciplinary fields including logic that led to Wittgenstein's Blue and Brown books and his ideas about the indeterminacy of translation.
The Genitor of the Universe, or universes if one believes in multiverse theory such as Tegmark and Greene have written about recently, gave a revealed scripture to mankind that is called the Bible today, through the writings of various prophets and apostles.
When the word was given for the Universe or what is known to mankind as a "universe" to begin and "there was light," what time values followed in the order of the creation and cosmos? Do the "days" of Genesis represent time periods of uncertain extent in the form of literals as do algebraic literals represent variable numerical content?
Progressive creationist investigations consider some of the Biblical meaning in the context of the indeterminacy of translation between mankind's scientific and philosophical weltanschauung of the era before Christ and today. Does Second Peter Chapter 3 exemplify the uncertainty? "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." The ages of the antediluvian Patriarchs given this conversion value is 2,453,235,000 years. That is approximately when paleontological research speculates that multi-cellular life began on Earth.
There is more to the creation that some ideas or dialectics between Scopes-era debate continuing to the present.
Philosophically, there are far more logical possibilities or alternatives to the context of the universe's state of existence than was known, is known, or will ever be known before the ultimate resurrection unto eternal life.
Gary C. Gibson