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The Real Issue

March 16, 1986

Re the creationist/evolutionist controversy ("Creation Theory Goes to a Graduate School" by Gordon Smith, Feb. 19), I find no contradiction between the two systems. If one accepts the theory of evolution, can not one also believe that God created the first cell, that God is in the evolutionary process, and that evolution's ultimate goal is pure spirit? What does it matter whether the Earth is 6,000 or 4.5 billion years old? The real issue is whether Homo sapiens will stay around a bit longer in spite of the bomb and other environmental hazards.

THE REV. VANCE GEIER

Los Angeles

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