Responses to the February issue raised a question about belief: Are people who trust in fact any less closed-minded than those who favor faith? In "Sticker Shock," Steve Mirsky satirized the Cobb County, Georgia, school board's attempt to place disclaimer stickers in biology textbooks warning students that they contain material on the theory of evolution. George T. Matzko, chairman of the natural science division at Bob Jones University in South Carolina, suggested "a sticker for Scientific American in the same vein as the column: 'Warning, this magazine holds to the theory that all phenomena, including origins, can be explained in terms of natural causes and is therefore atheistic in tone and content.'" But Albert Eatock of Bracebridge, Ontario, pointed to another popular text that may need a disclaimer: "The Bible started as oral history and has been translated and reinterpreted numerous times since its inception. Therefore, it is not factual and should be approached with an open but critical mind." Warning: more disputation and discourse that are highly subjective in tone and content follow.

Steve Mirsky's column "Sticker Shock" [Anti Gravity] was another attempt to perpetuate the myth that there is a conflict between science and religion.

Because the modern Catholic Church knows its charter is not the physical sciences but rather the salvation of man, it is unfazed by the theory of evolution. Addressing this, Pope John Paul II said, "Truth cannot contradict truth." This comprehension is easily discovered in the catechism and Vatican documents. As a faithful Roman Catholic, I have never been afraid of science. I have, however, seen many who are afraid to explore faith. For Mirsky to treat fundamentally disparate groups as one entity is not, well, very scientific.
Christopher Halpern
Longwood, Fla.