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Christianity and science have been feuding for centuries and "Search the Bible, not Google" (letter, Sept. 14) is yet another example of the dispute that has seen such historic figures as Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei threatened, tortured, jailed and even executed when technological advancements proved church doctrine flawed or incorrect. The Internet and search engines such as Google are just the latest threat the church faces from science.

The letter states "The Bible is, and always has been, enough information to be successful in life." This is exactly the stand that Christian leaders took before Johann Gutenberg’s invention made it possible for laymen to access the Bible and make their own interpretations.

The letter writer states that Google is a worldly creation that is "separated from the word of God." How is this any different than the Bible? If the Bible is the inspired word of God, who is to say that God didn’t also inspire the Internet?

Copernicus’ heliocentric theories were widely discredited when Galileo promoted them because they were in direct contrast to the church’s geocentric teachings, yet they have been proven accurate beyond debate. These geocentric views were, at one time, held forth by the church as the inspired word of God. They were wrong then, and it may just be that the church, and the inspired word of God, is wrong on the subject of homosexuality.

Beware of anyone who is opposed to seeking information from any source but one. Such attitudes have held mankind back for centuries and continue to do so to this day. Ideas such as these are the source of our troubles in the Middle East.

The Bible has been around much longer than Google, but mankind’s thirst for knowledge has been around even longer, and will, hopefully, survive biblical teachings.

Bobby J. HuntAnsbach, Germany


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