In "The right to be different" (8/12/05), I agree with Mr. Kluth's statement that a "willingness to accept, or at least understand, different attitudes and values can be realized only when we grant one another the right to be different." Diversity in humanity has been and always will be a wonderful way that we are forced to think and grow.
However, Mr. Kluth also referred to the Big Bang and evolution as fact. I believe Mr. Kluth, along with the majority of those who hold the same view, is adhering to a philosophical position known as Materialism.
Materialism assumes that all that exists is only matter -- no Spirit, no God, no Creator. Therefore, Materialism states that matter is eternal -- it has always existed. However, matter is not eternal because it is not self-maintaining. It cannot create itself. In addition, everything in the universe, from decaying organisms to the sun and stars, is losing energy constantly and going from states of order to disorder (Second Law of Thermodynamics) So, from where did this highly organized matter come? It had to have been created.
Mr. Kluth also alludes to a much-needed tolerance in the world. Until recently, tolerance meant that two people could have diametrically opposing viewpoints while still living amicably as neighbors, respecting the other's right to his opinion. But each person would logically assume that only one of the opposing positions could be true. (In logic, this is referred to as The Law of Non-Contradiction.)
However, the new definition of tolerance to which Mr. Kluth refers implies that there are no moral absolutes. Again, this leads to a conundrum, because moral absolutes are necessary if, as Mr. Kluth says he desires, we are all to reach "agreement regarding morality."
The only way to attain the moral unity to which Mr. Kluth refers lies is a common faith which is in line with both science and reason. The only faith I know of which has stood the test of time and the test of both reason and empirical scientific evidence is the historical faith of the Bible. My hope is that Mr. Kluth will take a critical look at his presuppositions.
Jonathan Marsh, Payson