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Nickerson, K.W. 2009. An essay on evolution: evolution and the origin of life are separate and distinct concepts, Lincoln Journal Star, Community Column, February 12, 2009.


(c) Kenneth Nickerson 2009


Two years ago on a Saturday morning, I was asked quite pointedly by two friends how I could be both spiritual and a scientist. My questioning friends felt that these qualities were incompatible. It turned out their church taught that scientists were ‘the enemy’ because scientists believe in evolution. Since that time, Letters to the Editor regarding evolution have attracted my attention. Many of the published letters stated that the author did not believe in evolution, and argued in support of his/her position that God had created life. The authors thoroughly confuse two concepts which are separate and distinct: Evolution and the Origin of Life