Vail Dail letter: Speculations |

Vail Dail letter: Speculations

Joe Schwan
Vail, CO, Colorado

I would like to make a couple of comments regarding “Onward Christian students,” by Richard Carnes. I am happy to hear that the author does not hate anything, and I believe he truly is glad that Vail Christian High School is going to remain open.

The thing I disagree with is his statement that “We all know what was really responsible for the saving” (of the school). He attributes hard cash as the saving grace in this rescue, where I would attribute it to the goodness of those people’s hearts who were willing to part with that hard cash.

Although he made note that these people must care more about about a school than a bank balance, I believe he views their act much too casually.

Could the act have been divine intervention? I can’t prove that. Divine inspiration? Maybe.

The students were told congratulations on “facing your fears.” Would it be unreasonable to consider that their method of facing those fears was through prayer?

I would be willing to guess that was the case for more than one student. Going a step further, could those prayers have reached the hearts of the subsequent donors? Don’t know. Can’t prove that, either.

The fact is the school will remain open. I do not know anyone who attends Vail Christian, but I am thankful the doors will remain open and the students will continue their education in a Christian atmosphere.

As for “Jesus or the power of prayer” saving the school, once again we are not able to prove it using the scientific method.

But I will say that when the new school year begins, I believe Jesus will be walking in those halls (spiritually) and within the hearts of many of the students and faculty.

Ancient superstitions? I don’t believe so. Supernatural, undoubtedly.

Of course, these are my beliefs and I go solely on faith, which I can’t explain. Nonetheless, I look at that faith as a gift.

There are many things that the gift of science can not explain, either.

But that is no reason to dispel it simply because it did not give us an explanation we can understand.

Oftentimes, it becomes easy to make condescending remarks when one does not understand another person’s beliefs.

I try to shy away from this simply because I wouldn’t want anyone to make those type of remarks about me.

I don’t think remarks like these are hateful, but they can be hurtful.

I believe that the conversations that are the most productive are those that respect the other person’s views. Both sides, compassionate, inquisitive, humble and, above all, peaceful.

I truly feel that with the doors of Vail Christian remaining open, we will see graduates who are more open to this type of dialogue. This will be my prayer.

FYI: I have read “Cosmos,” “Broca’s Brain” and “Dragons of Eden,” for which Carl Sagan received the Pulitzer in 1977. The subtitle of that book is “Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence.”

Joe Schwan


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