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Letter of the month winner: C Dale German of Bethany

Published: August 8, 2012

Each month, The Oklahoman's editorial board recognizes a contributor to Your Views for a letter to the editor that exemplifies a timely, fair, accurate and cogent viewpoint. C. Dale German of Bethany is the honoree for letters that appeared in Your Views last month. His “Foundational to faith” letter was published July 20.

Meet the writer:

C. Dale German is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. German, 70, is a retired pastor in the Church of the Nazarene having served in Texas, Arizona, California and Oregon. He also taught at Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. Currently he is employed as an Oklahoma City Ambassador. You can find him driving water taxi boats on Bricktown Canal.

The letter:

I'm not a scientist, but as a theologically schooled retired pastor I'd like to broaden “A matter of faith vs. reason” (ScissorTales, July 14). Detection of the Higgs boson is an amazingly intriguing scientific advance. May it yield ever more clues of the origin of matter! My comment has to do with the notion that faith and reason are incompatible. Reason is foundational to faith. Reason gives substance to faith. Faith without reason could become belief in total nonsense.

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