Larry Clayton’s Sunday columns are interesting occasionally, and I can tolerate his sermonizing, but I found part of the column for Sept. 9 disturbing. Clayton writes about the presence of man on Earth …“thousands of years if you are a Christian (about 6,000 from the Garden of Eden) or perhaps millions of years if you are a scientist, which does not exclude you from being a Christian… ”

Well, I am a Christian, not one of the scientists to whom Clayton refers (perhaps with a hint of disdain). I am a plain old ordinary Episcopalian. I don’t believe for one minute that Earth is 6,000 years old or that the first chapter of Genesis is, or was ever meant to me, a historical account -- or anything but a profound, poetic statement of faith.

To imply that we non-scientists are obliged to ignore science in the name of faith is offensive, and to propagate ignorance of established science is a disservice to the cause of Christianity that Clayton purports to serve.

If The News wants to offer a religion page with an open-minded treatment of diverse issues, that would be great. But the editorial page should deal with topics of public concern. It is not an appropriate place for Clayton or anyone to spout off about his particular brand of faith.