Former Vascular Surgeon Shares Thoughts on Mr. Li’s Article ‘How Humankind Came To Be’

Dr. David Loiterman is a past president of the Chicago Medical Society and a former delegate to the American Medical Association. He shared his response after reading “How Humankind Came To Be,” an article by Falun Gong founder Mr. Li Hongzhi published in The Epoch Times and NTD. The former heart surgeon said that he strongly believes in a higher power, which partly stems from his witnessing several miracles in and out of the emergency room.

Loiterman is a sailor who has traveled a great deal, and has had many opportunities to look to the position of stars for navigation. When thinking about how the Earth turns, how it’s on an axis, and how the axis creates the seasons, “to make an assumption that all this just occurred by chance, at least for me, is a large leap,” he said. “And again, in my career as a cardiovascular surgeon. I can tell many stories of what I would consider to be miracles.”

“So, yes, I personally believe in a higher power. I don’t think humans are fully capable of understanding what that power is and how it works. I don’t believe that any one particular faith has very specific insight into the power and how it works. But to the extent—and I think this is one of the things that struck me about the article—that all faiths have something to contribute to humanity, and to the extent that leadership across the face can speak with one another and explore the commonalities and differences, that can only benefit humankind.”

“I think the reason that the Communist Party, whether it’s the Communist Party in Russia or in China, was desirous of suppressing faith is because faith is a competing interest with the party, with the political party, for the—I’ll use the hackneyed phrase—the hearts and minds, if you will, of the populace.

“And so that’s been a constant theme throughout humanity, that suppression of faith and the interjection of a political belief in the place of faith is functionally or structurally the way they go. And that was something that struck me about the article that appeared at the time. … I thought [Mr. Li] was on point with that,” Loiterman said.