Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Winston-Salem Journal of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The letter is titled Delving deeper. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do, we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:
The ‘theory’ of the ‘big bang’ would explain only the distribution of mass and energy spread throughout the universe or multiverse. The distribution of matter does not equal life. No one has been able to take an element or elements from the Periodic Table and create biological life.
Right away, the letter-writer points out a glaring flaw in the big bang theory — although it somehow explains “only” the mass and energy in the universe — and the multiverse! — it doesn’t explain life. After that insightful beginning, he continues to demolish everything else you’ve foolishly believed. Continue reading, if you dare:
The complexity of a human cell and its contents are difficult to fathom [list of features and processes omitted]. How does a natural process even produce a cell wall to hold the contents? I wonder which came first, the cell wall or its contents, kind of like the chicken and the egg. How does life emanate from inert matter?
Hey — that’s a great new original question: Which came first, the cell wall or its contents? Let’s read on:
The evolutionists Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins argue that suboptimal designs exist. They imply this is an argument against intelligent design.
Neither sloppy design nor anything else can ever prove the intelligent designer’s non-existence, but it certainly demonstrates that if he does exist, his handiwork is that of a blundering boob. We continue:
This is a self-contradictory position since natural selection would eliminate suboptimalities.
Where did the letter-writer get that idea? Natural selection tolerates a lot of less-then-perfect features. Here’s more:
Our world is interpreted by the eye of the beholder. One can choose to believe he evolved from algae and another from design.
Yes, it’s just that easy. Flip a coin and choose your reality. Moving along:
I do not believe in the supernatural by default and would ask the following questions: explain blue stars, the explosion of human genetic diversity 5,000 years ago, statistical population growth based on an evolutionary time frame, and brine concentration in our oceans.
The letter-writer threatens to continue with his creationism unless we spend what remains of our weekend to explain those things to his satisfaction. Your Curmudgeon declines the opportunity, but you, dear reader, may accept the challenge if you wish. Here’s how the letter ends:
I personally cannot connect the dots to trace my lineage to a pond. My original question, ‘Where did the matter/singularity come from?’ still stands.
A powerful and thought-provoking letter! The newspaper published someone’s attempt to answer the letter-writer here: Delving into pseudoscience. It wasn’t a great response, but how much time can anyone be expected to spend on such things?
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