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. We will, however, point out that at the end of the article the author is identified as: “a Rutgers Business School senior majoring in supply chain and marketing science with minors in business and technical writing and economics.” Okay, here we go:
I do not believe in the theory of evolution. I do not believe human beings or any other complex creatures on this earth were originally single-celled organisms that evolved into what they are because of billions of years of natural selection and genetic mutation. I believe that God created human beings and other complex creatures in a form not too dissimilar from how they are now, and I will show that my belief of old-earth creationism at least has merit.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The author is a college senior. Well, he’s only a business major. What’s he going to do for a career — open a chain of creation museums? Anyway, he’s promised to show us that his belief in creationism has merit, so let’s see what he’s got to offer:
In order to show the merit of creationism, I must first show that belief in God has merit, which is a far easier task. God’s existence, after all, is the best explanation for any supernatural phenomenon that might exist, so in order to reasonably demonstrate the existence of God, all I would have to do is reasonably demonstrate the existence of supernatural phenomena.
This is amazing! Let’s read on:
And supernatural phenomena are actually fairly commonplace. I’ve witnessed them numerous times and been a party to them numerous times. I’ve met people who have experienced supernatural phenomena far crazier than anything I’ve ever experienced, and read non-fictional accounts about many others. I can spend hundreds of thousands of pages describing events that have unquestionably occurred that cannot be reasonably explained by anything other than the existence of God, but considering humans’ often skeptical nature, the best possible way to prove the existence of supernatural phenomena is, of course, to demonstrate such things. That’s not easy to do through an article. Please take my word for it.
Hey, Mr. business major: The Curmudgeon has some high and dry land in the middle of the Everglades to sell you, and it’s ready for development. Please take my word for it.
Ah well, let’s continue:
Now, starting with the assumption that God exists, it seems fairly reasonably to think that he created the living species on earth more or less as they are. [Aaaargh!!] Sure, there are some fossils that seem to represent intermediary stages between some creatures, but these could easily be extinct unique creatures. [Aaaargh!!] We scarcely have fossils for all the supposed evolutionary stages after all, and for many creatures, there are no “intermediaries.”
Good, huh? Here’s more:
The fact of the matter is that all the evidence that exists for evolution is easily consistent with creation, and a decent amount of that evidence for evolution is also evidence for creation. Many people say the theory of evolution is the best explanation for life on earth, and it is, if you are willing to arbitrarily ignore God.
We’ll skip a bit. You can click over there to read it all. Here’s the last paragraph:
I just want to show the public how it is that a rational person who understands evolutionary science can believe in creationism. [Aaaargh!!] All I ask is that biologists stop acting like evolution is a fact of the universe. Evolution is a theory that has a lot of merit, but creationism also has merit because the facts fit just as well with it, especially considering the utter complexity of life. DNA has a powerful built-in error-checking mechanism, c’mon. You’re going to tell me it’s far more likely that was developed by chance?
So there you are. The newspaper has only one comment so far. Perhaps everyone on campus is in shock.
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