Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Fiji Times, a daily English-language newspaper published in Suva, the capital of the Republic of Fiji, a country comprised of more than 332 islands located northeast of New Zealand. The letter is titled: Did we come from monkeys?
We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. But there’s no problem with this one. The letter-writer is Pastor Kory Mears of the Nausori Baptist Church. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In 1859 with the publication of the famous book Origin of the Species Charles Darwin would forever change the way our modern world looked at the issue of origins. His theory concluded that the biblical account of creation was false, that there was no intelligent designer, and that our universe and life was nothing more than a series of accidental mutations over billions of years.
You see, dear reader, why it’s so important to read these letters. Where else would you learn that Darwin’s book was titled Origin of the Species? And you probably didn’t know that it was also about the origin of the universe. Then we’re told:
Christians who still believe in the biblical account of creation are often accused of “ignoring scientific evidence” and accepting creation with “blind faith”. But this statement is simply not true. In fact, there is a growing body of scientists, both Christian and non-Christian, who have found the theory of evolution to have gaping holes and scientifically impossible explanations that require a huge amount of “blind faith”.
Wow — evolution has “gaping holes” and “scientifically impossible explanations” that require a huge amount of “blind faith.” Compared to that, creationism looks pretty good! Let’s read on:
One of the many “giant leaps” proposed by evolutionists is that living matter spontaneously evolved from non living matter. Their theory is that at some point in the distant past, there was no life on Earth just non living matter. It is hypothesised [sic] that there existed on Earth a “primordial soup” with just the right chemicals and atmospheric conditions and that life was “spontaneously generated”
Well, it’s not quite that big a leap. Abiogenesis — we don’t like that term, but it seems here to stay — suggests that the process began with the perfectly natural appearance of self-replicating molecules, which, by their nature, became abundant, and things gradually progressed from there. We continue:
Mind you, no scientist has ever been able to prove this theory by experiment or observation in a laboratory. We are just told to “accept it” with no evidence. Sounds like blind faith!
Blind faith? Egad — we can’t have any of that, can we, Rev?
Then the rev spends a few paragraphs lovingly telling about the views of Fredrick Hoyle, who is esteemed by creationists for his Junkyard tornado argument. The rev claims, quite correctly, that the spontaneous generation of just a single amoeba is wildly improbable, and from that he assumes that life couldn’t have begun by any natural process.
Then the rev tells us how much data can be stored in a strand of DNA, and he says:
The odds that DNA spontaneously generated with that level of complexity is so ridiculous that it is virtually impossible. But those are just the odds of spontaneous generation. Add to that, the odds that trillions of accidental mutations over time would give us the amazingly complex living systems of today, and you are really living on “blind faith”.
The rev is refuting the imaginary Theory of Spontaneous Assembly of Very Complex Molecules from Start to Finish from Utterly Isolated Atoms (TSAVCMSFUIA). That’s included in our Compendium of Curmudgeonly Concepts. Even that’s not the rev’s biggest objection to evolution. Here’s more:
But what is so significant is that if the theory of evolution is true, then the Bible cannot be true. The book of Genesis, which gives us God’s account of the creation of the universe, the earth, living matter and mankind, would all be false if the theory of evolution is true.
We can’t allow that! Moving along:
The theory of evolution has been responsible for a massive decline in morality in the world. Once you convince a society that there is no God, that all religion is fiction or a coping mechanism, you also destroy the basis for morality.
That explains why Darwin was such a savage brute. The final few paragraphs of the rev’s letter are a promotion of something called the Creation Science Conference, where:
You will be presented with evidence that reveals a wise, intelligent creator is responsible for the grandeur of the universe, not some unexplainable “Big Bang.”
We’re not told where that wonderful conference will be. But even if you have to fly to Fiji, it’ll be worth it. Great letter, Rev!
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