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Creationist Wisdom #494: Teach Both Faiths

This is your lucky day, dear reader. We have a second letter-to-the-editor for you. This one appears in the Peninsula Clarion of Kenai, Alaska. It’s titled Creationism should be part of curriculum. There’s a comments section at the end with only one comment so far.

Today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so we won’t use his (or her) full name. The writer’s first name is somewhat notable — Jubilee. Excerpts from Jubilee’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

In today’s public schools, children are daily being taught that the theory of evolution is fact when in reality, evolution is an unproven theory. Science professors and teachers, in contrast to the way they present evolution, depict creationism as a faith-based view.

Aaaargh!! All theories are unproven, albeit strongly supported by the available evidence. And as for creationism — well, you know. Okay, it’s rather obvious what we’re dealing with, so relax and enjoy the rest of it. Jubilee says:

What students are not being taught is that both evolutionism and creationism are faith-based, and neither can be proven by science.

Evolutionism? Why the double suffix? Does that put the theory in grave danger? Two can play that game. [*Curmudgeon digs into his sack of suffixes*] How about calling creationism creationism-ish-ness? Yeah, we like that. Let’s read on:

By definition, science is the study of the universe based on observations. It is impossible to observe evolution or creation since both would have had to occur in the past. Therefore, neither can be proven by science, and both fall into the realm of matters that are accepted by faith.

We’ve seen that before. But the past leaves clues and it can be known — see The Lessons of Tiktaalik. Jubilee continues:

Even many evolutionists know and admit that their theory is completely based on faith. Noted evolutionary scientists have stated that “The idea of an evolution rests on pure belief” and that “In explaining evolution we do not have one iota of fact.” Perhaps this quote from Dr. George Wald, a biology professor at the University at Harvard, is the most striking:

We won’t bother with Jubilee’s Wald “quote.” It’s totally debunked as #57 in TalkOrigins’s Quote Mine Project. There’s not much left of Jubilee’s letter. This is the last of it:

If creationism is not allowed in public schools because it is faith-based, neither should evolutionism be allowed in public schools, for it is also faith-based. Since evolutionists can impose their beliefs on students, why can’t creationists teach theirs?

Great letter, Jubilee! You’re a fantastic advocate of creationism-ish-ness.

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Creationist Wisdom #493: Evolutionists Are Fools!

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the High Point Enterprise of High Point, North Carolina. The letter is titled Evolution theory is lacking in facts. There’s a comments section at the end, but no one has commented yet.

We don’t disclose a letter-writer’s full name unless he’s a politician, preacher, or other public figure. There’s no problem this time because the writer is some kind of preacher. His name is Ray Alcon, and this is his website:The Discipleship Ministry of Ray Alcon. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

After reading Mark Venable’s guest column, “Evolution is a fact,” in The High Point Enterprise Nov. 11, I’m convinced that evolutionists live in a world of make-believe and delusion.

That’s probably a reference to this: Our worldview or not, evolution is physical reality, written by a biology professor at Appalachian State University. Back to the rev’s letter:

There isn’t one single and scientific fact that established evolution as true. The fact is evolution has never been, nor ever will be, observed. The fact is the second law of thermodynamics destroys the possibility of evolution. The fact is there has never been and never will be an intermediate evolutionary form found in the fossil record.

Lordy, lordy. That is one gigantic ark-load of reality-denial. Let’s read on:

The fact is fossils found of plants or animals look just like their same species today.

Has the rev convinced you yet? Don’t worry, there’s lots more. He continues:

The fact is there are not millions of Christians today that believe in evolution. There may be millions who claim to be Christians who believe the big lie. The word “Christian” means “Christlike,” and Christ never did nor ever will deny His creation.

Get that? The rev says no true Christian could accept evolution. We don’t pretend to have the rev’s expertise, but we once wrote about some scripture that suggests the contrary — see Is Evolution in the Bible? (Part 2). Here’s more from the rev:

I can claim to be the queen of England, but that doesn’t make me her. The fact is that God was the only one present at His creation; so I’ll take his word for what happened.

Someone actually is the queen, so the rev’s claim to be that person could be tested. But his claim about who was present during the creation described in Genesis isn’t even about reality. Another excerpt:

The fact is after decades of brainwashing in our educational system, the majority of people still don’t believe evolution to be true, according to a recent poll.

Ah yes, using popular opinion to verify science. And now we come to the end:

The fact is that evolutionists cling to their belief because they don’t want to be answerable to anyone but themselves. God gives a good description of them in Romans 1: 21-25.

That collection of verses contains this, which creationists often cite: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” Beware, dear reader, the rev is talking about you.

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The Discoveroids’ Brilliant Question

This is about a brief, yet very revealing post at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. It was written by Tom Bethell. He’s not officially a Discoveroid, but they publish his essays. Wikipedia says he advocates intelligent design and other fringe ideas. The last time we wrote about one of his essays was Discovery Institute: Natural Selection Is a Fallacy (he claims it’s a tautology).

Bethell’s new contribution is How Does Modern Medicine Depend on Darwinism? Everyone can think of a couple of answers to that question. We provided one six years ago when the Discoveroids first expressed doubt about the value of evolution to the practice of medicine — see Discovery Institute: Toad-Tested Medicine!

But Bethell’s title isn’t the “brilliant question” that our title refers to. That comes a bit later. First he discusses an article by Scott Russell Sanders which says (if we can trust a Discoveroid quote) that evolution “undergirds all of modern medicine and the life sciences.” Bethell seizes upon that and says:

“Undergirds all of modern medicine”? I wonder if Sanders or anyone else can provide, as an example, one modern medical opinion that would be shown to be false if it were generally accepted that bodies are designed. [Bold font added by us.]

That’s Bethell’s brilliant question, and it’s the end of his post. He imagines that he has presented you, dear reader, with a powerful challenge to which you have no answer. Well, do you?

One obvious response is that if we were intelligently designed, we wouldn’t have any need of physicians. Well, maybe for broken bones and stuff like that, but a truly intelligent designer would make us unbreakable.

But that’s too easy. We have a different response to Bethell’s question. It’s a question of our own, but we’re not asking Bethell because we don’t care what his answer might be. Our question is this: Is there any evidence for evolution, or any conclusion we draw from evolution, that the Discoveroids can’t claim is the work of their magic designer? If their “theory” is consistent with everything, no matter what it might be, then does it really explain anything?

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Creationism at St. Cloud State University

Something calling itself the University Chronicle, which seems to be the student newspaper of St. Cloud State University, a state-run university in St. Cloud, Minnesota, has this article: Creationism lecture encourages a different perspective.

There’s a comments section at the end, but no one has commented yet. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

A different scientific perspective was brought to the campus of SCSU Friday evening, Nov. 20, with the presentation of ‘Evolution vs. Science.’ This event was put on by the Northland Bible Baptist Church, featuring keynote speaker Brian Lauer. The point of the presentation was to discuss faith and interpretation vs. fact and experimentation.

We have no doubt that it was a “different scientific perspective.” Who is the “keynote speaker,” Brian Lauer? Neither Wikipedia nor Amazon ever heard of him. We Googled around, and he shows up on various creationist websites. This is what the student newspaper reports about the event:

“Creation is God’s word whereas evolution is man’s imagination,” Lauer said. Many hear the word evolution and conclude that it’s paired with science. Lauer spent most of the presentation discussing evolution and what he believes are holes in the theory.

Holes in the theory? This should be interesting. Let’s read on:

Some of Lauer’s arguments against evolution were from the research of Carl Werner, author of “Living Fossils and Evolution the Grand Experiment.” Werner heavily researched evolution by looking into fossil records, museums and speaking with geologists and scientists around the globe. He concluded that there was no variance in the fossils between modern and ancient animals; the only differences he found were the Latin words used to identify them, their genus and species.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This is the Amazon listing for Werner’s book: Evolution: The Grand Experiment. The publisher is New Leaf Publishing Group, and among their other distinguished authors are Ken Ham and Ray Comfort. We continue:

Astounded, he began to ponder whether evolution was an illusion based on what the scientists named the animals. Lauer also referenced Colin Peterson [sic], who runs the British Museum of Natural History, as another source. Peterson believed there were no fossils in existence of which one could make an airtight assumption that they were transitional.

That name caused us some trouble, until we realized that they had misspelled Colin Patterson. Patterson himself has rebutted that slimy bit of quote-mining — see this at Talk.Origins: Patterson Misquoted. Here’s more:

The presentation continued by further discussing holes in evolution and the Big Bang theory. He described evolution as being a belief system, not science. Science, according to Lauer, is a tool one can use to solidify their faith.

The rest of this thing is so bad that all we’ll do is give you one more excerpt:

Examples of the “holes” he found in the theories of evolution and the Big Bang theory included questions of how life begins if proteins do not form naturally, which is the foundation for life, how something can come from nothing, how something that is not alive becomes alive, and how that one little thing becomes everything else.

So there you are. We’re certain that the audience benefited greatly from Lauer’s brilliant and well-researched presentation.

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