Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Current of Galloway Township, New Jersey. The letter is titled Science attests to God’s reality. 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:
This is in response to a letter in the May 9 edition from a writer who groused that we should get rid of all our “superstitions” and “baloney beliefs” – which is how he defined belief in God.
We can’t find that earlier letter, but it doesn’t matter. What follows are five numbered paragraphs presenting the letter-writer’s evidence for the existence of God. Hey — he’s got five proofs? This man is a modern day Thomas Aquinas. We realize that this isn’t, strictly speaking, a letter about creationism, but he mentions the Big Bang and DNA, so it’s close. Okay, let’s begin reading the five scientific proofs:
1) Scientific research has proved that the universe had a definite beginning. Science has also proved that every effect must have a cause greater than itself. Thus, something greater than the universe that pre-existed it must have caused it to exist.
We’re confused. Newton’s third law of motion speaks of equal and opposite reactions. We’d like a little more information about the proof that causes must be greater than their effects, but we’re not going to get it here. Let’s read on:
2) Science has proved that the simple cannot create the complex, something impersonal cannot generate something personal, and something nonrational cannot generate something rational. Intelligence must also be generated by previously existing intelligence. Thus, the universe must have been created by something incredibly complex, personal, rational and intelligent.
We’re not familiar with those propositions either. But if he’s got the proof, then his conclusion makes sense. The letter continues:
3) Science has proved that life can only come from previously existing life (“Life begets life”).
That’s probably a reference to the bogus Law of Biogenesis attributed to Pasteur. See Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Here’s more:
4) The genes and DNA of living things contain a huge amount of nonphysical information that determines their every physical detail. Such information could only be generated by a supremely intelligent, rational, ordered mind.
Ah yes, the spiritual component of DNA. Here comes scientific proof number 5:
5) The testimony of the 66 separate historical books of the Bible attest to God’s reality and his past interaction with the human race. This includes the life, teachings, death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, testified to by the 27 books in the New Testament written by contemporary eyewitnesses who all personally knew him. These men all went to their death as martyrs, insisting that what they said about Jesus was the truth.
Paul probably never met Jesus, and we’re not at all certain how Matthew, Mark, Luke and John died, but we claim no expertise in such matters. Here’s how the letter ends:
What we really need to get rid of is the kind of willful ignorance and religious bigotry demonstrated by the writer.
Amen to that! Oh — he probably means the earlier letter-writer. Anyway, dear reader, now you have your scientific proof.
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