YES, gentle reader, you’re seeing two of these in one day! We’re presenting you with yet another example of creationist wisdom: Between Darwin And The Bible, Choose One Built On Faith. This letter to the editor appears on the website of the Chattanoogan, “Chattanooga’s source for breaking local news.”
As is our custom, we’ll copy the letter in its entirety, omitting only the name and city of its author. We’ll be adding some bold font, perhaps some color, along with our Curmudgeonly commentary in between the letter-writer’s paragraphs. Here it comes:
Regardless of the results of the current opinion poll on the theory of evolution first put forward by Darwin there will be people still in two different belief camps. Actually there could be those in the middle that would like to compromise and combine the teachings of Darwin and the teachings of the Bible.
Not bad. At least so far. Let’s read on; it gets worse:
You can decide to believe anything you wish. Personally if the choice is between the Bible and Darwin I would tend to stick with the one that is built on faith rather than the one that requires a leap of faith.
Did you understand that? If so, please help the rest of us. We continue:
I do not have an open mind as I contend that an “open mind” is like a sewer, it accepts whatever you pour into it. However I am capable of reviewing the facts and reaching a fair conclusion.
Yes, he’s capable. If you didn’t realize that after reading the prior paragraphs, wait until you see the next. It’s the end of his letter, and he saved the best for last:
Suggested reading on this topic, written by a scientist, documenting the two positions exclusively from the viewpoint of the laws of science rather than any opinions of scientists or theologians, is Scientific Creationism by Dr. Henry Whitcomb. For those that are serious about expanding their knowledge it is a good read.
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
Did you see the title of that book and the name of the author? Does it leave you puzzled? Your Curmudgeon was puzzled too, so we had to go searching around.
We can’t be certain, but we suspect that the letter-writer has confused these two separate creationist books: Scientific Creationism, by Henry M. Morris (that’s where “Henry” came from) and Genesis Flood, by John C. Whitcomb (which is where he got “Whitcomb”). [Addendum: Henry M. Morris was a co-author of Genesis Flood.]
It doesn’t really matter. We’re talking about creationism here. You gotta have faith.
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