WE PRESENT to you, dear reader, a letter to the editor titled Creationism is alive and well , which appears in the Worthington Daily Globe, of Worthington, Minnesota, population 11,283 in the 2000 census.
We usually leave off the author’s name, but in this case the author has popped up on your Curmudgeon’s radar before. It’s Mike Bogle, who was mentioned in one of our earlier posts: Creationist Wisdom — Example Nineteen.
In that former post, as in this latest offering, Bogle raves about the dinosaur and human footprints allegedly found together at the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas. We’ll omit his current references to that “evidence.” You won’t miss them, because what makes Mr. Bogle so entertaining — unlike all other creationists — is that he keeps coming up with arguments we haven’t seen before. Not all of his arguments are original, of course, but stay with us. You won’t be disappointed.
Here we go. The bold font was added by us:
In every area of scientific endeavor, creationism is becoming even more credible. Even Fred Hoyle (who is no Christian) has said that spontaneous generation of life is the equivalent of believing in magic.
Not only is Fred Hoyle no Christian, he’s no anything, because he’s no longer among the living. Nor, while alive, was he a biologist. Rather, he was an astronomer who also wrote some decent science fiction. His work was sufficiently outstanding to win him several honors, including a knighthood. Alas, he somehow ended up a bit of a panspermia kook. Anyway, although the “spontaneous generation of life” is not a feature of Darwin’s theory of evolution, Sir Fred Hoyle continues to be a hero to creationists everywhere.
Let’s read on:
Jack Cuozzo, a many-degreed orthodontist, has studied Neanderthal skulls worldwide and found that not one lower jaw was properly placed in its socket. Every “honest” paleontologist had manipulated the jaw to make them appear ape-like.
We like that paragraph for several reasons. First, we learn about and marvel at yet another creationist dentist. Second, we’ve never before seen even the craziest creationist claim that every single pre-human fossil was fraudulent. Finally, it left us wondering — Who is Jack Cuozzo? Check out that Wikipedia article; it will confirm your suspicions that it’s a strange world out there.
As usual, when scientists manage to climb Mount Truth, they always meet a band of theologians on top eating lunch wearing “been there, done that” t-shirts. There are different routes up a mountain, but the summit is the same for everybody.
Yeah, right. Here’s more:
In 1492, Columbus sailed across the ocean in a sophisticated vessel using a sextant for navigation and gunpowder for negotiations. He encountered a fully “evolved” intelligent race of people living in the stone age. How can evolution explain that?
See there? We told you this Bogle guy had some original arguments. Admit it — you’ve never seen that one before.
Okay, here’s the end of his letter:
History shows that technology did not flourish until after the Reformation, when the common man got the Bible. It has nothing to do with evolution.
It would be fun to play with that one, but time is short, so we’ll leave it as an exercise for you, dear reader. You gotta admit, this Bogle guy makes creationism interesting.
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