Creationist Wisdom — Example 30

TODAY’S EXAMPLE comes from the UK. It’s a letter to the editor appearing in the Yorkshire Evening Post of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Note the straightforward title: Darwin was wrong.

Following recent custom, your Curmudgeon will politely insert this subtle signal [Aaaargh!!] after each howler so that we don’t interrupt the letter-writer’s learned discourse. We’ll also be adding Curmudgeonly commentary in between the letter-writer’s paragraphs. Otherwise, we’ll copy the letter in its entirety, omitting only the name and city of its author. Here we go:

THE people who espouse Darwinian evolution have failed to produce the evidence, fossil or otherwise, or any creature in a transitionary stage. [Aaaargh!!]

Right. We’ve provided this link before, but it’s appropriate here: List of transitional fossils. Let’s read on:

The theory of evolution seems logical only to a certain degree and one question that is never asked is why was it only homo sapiens that got clever? [Aaaargh!!]

A most unsettling question. Why don’t we see any smart toads? Let us continue:

Why, out of tens of thousands of possible species [Aaaargh!!], was man the only species that developed wisdom? However, lives are changing all around us. Part of the evidence for the truth of Christianity is seen in the transformation in the characters of those who follow its teaching. How is this to be accounted for? What power is at work here? Which gene or DNA? [Aaaargh!!]

Your Curmudgeon is unable to answer. Here’s more:

When I sit in my regular pew in Leeds Parish Church some people may feel that I am deluded, while others may feel that I am enlightened and perhaps know something.

We can’t argue with that. Here’s the last of the letter:

I will ask one final question. Why is all life on this planet totally dominated by homo sapiens? I suggest it is because of wisdom. Wisdom bestowed by a Supreme Creator for a species made in His own image.

[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]

There is nothing we can add.

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12 responses to “Creationist Wisdom — Example 30

  1. mightyfrijoles

    It’s nice to know that we aren’t the depository for all the world’s idiots.

  2. I’ve left a note for him but doubt if it is good enough.

  3. John Opie says: “I’ve left a note for him but doubt if it is good enough.”

    It was a good comment, but I fear that your countryman is beyond your powers of persuasion.

  4. retiredsciguy

    The letter writer wrote:
    “Part of the evidence for the truth of Christianity …”

    This seems to be a common thread in creationist skreeds — pitting evolution as the opposite of Christianity.

    Of course, there is nothing in the New Testament to support this notion.

  5. retiredsciguy says: “Of course, there is nothing in the New Testament to support this notion.”

    There’s nothing in the Iliad about Australia. But the Iliad isn’t opposed to Australia. (Strained analogy.)

  6. Well doesn’t that just tickle the old funny bone.

    I think it may be the guns that put us on top of the meat pile not wisdom. In fact humans seldom show any wisdom at all.

  7. Tundra Boy says: “In fact humans seldom show any wisdom at all.”

    His argument is just a wee bit circular. It boils down to this — Our wisdom and mastery of the world is clear evidence of creationism. I was created to be really smart. I’m so smart that I’m a creationist. And because I’m a creationist I’m obviously smart. And because I’m smart I believe in creationism …

  8. John Phillips, FCD

    Sadly, even us UKians have to hang our head in shame at our share of idiots. We even have an Anglican moron bishop who likes to talk in Fallwellesque terms in blaming teh gay and the atheist for any disaster that befalls the UK.

  9. John Phillips says: “Sadly, even us UKians have to hang our head in shame at our share of idiots.”

    It’s certainly embarrassing, but not surprising. We know you’ve got creationists. It’s just that your papers don’t run such letters as often as the press does in the US.

  10. Carolinaguitarman

    “Why, out of tens of thousands of possible species, was man the only species that developed wisdom?”

    In the author’s case that is an assumption without evidence.

  11. Carolinaguitarman says: “In the author’s case that is an assumption without evidence.”

    You obviously don’t appreciate creationist wisdom.

  12. “why was it only homo sapiens that got clever?” That is an interesting question. Anyone have an answer? On the other hand, some people think dolphins and some apes are very intelligent. They just show it differently. And I’m sure my dog is smarter than many people I know.

    Wisdom? Do you read your own newspaper?

    BTW, it’s nice to see that it’s not only Americans who can come up with this stuff.