WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor appearing in the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Virginia, which is located 50 miles south of Washington, D.C. The title of today’s offering is: Where are Darwin’s ‘missing links’?
As is our 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 may apply some bold font for emphasis, and we’ll also be adding Curmudgeonly commentary in between the excerpted paragraphs. Otherwise, we’ll copy the letter in its entirety, omitting only the writer’s name and city. Here we go:
This is in response to the article on a Catholic cardinal’s comments on evolution [“Cardinal says atheist’s theories of evolution ‘absurd,'” March 4].
Cardinal William Levada claimed that atheist theories of evolution are absurd, but says the Catholic Church does not stand in the way of Darwinism.
The letter-writer has worked himself into a dither over a non-existent contradiction. According to this source, what Cardinal Levada said was only this:
But while the Vatican did not exclude any area of science, it did reject as “absurd” the atheist notion of biologist and author Richard Dawkins and others that evolution proves there is no God, he said.
Let’s read on:
This is a ridiculous combination. Darwinian evolution is based on everything in the past being the result of natural occurrences. That specifically means no divine intervention, and in fact, no God. [Aaaargh!!]
This guy is definitely stuck on “evolution is atheism.” Or maybe he thinks “all of science is atheism.” We continue:
The Catholic Church and, in fact, many other Christian churches, have attempted to make a deal with the devil. [Aaaargh!!]
They have denied the biblical account of creation [Aaaargh!!] and accepted the atheist view of evolution [Aaaargh!!], going back in history to the Big Bang [Aaaargh!!], and then attempted to part ways with the atheists and say, “God now must enter the scene.”
Unlike the letter-writer, Catholics don’t follow a literal interpretation of scripture. But that’s been inevitable ever since Galileo. As for the Big Bang, the letter-writer amusingly includes it with the “atheist view of evolution.” Here’s more:
What arrogance we humans have in attempting to tell God what he could have done.
Okay — except that’s exactly what the letter-writer seems to be doing. Moving along:
Intelligent design is a proven fact [Aaaargh!!], to anyone with an ounce of intelligence that hasn’t been overruled by previous dogmatic beliefs. [Aaaargh!!]
The complexity of microscopic cellular life, as explained by Michael Behe [Aaaargh!!] in his book, “Darwin’s Black Box,” is irrefutable. [Aaaargh!!]
No comment. Another excerpt:
Even Darwin claimed that if anything could be shown that could not have evolved step by step, then his theory would fail. And fail it has. [Aaaargh!!]
If Darwinian evolution were true, there would necessarily be millions of intermediate life forms, or so- called “missing links.” There is not one proven example in all of recorded history. [Aaaargh!!]
On with the letter:
Many of the churches have bowed to the false claims of scientists [Aaaargh!!] who have no proof that macroevolution has ever occurred, but claim evolution is a fact. [Aaaargh!!]
And now we come to the end of the letter:
We are all becoming like the proverbial Ph.D. who learns more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing.
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
We leave it to you, dear reader, to decide who “knows everything about nothing.”
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