Creationist Wisdom — Example 45

WE present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from God makes it clear that nothing transforms into any other species, a letter to the editor which appears in the Kalamazoo Gazette, one of the papers hosted at MI

The letter is far too long to copy in its entirely, so we’ll give you a few of the more interesting excerpts. We’ll be adding some bold font for emphasis, and we’ll also be providing Curmudgeonly commentary between paragraphs. As always, we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Here we go:

The Kalamazoo Gazette has published many letters on religion and government. Michael Clark has written many times about his views on religion. His 2007 Viewpoint, “Evolution is a fact; it’s past time to get used to it,” cites sources for his belief.

I guess I would just use the Bible and other observations of mine put together with a few scientific principles, nothing on the level of Einstein or others of such intelligence.

At least the letter-writer is honest about his methodology. It’s not the scientific method, but let’s see what he comes up with:

First, I ask if evolution is such a fact why don’t we see it now in any form? I mean macro evolution. Micro evolution within a species is a fact. Within a species is the key here. Things do not transform from one species into another species of any kind. God is very clear in the Bible: all things were created and each reproduced after its own kind — period. Nothing transforms into anything else.

By golly, he’s right! Toads don’t change into ducks. But we’ve dealt with that issue here: Micro Macro, Tutti Frutti, so we won’t waste any time on it today. Let’s continue:

According to the second law of thermodynamics all things deteriorate — they do not get better or go from amoebas to human beings.

Hey, letter-writer! Next time you’re outside in the daytime, look up! That bright thing you see up there — it’s called the sun. It’s an energy source. Plug that into your thermodynamic calculations and try again.

Here’s more:

By the way, Darwin’s theory also included human beings. The second part of the title of his book “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” is “The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life,” meaning some races are more highly evolved than other races. How does that set with racism?

Racism? Had the letter-writer progressed beyond Darwin’s title, he’d know that Origin of Species didn’t discuss human evolution, and in that book, Darwin used the word “race” as an alternative for “varieties” in connection with numerous species, including plants. This was common terminology at the time. Moving along:

The Bible, in 1 Corinthians 15: 38 says, “All flesh is not the same men have one, animals another, birds another, and fish another.” Thus evolution cannot exist with Christianity.

Okay. Here’s another excerpt:

Second, where did the material to create the earth and universe come from to start with? Something had to create it or are the evolutionists going to say it was just there?

That’s getting just a wee tad outside of the theory of evolution. Good question, but the answer is quite irrelevant to biology, which kicks in long after the start of the universe. On with the letter:

Third, in a recent letter Clark [to whom the letter-writer referred in his first paragraph] says the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are totally secular. I’m not quite sure what they meant when they put “creator” in the Declaration of Independence, they must have meant that starting amoebas or whatever it was they believe in.

Uh, the letter-writer is a bit confused here. The Declaration was written nearly a dozen years before the Constitution, and — surprise! — it’s not part of the Constitution. We won’t bother to discuss Jefferson’s obviously deist formulation in the Declaration’s first sentence, that part about “the laws of nature and of nature’s God,” because it might make the letter-writer’s head explode. Let’s go on:

Obviously, the foundling fathers did not believe in evolution, they believed in creation. You can twist that into anything you want but you can’t change what they wrote nor can creator be meant to be evolution. This country was founded on Christianity.

What can we say? Will it help to point out that Darwin’s theory wasn’t published until long after the Founders were dead? And if this country were “founded on Christianity,” then … why doesn’t the Constitution mention that?

And now we arrive at the letter’s end:

I think the time is coming shortly when the opportunity for choice will be gone and Jesus will come back for his own. I think that time will be sooner rather than later and all the Christians will be taken out of the earth. After that, Clark and those who agree with him will face God. Then they can tell him their thoughts, although I don’t think it will matter.

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

There you are, dear reader. The choice is yours.

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5 responses to “Creationist Wisdom — Example 45

  1. The loons are a comin’.

    Just walk by, pay no attention, maybe whistle a little Dixie and he’ll just go away. Or we could all just pray.

  2. As Charlie Pierce would say, “Greetings from Idiot America.”

  3. James, thanks for reminding me to read that.

  4. Eric Strickland

    You may already know this, but

    re: the issue of race, I was pleased to learn that Darwin was an ardent abolitionist, and that was what motivated him to write The Descent of Man -to show that Africans are not sub-humans . . .

  5. Hey, letter-writer! Next time you’re outside in the daytime, look up! That bright thing you see up there — it’s called the sun. It’s an energy source. Plug that into your thermodynamic calculations and try again.

    -That’s pretty much what I think anytime I see a creationist humping thermodynamics.