Creationist Wisdom — Example 50

WE present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Evolution, creation both need to be taught in school, which appears in the Estacada News of Estacada, Oregon (population estimate 2,695 residents).

We’ll copy today’s letter in its entirety, omitting only the writer’s name and city, and add our Curmudgeonly commentary between the excerpted paragraphs. The bold font was added for emphasis. Here we go:

The year 2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin, the naturalist and scholar whose 1859 book, “The Origin of Species,” set the stage for evolutionary theory.

Set the stage? Well, let’s read on:

Darwin’s writings, sadly, have steered many away from biblical faith, including people I have known. To me, Darwinism’s greatest tragedy is its attack on creation, of which the weekly Sabbath is a memorial for many Christians.

We’ve heard far worse accusations. The letter continues:

From the 1920s Scopes trial to conservative Ann Coulter’s defense of creation in her book, “Godless: The Church of Liberalism,” Darwin remains a hot topic of debate in our current society.

Coulter’s book was every bit as brilliant as Bryan’s prosecution in Scopes. Here’s more:

What has Darwin accomplished? Well, generations of students have gone to public schools in this country and were steeped in evolution as the explanation for life’s origins. Instead of proposing both creation and evolution as possible theories, society’s march toward Darwinism as the answer has left millions with a flawed view of life’s true Creator.

The letter-writer doesn’t know that Darwin didn’t try to explain “life’s true Creator.” Nor does he know what a theory is. Yet he writes this letter. Well, that’s to be expected in these cases. Moving along:

If we are the result of chance, from where does morality come from, and where do we go after this life?

Wow! Darwin doesn’t explain the afterlife. No one ever pointed that out before. Here’s another excerpt:

The tragedy of turning away from God is mitigated by an amazing fact: God does not turn away from us. Redemption, reclamation and salvation all are available as we move toward the Father. In turn, he runs toward us with open arms, saying, in effect, “Welcome home.”

Okay. And now we come to the letter’s end:

Darwin is dead, and he can’t save anyone. Jesus, by whom the Bible says everyone was made, lives. God bless.

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

Darwin can’t save anyone? Jeepers!

Update: The paper has published a follow-up letter: Religion doesn’t belong in school. This new letter-writer proposes a brilliant solution: “[W]hy not teach the theory of Intelligent Design, without any religious preaching.”

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8 responses to “Creationist Wisdom — Example 50

  1. Edwards v. Aguillard. Next.

  2. James F, you’re so insensitive!

  3. Mind you, that’s not to say I don’t greatly appreciate the post, S.C. You spare my blood pressure a few points by searching these things out.

  4. I’m able to do it because I have no blood pressure.

  5. “I’m able to do it because I have no blood pressure.”

    Finally, an admission that you are one of the undead.

  6. Tundra Boy says: “Finally, an admission that you are one of the undead.”

    You’ve known it for a long time.

  7. “Well, generations of students have gone to public schools in this country and were steeped in evolution as the explanation for life’s origins.”

    Yeah, but it obviously isn’t working. The February, 2009 Gallup Poll ( http://www.gallup.com/poll/114544/Darwin-Birthday-Believe-Evolution.aspx ) shows only 39% of Americans believe in evolution, slightly more than half (55%) could identify Darwin with any term associated with evolution and only 53% of those who DO believe in evolution could correctly identify the theory with Darwin.

    How much time is really spent on evolution and Darwin in school? Not that much I bet. I admit it has been a while since I was in school but, I spent much more time hearing about “God” and his act of creation every Sunday ( and sometimes other days) of my life until I left home for college.