WE present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Evolution ‘threatens’ faith? Hardly: Faith simply helped me see the truth, which appears in the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The letter-writer begins by mentioning an earlier, pro-evolution letter which had appeared in the paper, about which he says:
The refutations to which she refers haven’t gone unread. They’re just unconvincing. … She opines that we “refuse to accept evolution because it threatens [our] faith.” I can only reply, “Amen.”
That’s fine. He tells us up front what he believes and why. Here’s the rest of today’s letter — most of it — plus our Curmudgeonly commentary between the excerpted paragraphs. The bold font was added for emphasis:
Many Christians have no problem with evolution. Even the Pope has declared as much. Well, I’m not Catholic.
Yeah! How’s that for a counter-argument? Let’s read on:
I’ll admit I’m an uneducated man, at least beyond high school, but I once accepted evolution.
Why do these people always want to tell us the history of their intellectual meanderings? We’re not persuaded by anyone’s biography. It’s sufficient to say what one thinks, and why. Anyway, the letter continues — as does the writer’s personal story of enlightenment:
Later, I became a Christian, and it’s not a stretch to say I’m a self-taught Christian. I mention this because after a plain and simple reading of the Bible, I find that evolution is incompatible, even contradictory.
Truly, this is powerful reasoning. Here’s more:
I was taught that in math, when trying to solve a problem, first simplify to the lowest common denominator. Apply that principle here. Evolution says death is a tool for the advancement of life. The Bible says that death didn’t exist in the beginning; it’s a result of sin.
Death — the lowest common denominator! Moving along:
So the simplest question is, are we here because of death, or is death here because of us?
Hey, we’ve got an even simpler question: Which came first — life or death?
Never mind. Here’s another excerpt:
For nearly 100 years, Christians have been trying to make evolution fit because it’s so “irrefutable.” Maybe it is. But if it is, something in the Bible is wrong. And if one part can’t be trusted, which parts can be trusted?
Uh … that’s 150 years, but we’ll overlook the discrepancy because the letter-writer is self-educated. But hey — if one part of his letter is wrong, can the rest be trusted?
Here’s our final excerpt:
Ultimately, our choice is, either the Bible is true or it’s not. I’ve made my choice.
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
And a fine choice it is!
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