YOUR Curmudgeon brings you a gem from the “Letters” section of the Belfast Telegraph, which has the the largest circulation of any newspaper in Northern Ireland. Today’s marvel is entitled Evidence of a young Earth.
We’ll copy the letter in its entirety, omitting only the writer’s name and city, and we’ll add our Curmudgeonly commentary between the excerpted paragraphs. The bold font was added for emphasis. Here we go:
[The writer of a letter appearing on 3 July] should realise that Old Earth/Day-Age /Gap Creationism are at odds with both the Bible and scientific observation, just as the evolution and big bang hypotheses are.
Oh, baby! This is gonna be a good one. Let’s read on:
By the mention of evening and morning and a number for each day in Genesis 1, the author is clearly indicating 24-hour days. To say that long ages are represented also contradicts, among other passages, the fourth Commandment on keeping the Sabbath: “Six days shalt thou labour, for in six days the Lord made heaven and Earth”.
Yup! That’s exactly what the book says. We continue:
Scientific research shows that all multi-cellular organisms are slowly, but inexorably, losing genetic information and from this it can be shown that life cannot be more than a few thousand years old.
Fantastic! And now we come to the end:
There is abundant evidence from astronomy pointing to a young universe. For example, the small number and development stage of supernova remnants which, if billions of years old, should be long dead but are still active.
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
All those novae are still active! Who knew?
What keeps us going is that these letters are endlessly variable. There’s always a new way to misunderstand reality.
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