WE present to you, dear reader, a spectacular letter-to-the-editor: Individual scientists, not science, conflict with God, which appears in the Rome News-Tribune of Rome, Georgia, population 34,980, the largest city in Northwest Georgia.
We’ll copy most of today’s letter, omitting the writer’s name and city, and adding our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. The bold font was added for emphasis. Here we go:
[T]here are various laws of nature that are undisputed by the scientific community. In Genesis 1:11,12,24,25 is a phrase that the scientific community cannot deny if they apply their own set of laws: “according to its kind.” It has to do with “protoplasm,” a complex substance regarded as the physical basis of life, and the living matter of all cells and tissue
Genesis is about protoplasm? Let’s read on:
In a biology paper, James Hutchins Sterling stated that “some protoplasm produces fat, others produce nerve substances, others brain substances, bone, muscle, each producing only its own kind and not interchangeable with the rest.”
James Hutchins Sterling? We’ve searched for him, but he’s left no trace we could find. We continue:
Each species of life has its own protoplasm. The protoplasm of one species cannot interchange with another species.
Okay. Tell that to this guy: First Human to Get Baboon Liver Is Said to Be Alert and Doing Well. Here’s more:
You can change the breed of a dog into an entirely new breed, but the species remains that of a dog. The King Ranch in Texas has produced many new breeds of cattle, but the species remains the same. They cannot change a Hereford bull into a Tennessee walking horse
It looks like the letter-writer is chanting the creationists’ “micro-yes, macro-no” mantra. Moving along:
The concept of the theory of evolution is based upon a one-celled organism. The evolutionists hold that it divided, and evolved through many stages, i.e. primate to modern man, or fish into amphibian, or bird into dinosaur. By science’s own accepted laws, the line of a species cannot be crossed, the protoplasm within the cells of each species produces only its own kind, they are neither interchangeable, nor can they be altered by any form of mutation.
This writer has done more than recite the “no macro evolution” dogma, he’s identified the mechanism — protoplasm! Not only that, he’s also invented and refuted the “bird into dinosaur” theory. Another excerpt:
T.H. Graebner, in “Evolution D an Investigation” wrote that “each seed feeds its own kind. The protoplasm of the gnat will no more grow into a fly than it will grow into an elephant. Protoplasm is protoplasm, yes, but man’s protoplasm is man’s protoplasm, and the mushroom’s is the mushroom.”
That’s probably a reference to this guy and his book: Evolution: An investigation and a criticism, by Th. Graebner (Amazon link). Graebner’s all-but-forgotten treasure was published in 1929.
And now we come to the end:
It is not science that is in conflict with God, it is the individual scientist. It is not geology that is in conflict with God, it is the individual geologist.
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
So there you are. Remember — preserve your purity of essence. Protoplasm is not interchangeable!
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