Creationism and Thanksgiving

THIS is about a Thanksgiving message written by an Army Chaplain, appearing in the The Signal, an Army publication at Fort Gordon, Georgia, home of the United States Army Signal Corp. The article is titled Exceeding gratitude.

We don’t intend to be derisive here. Your Curmudgeon has known an Army Chaplain or two, and they’ve been good people. Unfortunately, this holiday message is not only religious in nature, which is consistent with a Chaplain’s duty, but it also preaches creationism.

We’ll omit most of the religious content, with which we have no quarrel under the circumstances, and we’ll focus only on the creationism. The bold font was added for emphasis. Here we go:

Friends, have you ever experienced the humble reality of a heart filled with exceeding gratitude for the Giver of life and the gift of life itself?

That’s how it starts. But let’s read on, because the message swiftly turns to creationism:

James Gills, M.D. explored the wonders of DNA and the astonishing secrets of life that have been unlocked by molecular biology scientist. His perspective of life was radically changed after observing the fantastic function of microscopic particles that establish and maintain life.

Who is James Gills? We Googled for him. He seems to be an ophthalmologist in Tarpon Springs, Florida; and he may be the author of this book: Overcoming Spiritual Blindness (Amazon listing). If that’s our man, we’ve found a creationist ophthalmologist. Let’s continue:

Gills found himself filled with appreciation to the Creator of life for His unfathomable gift of life. One of the most precious gifts of God is your eyesight. Have you taken time to appreciate the amazing gift of your eyesight?

You know what to expect, don’t you? Here comes the Oogity Boogity:

Gills, who is devoted to the medical practice of restoring vision to thousands of individuals, writes:

[Quoting Gills:] The physical eye is one of the most complex marvels of creation known to man. Even Charles Darwin had to admit from his observations of the eye that his theory of origins, the evolution of life based on time and chance, could not adequately explain the complex functions of the human eye.

That’s pure creationist trash. Darwin “had to admit” no such thing. See: An Old, Out of Context, Quotation.

The article then closes with a religious exhortation.

This could have been a pleasant and entirely appropriate message to the troops on Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately, the Chaplain trusted and quoted from a creationist author, who obviously hadn’t read Darwin, but who nevertheless felt qualified to say what Darwin had “admitted.” The creationist ophthalmologist probably did his “research” in the slime pit of some wretched creationist website.

This is an unfortunate situation. The troops deserve better. But we extend our Curmudgeonly greetings to all on this Thanksgiving Day.

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3 responses to “Creationism and Thanksgiving

  1. What mind-boggles me more than anything is that the religious “wonders of DNA” types would have a perfect friend in Francis Collins. But most just can’t stop there, and rarely even acknowledge his existence, even though he’s practically impossible to miss. Instead they jump head first into pseudoscience, making utter fools of themselves to ~99.9% of biologists. And if they do grudgingly concede that real scientiste are right about the age of life or even common descent, they are nevertheless pathetic bleeding hearts for any “kind” of pseudoscience that bad-mouths “Darwinism.”

  2. Frank J says:

    … they are nevertheless pathetic bleeding hearts for any “kind” of pseudoscience that bad-mouths “Darwinism.”

    That’s because the one thing they have in common is their embrace of irrationality and their rejection of reality. Everything else they may think is up for grabs.

  3. Curmudgeon: “That’s because the one thing they have in common is their embrace of irrationality and their rejection of reality.”

    Yet they always have enough “on the ball” to know just what to leave out. Or have both ways. Speaking of Collins, I recall one budding scam artist recently pretending that he was one of their own. I doubt that they could read Collins and “miss” how he criticizes ID/creationism. But I don’t doubt their confidence that the target audience will not bother to check for themselves.