BRACE yourself. We’ve found an amazing item titled The choice is simple enough: It’s either God or the abyss. It appears in the Mansfield News Journal, a daily newspaper in Mansfield, Ohio.
We can’t tell if this is a letter-to-the-editor or maybe a piece written by one of the News Journal‘s columnists. There’s a picture at the link, showing what appears to be the author. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if he’s drooling.
This … this thing is so incredibly embarrassing that we won’t give the author’s name. He’s described as being age 65, of rural Bellville, and he “has been in the insurance and investment business for 30 years.” We’ll copy only some of this letter — or column, or whatever it is — adding bold for emphasis and Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs.
The article by this rural insurance salesman is nominally about Dr. Tim Berra, Professor Emeritus of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University. Berra has recently donated his collection of rare mammals and aquatic specimens to the Smithsonian Institute. That news is the pretext for one of the most ignorant and malignant rants against the theory of evolution we’ve yet seen.
We are told that Berra wrote: “The theory of evolution is arguably the greatest idea the human mind ever had.” That bothers today’s author. Okay, here we go:
In this statement by Berra, we have a peek into the religion of atheistic evolution and its high priest, Charles Darwin. In Berra’s “Evolution and the Myth of Creationism,” he attacks fundamentalist Christians who espouse a 6,000-year “young” earth and a literal 6-day creation.
The article goes on to state that Berra could:
… examine the most intricate, gorgeous living systems — view the vastness and order of an unfathomable universe — and conclude that all came to be by chance without a shred of intelligent thinking. [He even believed] … life originated from inanimate (non-living) chemicals. … [And he] never wavers from this presupposition that all living plants and animals have their derivation in non-living, inorganic matter. All life forms from the simple to the complex are the product of inorganic chemical reactions.
Gasp! The deluded evolutionist actually believed that stuff. Today’s author is clearly horrified. He tells us:
This belief is the slippery slope, and the implications of this system of thought are vast and beyond the darkest of your imaginings. Chances are your mind has never darkened this door. Let’s open it!
Okay, here it comes — raw sewage from the mind of a full-blown creationist. The fetid flow begins:
In this “natural” world, you are an accident that has happened, a purposeless, worthless blob of protoplasm, a massive ball of chemical and electrical reactions caused by various stimuli. … As an animal, the only two functions basic to you are procreation and survival from disease, famine, predation and death. “Survival of the fittest!”
The implications of this thought system are vast and ominous and terrible.
Yes. It’s not at all like the joyous existence of humans in the world of Noah’s Ark, where at any moment all life on earth may be destroyed by divine will. Let’s read on:
For the atheist, we are living in a universe that is completely material. There is no personal or absent Creator and nothing beyond the grave. Here are the ultimate conclusions:
Note the assumption that a scientist must be an atheist. Today’s author is just getting warmed up. We continue:
Nothing is intrinsically evil because evil does not exist. How can evil originate from amoral, inorganic matter. There is no absolute right or wrong. My truth is not your truth nor yours mine — and your truth be damned! All morals, ethics and systems of belief are made up. All ideas, ways of thinking and patterns of life are mental imaginings and coping mechanisms. Pain and pleasure are sensory nerve endings responding to various stimuli. You are just a thing whose ancestors were one-celled amoebas.
He’s not fully cranked up yet. Here’s more:
You cannot have a moral code in a material world. If “all animal life, including human, is related by descent from a common ancestor” (Darwin), then the human species is merely an animal with usually a bigger brain. Ethics? Ethical animals? — an anomaly! The origin of an ethical life: the goo pond? The seven deadly sins and more are spawned in an amoral world. As long as you can do it and not get caught, go for it, because there’s nothing after nothing!
Aha! That explains why so many biology majors become drug dealers, mass murderers, and operators of global brothel chains that offer the services of enslaved children. Moving along:
The Golden Rule? Have you seen another animal species who wanted to be treated with fairness and dignity? It’s kill or be killed. …
Socrates argued that conscience is innate. An animal has a conscience? …
In his [Berra’s] material world nothing is scientifically valuable, in his natural universe nothing is irreplaceable, nothing is preserved, nothing is intact, nothing is forever. In the end, all will face the abyss.
Berra was just a genetic quirk, a chance happening in the evolutionary chain of events with absolutely no reason or purpose for his existence but as luck would have it.
We’re just picking out the highlights, so to speak. You’ll have to click over to the Mansfield News Journal if you want to read it all. Here’s how it ends:
How can truth, beauty and goodness come from the rocks? I don’t have that kind of faith!
So there you are, dear reader. The choice is yours. You are facing the abyss.
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