WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Let creationists have say, which appears in the Shields Gazette, the oldest provincial evening newspaper in the United Kingdom. We’ve visited them before. See: Creationist Wisdom — Example 58
We’ll copy most of today’s letter, omitting the writer’s name and city, and adding our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:
I AM writing this in response to letters which imply that evolution is a proven fact and that people who believe in creation have escaped from the lunatic asylum. There are scientists who are Christians and believe in creationism, and there are intelligent people, such as consultants, doctors, solicitors and engineers who are also believers.
They really should improve security at the lunatic asylum. Let’s read on:
Regarding evolution, if there was a big bang, where did the components of it come from and why did they explode? Does an explosion create order? No, it creates chaos and destruction.
Yeah! Take that, Darwinists! We continue:
The universe is enormous and yet our little planet is the only known one sustaining life – why?
Uh, maybe because we’ve only recently been developing instruments to conduct a search?
The letter-writer goes on at some length with the usual catalog of privileged planet facts — the earth’s rotational speed, distance from the sun, the tilt of its rotational axis, distance of the moon, etc. We assume the letter-writer didn’t get that information from his bible, but that’s okay. Creationists are allowed to pick and choose their data. Here’s more:
If the crust of the earth had been only 10 inches thicker, there would be no oxygen. Had the ocean been a few feet deeper, carbon dioxide and oxygen would have been absolved, and therefore, no vegetable life could exist.
Huh? Whaaa??? Never mind. Moving along:
The most brilliant minds in the world could not create life from nothing and yet we are told it just happened. The French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur’s experiments concluded that only life could create life.
Pasteur again. See: Spontaneous Generation and the Origin of Life. Another excerpt:
Two scientists, Professors Sir Fred Hoyle an Chandra Wickramasinghe decided to calculate the mathematical chances of life starting spontaneously. They concluded that there must be a God.
Those two. We discussed them briefly here: Creationist Wisdom — Example 22, and that was more attention than their creationism argument deserved.
On with the letter:
Has anyone ever seen a programme on TV where creationism is promoted? I certainly haven’t.
He’s never seen The Flintstones? And now we come to the end:
Let people see both sides of the argument and then let them decide.
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
There’s not much to say here, except that creationists in the UK seem to be just as confused as those in the US.
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