Today’s letter is by Rob Weatherby, described as Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church in Whitefish, Ontario. Here’s the church’s website. We’ll copy parts of today’s letter, adding some bold for emphasis and our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:
In 1859, Darwin’s book tried to explain life, as we know it today, slowly “evolved,” or developed over vast periods of time, by a process he called “natural selection.” He claimed that all organisms had descended from a common ancestor and he illustrated this with his “tree of life” sketch. Slowly (over a much shorter period of time) this theory has gained popularity until today it enjoys a virtual monopoly in our science textbooks.
Yes, Darwin “tried to explain” those things. But he can’t fool the pastor. Let’s read on:
Alternate explanations, such as the growing scientific evidence for “intelligent design,” or the biblical belief in divine creation, are quickly dismissed and denied equal time. In fact, they’re given no time. But how convincing is Darwin’s theory?
Ah, the pastor must be one of the few to have seen the “growing scientific evidence” for intelligent design. Most of us haven’t been so fortunate. We continue:
After the unearthing of innumerable fossils since Darwin’s time, scientists are still searching for the “missing links” between species. …
Yeah, still searching. Here’s more:
Recent discoveries about DNA and the incredible complexity of a single cell raise new questions about the theory. Biochemist Michael Behe in his book, Darwin’s Black Box, challenges evolution with the idea of “irreducible complexity.” He explains that some very complex forms (like protein) could not have evolved any more than a mouse trap could, because a basic complexity is required for it to work.
News must be slow reaching some parts of Canada. Behe seems to be hot news up in Whitefish. Moving along:
Darwin’s theory also leads to some disturbing implications. If human life today is merely the accidental result of unguided, purposeless evolution over time, then what is the value and meaning of human life and what is the foundation of morality?
Hey, pastor — what’s the value of human life if it can get wiped out in a global Flood based on divine whim? Another excerpt:
And then there’s the unanswered question of where did it all begin. Did life evolve from “non-life?” And if so, where did the “non-life” (matter, liquids, gases) come from?
Okay, there are unanswered questions. What does that mean — Oogity Boogity is the answer? On with the letter:
Belief in evolution and belief in God both require faith. Some would say that belief in evolution takes even more faith than belief in God. The apostle Paul described …
The pastor is a man of faith. Unfortunately it’s all he knows, and he makes the all-too-common assumption that it’s all there is to know. Here’s more:
I can understand why modern man desperately wants to believe in evolution. Without God in the picture, he feels free to live his life as he wants, without any moral restraint or authority to tell him otherwise.
Yes, we’re all rapists and serial killers here. And now we come to the thrilling end:
I stood over Darwin’s tomb at Westminster Abbey a couple of years ago. Somehow, I don’t think he’s deluded anymore.
He never was.
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