Creationist Wisdom #103: Overload!

FOR your weekend contemplation, dear reader, we present a letter-to-the-editor titled Creationism Makes More Sense Than Evolution, which appears in the Mesquite Local News, from Mesquite, Nevada. We’ll copy most of today’s letter, omitting the writer’s name and city, adding some bold for emphasis and our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:

Problems with evolution involving the laws of probability, the law of entropy, and the fossil record create great difficulties for the evolutionist.

We’re off to a roaring good start. It’s only fair to warn you that the reason we’re using this letter is because it’s a virtual catalog of creationist nonsense. We can’t recall seeing so many clunkers being tossed into a single letter before. We won’t waste our time responding to the letter-writer’s claims. All are debunked here: Index to Creationist Claims.

Let’s read on:

Sir Fred Hoyle, one of the world’s leading astronomers and mathematicians said before the British Academy of Science that the probability of life arising from chance were the same as the probability of throwing a six on dice 5 million consecutive times!

Likewise you should be able to have a tornado fly through a junk yard and produce a fully equipped and ready to fly 747 jet!

That one has its own Wikipedia article: Hoyle’s fallacy. We continue:

No scientist has been able to reproduce life from common chemicals in the laboratory. You would think with all their modern chemistry and knowledge they could at least produce an amoeba!

Yeah! Therefore, Oogity Boogity! Here’s more:

The life producing mechanism exists within the cell itself, and without it you cannot have life. DNA is amazingly complex.

He’s right; it is complex. Moving along:

The law of entropy in nature says that time itself causes degradation by natural processes. Just put a new car in that junkyard and watch it rust and fall apart over the years. Things in nature tend to deteriorate into chaos over time or become more disorganized than organized.

Brains too. Another excerpt:

Evolutionists have tried to refute the flood as only a local event but reputable geologists have found evidence of Noah’s flood all over the world, confirming the trustworthiness of the bible.

Jeepers, the Flood is real! On with the letter:

God created everything, and when he created light he created it already present from far away stars so we could see them! Is anything too hard for God?

Young universe, with distant starlight created in transit. Gotta love it. The letter just keeps on going:

As for the fossil record, they cannot find any transition species anywhere, and yet the evolutionist-big bangers hang on to their theory by faith.

We’re going to skip over a bunch of scripture prophecies that “were fulfilled literally.” Continuing:

We have a historical perspective to Jesus in literature and the bible whereas the big bang theory and evolution are mere speculation, as no mortal human was here to record what actually happened that far back in time!

And now we come to the end:

Science isn’t perfect at all. Remember that scientists once thought that blood-letting would cure diseases and that the Piltdown man was the real deal missing link!

[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]

Whew! That was a mighty ark-load of creationist goodies. Most impressive. The only one he left out was the accusation that we cling to our “Darwinism” only because it facilitates our carnal depravity. But everyone knows that.

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9 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #103: Overload!

  1. “…no mortal human was here to record what actually happened…”
    So we should discount what happened before Adam & Eve? Presuming, of course, that they were born knowing how to write.

  2. I don’t know what Christian Biblical literalists believe, but the belief among Orthodox Jews is that the first five books of the Bible (the Torah) were written by God and revealed to Moses, who wrote them down on paper with ink. So the account of Genesis 1 and 2 is divinely authored.

    The first person to cast doubt on the Mosaic authorship of Torah was the Enlightenment philosopher Spinoza, who pointed out that Moses could not have written about those events in Deuteronomy that took place after his death.

  3. Call Sachs: “I don’t know what Christian Biblical literalists believe…”

    If what they claim to believe is any indication, it’s all sorts of mutually contradictory origins stories. Many are undoubtedly aware that all but their version has as many “weaknesses” as they think “Darwinism” has.

  4. Wow. Has anyone else noticed that the author never uses the word “Darwinism” or “Darwinist(s)”? Is that a first?

  5. Jobn Leonard

    Your comments on the article asking me to come back for a debate seem to be turned off. I had to leave one here.

    You have my email address – if you’d like me to come back, I’ll be happy to do so. I am busy and cannot monitor your site constantly to see if you’re interested in speaking with me.

    It must be my bad – I see the check boxes below and must have not checked them last time. Most people comment on my article where it was posted, but I don’t care where we debate if you’re interested in a serious discussion.

    I see you like referring to me as a creationist polymath (I assume sarcasm is behind the polymath comment, but I’m ok with that). I have four projects in the works at the moment, so without further ado, I’d like to ask you a couple of questions to start the debate…

    1. Do you believe in the paranormal or supernatural?

    2. What do you think happens when we die? Do you believe in any sort of life after death?

    Curious to see how this is going to work. This comment isn’t associated with the “bait” article because comments aren’t turned on there.


  6. Jobn Leonard: The comments have always been on in the thread where you first posted, and I’m copying your latest comment there.

  7. Back on topic …

    In my experience with small town newspapers in Nevada, the editors are so desperate for anything to fill space that they will print just about anything.

  8. No scientist has been able to reproduce life from common chemicals in the laboratory.

    The old “This is so much unlike anything that is designed that it must be designed” argument.

  9. I think I will go and seek some carnal depravity – sounds good for a cold winter afternoon 🙂