EVERYONE knows that Charles Darwin was born on 12 February 1809 (the same day as Abraham Lincoln). The 201st anniversary of Darwin’s birth will be this Friday. Your Curmudgeon could do the proper thing and post a traditionally respectful reminder, like the National Center for Science Education has done. See: Darwin Day approaches.
Instead we present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled On Darwin’s birthday, an argument for creationism, which appears in the Worthington Daily Globe, published in Worthington, Minnesota. We’ll copy 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:
February 12 marks the birth of Charles Darwin, the man credited with proving the existence of evolution.
He proved it? Who knew? The letter resumes:
Over the years, science has built upon Darwin’s work and has moved evolution to a point where it is today the primary and leading idea in education. Evolution is no longer being taught as a possible theory but rather as fact, to the exclusion of biblical creation.
The “leading idea in education”? Let’s read on:
To those of you who do not believe in God or his holy word, this letter will do little to change your views. But to those who are Christians yet believe in evolution — I will ask you, “What happened that led you away from the truth of God?”
There seems to be a false dichotomy at work here, but we’ll ignore that. Continuing:
The Bible, which taught us repentance of sin and faith in Christ, is the same Bible that teaches us that God created the world in six literal days. If we as Christians trusted the Bible to be true for the purpose of salvation, should we not then have faith strong enough to believe all the teachings of the Bible?
Yes — in for a penny, in for a pound. Here’s more:
Brothers and sisters, I challenge not your belief in God but rather ask that you consider all of the other blessings given to you by Christ. Pick up your Bible and read it again. Recall that time in your life when Christ saved your soul, and then pray for God to show you the truth.
A worthy request. And now we come to the end:
Ask yourself this question: Do I put my trust in God, who saved my soul and fave [sic] me his word to live by, or do I trust in the science of man?
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
So there you are. Now you have something to think about on Darwin Day.
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