WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor (or maybe it’s a guest column) titled The case for intelligent design, which appears in the Fort Scott Tribune of Fort Scott, Kansas. We’ll copy most of today’s letter, adding some bold for emphasis and our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs.
But first we must give you the preface which appears at the beginning of this essay:
Editor’s Note: The following is the first of a two part series written by Richard Marshall, of Fort Scott. The second part of the series will appear in the March 19 edition of The Tribune. The statements and opinions in this series are that of Marshall’s [sic]. The content of this series was not edited by the staff of The Tribune.
So if you like this one, you have the thrill of anticipating more material of this quality from the same source. Okay, here we go:
The Bible tells us that the world about us should tell us there is a god and that He is responsible for it’s creation. We should understand this without ever hearing about God from anyone. I have heard that the Cherokee Indians came to this conclusion from just observing God’s creation.
This intellectual leader of Fort Scott tells us that creationism is so obvious that even without the bible, people living in a stone age culture could see it. So what’s your excuse, dear reader? Let’s read on:
You no doubt know about the prevailing debate today of evolution vs Intelligent Design. I want to present the case for Intelligent Design. The athiest [sic] says that nothing produced everything.
The author appears to be a disciple of that world-famous genius, Ray Comfort. See Nothing Created Everything: The Scientific Impossibility of Atheistic Evolution. We continue:
Space is so vast that it is incomprehensible. Distances in space are measured in light years. A light year is the distance light travels in a year at the rate of 186,000 miles per second.
Wow — this guy really knows things! Here’s more:
In all the trillions of miles of space, the sun is 93 million miles from the earth — the right distance to provide the right temperature to support life on earth. The universe functions so precisely and orderly that astronomical events such as solar eclipses can be predicted hundreds of years in advance. The centripetal force of the earth around the sun [Aaaargh!!] is the right speed to keep the earth from flying out into space and at the same time to keep it from being drawn into the sun.
Now he’s babbling Privileged Planet stuff. You know how the argument goes: Look — my arms are exactly the right length to precisely fit between my shoulders and my wrists! It’s a miracle!
When I look at a new cadillac [sic] car, common sense and logic tells me that that car was designed and produced by people using their intelligence. I believe we would all agree that it would be the ultimate in stupidity to believe that car could come into existence by itself.
Aaaargh!! Now it’s William Paley’s watchmaker argument.
Next we’re presented with some recitals of biological phenomena like osmosis and “roots absorb nutrients in solution from the soil.” We’ll skip those because they’re well understood and aren’t worth repeating here. Well, okay — here’s one paragraph:
Photosynthesis is the process by which green plants produce food. All food originates from this process. Chlorophyll form [sic] the green color in plants. This chlorophyll is the machine by which it takes carbon dioxide from the air and water with nutrients from the roots and with energy from the light of the sun to produce food.
Oooooh, ooooooh — photosynthesis! You’ve got to be wondering: Where is all of this going? Here it comes, right at the end of today’s article:
I would say that all these complex functions in plant growth demonstrate very forcefully that they were designed by a very intelligent designer.
Wow! Ray Comfort, William Paley, light years, centripetal force, photosynthesis, chlorophyll — powerful stuff! We can’t wait for Part Two.
Update: See Creationist Wisdom #126: Cliche-orama 2.
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