WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Real issue is theism versus humanism, which appears in the Jacksonville Daily News of Jacksonville, North Carolina, home of the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune. 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.
This one is much like the earlier letter we wrote about here Creationist Wisdom #125: Secular Humanism, but the letter-writer offers a few different arguments. We’ll skip over the similarities and copy only the “original” material. Here we go:
In response to the unattributed Associated Press article headlined, “Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin, evolution,” on Page 34 in the March 7 edition of The Daily News, I would like to say: “Thank God (and our Constitution) for the right to free speech.”
As we told you in our earlier post, that AP article appeared everywhere; it apparently upset a lot of creationists. And while the letter-writer is thanking God, he might also give a nod to James Madison, a principle author of both the Constitution and the First Amendment. Let’s read on:
Obviously, the author(s) of the article is biased against Creationism, and he or she is in the majority. It is quite erroneous, though, to assume that science has disproved it and has conclusively substantiated evolution.
Yes, “quite erroneous.” We continue:
To say that anything other than Darwin’s theory is a lie is somewhat of a contradiction. After all, if it were empirical fact, it would cease to be theory. (Consequently, even Darwin himself refuted his own theory.) All things being equal, evolution requires more faith than Creationism. Nevertheless, neither can be proved; neither can be measured; neither can be duplicated — all of which are prerequisite for determining scientific facts. The real fact is, it comes down to faith — faith in the transcendent being (God) or faith in humanity (secular humanism).
Aaaargh!! That was an amazing paragraph. Here’s more:
The humanistic view of evolution must, by its nature, deny the God of the Bible because to acknowledge God’s existence necessitates a response, i.e., to the Bible, to ancient history, to our place in this world and the universe, to our humility and obedience to God. Naturally, this idea is loathsome to most people.
Loathsome? Not really. In a discussion about science, irrelevant might be a better word. Moving along:
On the other hand, a Christian view of origins must, by its very nature, deny evolution because to allow for evolution is to negate the need for the Savior, Jesus Christ, whose salvific role is in direct response to the fall of humanity at a specific point in time.
The letter-writer has a point. Evolution doesn’t pinpoint the Fall. Another excerpt:
As home-schoolers we do not have the benefit of taxfunded schooling, free transportation to and from school, and the amenities of public school (such as band, sports, etc.) What we do have, though, is a desire and a right to take control of what is going into our children’s minds.
How fortunate for the children. On with the letter:
But the issue is not public school versus home-school — it is humanism versus theism, man versus God. The founders of this nation, those responsible for the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, saw that our “inalienable rights” came from God and are revealed in Scripture. Hitler, et al., on the other hand saw that some people were “unfit” to live because he believed in Darwinian theories.
Yes — the choice is between the Founders and Hitler — therefore creationism. It’s all so clear. And now we come to the end:
The leaders from our past saw fit to give all of us the right to think, speak and educate freely. They did not mandate a particular faith but left it up to each of us. That being said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
Hey, it’s his house and his family. Bless ’em all.
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