Creationist Wisdom #131: Easter

THIS one is especially timely. We present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled It is all in the celebration of contradiction, which appears in the Florida Times-Union, the major daily newspaper of Jacksonville, Florida.

The author writes under the name Godspenman. Here’s who he is: Reverend James L. Snyder and this is his church: Family of God Fellowship. We’ll copy parts of today’s letter, adding some bold for emphasis and just a bit of Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs.

The Rev begins with several paragraphs about a discussion with his wife, and then he gets to the point:

What she was referring to were the two holidays celebrated within several days of each other. The first being, of course, April Fools’ Day and the second, Easter Sunday. I had to agree with her it was rather a strange sort of affairs. There could not be two more diverse holidays to celebrate then these.

Okay, let’s read on:

On the one hand, we have April Fools’ Day. This is the primary atheist holiday and I base that on the Bible. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good” (Psalms 14:1 KJV).

Of course, I do not believe in atheists. I have never met an atheist in my entire life. I have met people who said they were atheists, but I never believed it. Every time an atheist gets in trouble, he blames it on God. Remember 9/11? Now, if he really does not believe in God, why does he blame things on God?

Atheists blamed God for 9/11? Anyway, the Rev doesn’t believe in the existence of atheists. What does he believe? We continue:

I must give credit to these people who think they are atheists. They firmly believe that there is no God despite the evidence to the contrary.

Ah, evidence. Now we’re getting somewhere:

Take the controversy between evolution and creationism. After all the efforts by so-called experts, nobody has come up with any solid proof supporting the theory of evolution. Despite the labors of many to prove otherwise, the evidence supporting creationism is overwhelming. For someone to reject solid facts and then cling on to an unproven theory has to be the epitome of foolishness.

Evolution is the “epitome of foolishness.” Here’s more:

Then, on the other hand, we have Easter Sunday. This is a well-documented event in the history of mankind. Certainly, many have tried to disapprove the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but all to no avail. Very few events in history have more collaborating evidence then the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

He probably means “corroborating” evidence, but let’s not quibble. The Rev tells us that the contrast between evolution and the resurrection couldn’t be more clear. There’s no “solid proof” for the former, and it’s overwhelming for the latter. And for creationism too. Okay, that was the evidence discussion. Skipping a bit:

As I see it, the difference between an atheist and a Christian is simply this; an atheist lives in the world of blatant denial of truth while the Christian lives his whole life on the solid foundation of truth as revealed in the Bible.

The Rev easily switches back and forth between evolution and atheism. His use of those terms inter-changeably suggests his belief that they’re the same thing.

Now we’ll skip to the end:

This week I choose to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with the calm assurance that it is true.

Your Curmudgeon hopes the Rev has a wonderful holiday.

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14 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #131: Easter

  1. The reverend should take a few lessons of basic English to stop mistaking “then” for “than.” Besides properly understanding the meaning of “solid proof,” “overwhelming,” “collaborating,” and “evidence.”

    Then he should take some advanced lessons in composition and get into the habit of proofreading before sending letter to a newspaper. A few lessons on science and on logic could help too.

  2. “Godsunwantedpenman: “..the evidence supporting creationism is overwhelming…”

    Right. All the mutually contradictory versions.

  3. Just a nit-pick, this is not a “letter-to-the-editor”, it is a blog entry. Evidently any registered user of the Florida Times-Union can have a blog on their website. The Rev. has been blogging there for over a year.

  4. RogerE, okay, it’s not a “letter-to-the-editor.” I can tolerate nit-picking when it’s accurate.

  5. “…April Fools’ Day. This is the primary atheist holiday…”

    Gee, I always thought Darwin’s birthday was the primary “atheist holiday”. So, all those Christians who play pranks on April 1st are really atheists? But then, the Rev. says, “I do not believe in atheists.” Oh, I get it, he was trying to be funny and failed.

    Also, I don’t think I’ve ever heard an atheist blame God for 9/11. It seems to me they usually blame it on religious fanaticism. It’s hard to blame something that one doesn’t believes exists. Actually, it has been Christians that I have heard blame God for 9/11. It was a punishment for our sins.

  6. I think God needs a new penman. The one He has is doing Him no credit.

  7. retiredsciguy

    RogerE says,
    “Actually, it has been Christians that I have heard blame God for 9/11. It was a punishment for our sins.”

    Yep. I clearly recall seeing Jerry Falwell saying we were being punished for our tolerance of homosexuality. Hard to imagine how he could believe a just God would kill all those innocents, but that’s what he said.
    I wonder if he considered that what he was saying was essentially that God was on the Islamists’ side.
    God rest his soul, wherever it happens to be.

  8. It’s all those Christian Un-Birthdays, or Un-holidays that are Atheist holidays. To get rid of them all the Rev has to do is make every day a Christian Holiday – he could start with the Catholic Church which seems to have most days covered with saints.

    Then there would be nothing left for the Atheists to occupy.

    What a thought. 🙂

  9. Bob Carroll

    What would happen if Easter fell on April 1? Actually, it must, occasionally. I can just see the reaction if the first Easter was the result of a Fools’ Day prank gone horribly wrong. “Ah, Thomas had it right originally.” quoting an anonymous source, “We were just trying to piss off the Romans.”

    Actually, a friend of mine was born on 4/1 when it was Easter, a good many years ago. Anyone want to calculate her age?

  10. Presuming Bob’s friend is less than 120 years old, the most recent April Fools’ Day Easter (using the Western calculation) were 1923, 1934, 1945 and 1956. So she is either 87, 76, 65 or 54. The next April Fools’ Day Easter is in 2018.

  11. If these fundie Christians are so blatantly wrong about something such as evolution that has so much evidence that is so easily checked, how can anyone trust their opinion on spiritual matters that don’t have evidence one can examine with ordinary senses?

    I commented on the Reverend’s newspaper blog, and also sent him a personal email asking him why there is so much evidence for evolution if it didn’t happen. I don’t expect a reply, but if I get one it will probably be funny.

  12. Bob Carroll

    Thanks, RogerE. 65 is it!

  13. @GE: And don’t forget “disapprove” when I’m certain he meant “disprove”, as in “Godspenman can disapprove of evolution all he wants, but it will be difficult for him to disprove it.”

  14. Easter is named after Oester– a fertility goddess. Go figure.