WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Fairy tale for grown-ups, which appears in the Casper Star-Tribune of Casper, Wyoming. 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:
In his April 14 letter (“Creationism is not science”), Russell Hawley gives his definition of a “theory” as that supported by a vast body of evidence. He then gives an example of evolutionary “fact”; Australopithecus, a link from ape to man.
We found Hawley’s letter. It’s well done, but it’s not the sort of thing we write about here, because … well, we’re rarely motivated to comment on letters we agree with. But such letters often generate amusing responses, and we’ve got a live one this morning. Let’s read on in today’s gem:
More recent computer studies show them to be totally ape-like in bodily proportions. Another study which examined the inner ear bones (used to maintain balance) show them to be very similar to apes and gorillas, but greatly different from those of humans. Dental development is that of chimpanzees, not humans.
Claims of a missing link that walked upright were based on one 3 1/2-foot tall fossil (Lucy). However, more recent studies of Lucy’s entire anatomy, not just a knee joint, show this to be highly unlikely. Lucy was most likely an extinct ape similar to pygmy chimpanzees, just as Neanderthal man, Heidelberg man, and Cro-Magnon man are now considered to be completely human.
We won’t waste your time on the letter-writer’s claims about Australopithecus and Lucy. There’s no need. The depth of the letter-writer’s knowledge is revealed by his — shall we say — exposé of Cro-Magnon man. Hint: we’ve known from its first discovery that it was an early example of modern humans. We continue:
These are just more examples of the extreme measures many will go to try and prove evolution. Sciences’ own law of bio-genesis (life comes only from life) contradicts evolution.
That so-called “law” which allegedly disproves evolution is a childish misunderstanding of Louis Pasteur’s work on spontaneous generation. The letter-writer’s distortion of Pasteur’s work is found only in creationist literature. Here’s more:
Mendel’s laws of reshuffled genes, not mutated, contradict evolution. Mutations are necessary for evolution, but no known mutation has ever produced a more complex form of life than its ancestors.
Another canard from creationist websites. If refutation is needed, see: Examples of Beneficial Mutations and Natural Selection. Moving along:
All organs are found fully developed in all species; they show design. There are no partially developed eyes, skin, arteries, veins, etc.
And yet, we frequently see evidence of humans who seem to have only half a brain. But seriously, since the letter-writer mentioned eyes, see: evolution of the eye. Another excerpt:
The fact is there are thousands of books showing very convincing evidence for creation (“In the Beginning” by Walt Brown being one of the best).
Of what are allegedly “thousands of books showing very convincing evidence for creation” that‘s one of the best? Walt Brown is a creation “scientist” who runs the Center for Scientific Creation. On with the letter:
Unfortunately since our schools’ curriculum is currently controlled by evolutionists, it is up to all truth-seeking individuals to examine the evidence for creation on their own (I challenge Russell to read the above-mentioned book). Creationism is not a religion, but a theory of origins based on much more solid evidence then evolution. After hundreds of years of Darwin and much teaching on evolution, the vast majority of humanity believes in creation and a supreme being.
Ah yes, creationism is “a theory of origins based on much more solid evidence then evolution.” And now we come to the end:
Evolution is simply a fairy tale for grown-ups who wish not to answer to a higher power.
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
So there you are, dear reader. As always, the choice is yours — do you want science, or a fairy tale?
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