WE just had an astounding insight about creationism, dear reader, and we want to tell you about it. The understanding burst upon us while reading a letter-to-the-editor titled Plenty of evidence to support God’s existence, just consider our reality, which appears in the Gilroy Dispatch, published in Gilroy, California. According to Wikipedia:
Gilroy is well known for its garlic crop and for the Gilroy Garlic Festival which occurs annually, featuring various garlicky foods including garlic ice cream. Gilroy also produces mushrooms in considerable quantity. Gilroy’s nickname is “Garlic Capital of the World” …
If you click over to the paper, this letter is the second one at that link, so you’ll have to scroll down to find it. We’ll copy most of today’s letter, but we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. We’ll also add some bold for emphasis, plus our usual Curmudgeonly commentary between paragraphs. Here we go:
Marc Perkel writes in a Sept. 7th letter, that there is no evidence for God’s existence.
He probably refers to this: No evidence for God’s existence, so why are the religious people upset?, but it’s not necessary that you read it in order to appreciate today’s letter, to which we now return:
Not so!! Evidence of intelligent design is everywhere. At the university, I majored in geology and physics. The rule was that matter and energy were the sole elements of the earth. One could not create matter, nor could one create energy. However, one could change energy into matter, or change matter into energy. A good example is to burn a log in a fire (that’s matter) and create energy – the radiant heat from the fire.
So far, the letter-writer hasn’t provided us with any evidence of intelligent design. Let’s read on:
To create matter from energy is more complicated. All energy comes from the sun. All green leaves on plants have the ability of photosynthesis. There is in the leaf a molecule called chlorophyll that has the ability, using energy from the sun, to combine nitrogen from the soil with water and carbon dioxide from the air to create a carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are the building blocks of all vegetation.
Everybody knows about photosynthesis. We came here for evidence of intelligent design! Let’s continue:
How does the molecule chlorophyll know just how much nitrogen to blend with the carbon dioxide to make the carbohydrate? The guide to that ability of the molecule to correctly combine the elements is know [sic] as “information.”
Huh? Whaaa? Here’s more:
Science now recognizes that there is not only matter and energy, but also information necessary on this earth for life. Information is not created through evolution. It is a force guiding the chemical reactions of photosynthesis – the basis of all our food.
Aaaah! Now we see it. The universe is matter, energy and … information! That’s when it hit us, dear reader. “Information” is the new word for the theological concept of “spirit.” Like spirit, information is invisible, omnipresent, essential, mysterious, etc. Make the linguistic swap and suddenly you’re talking like the most brilliant intelligent design advocate. This is great!
Moving along in the letter:
Science recognizes the force for development and the order but dare not call that force the God of Israel.
Yes. It’s the dogma that dare not speak its name. Another excerpt:
There is, in addition to photosynthesis, many other examples of “information” in nature. The monarch butterfly flies thousands of miles in an accurate course to its birthplace – a flight never flown before. How is it guided? It has the information in its brain, but who put it there? I quote from the Bible from Romans, chapter 1, verse 20: “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made.”
Information, information, information … Gotta keep repeating that. Okay. Got it! And now we come to the end:
Lastly, I would quote King Solomon from the book of Ecclesiastes: “Only a fool says in his heart that there is no God.”
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
There you are, dear reader. You’re finally equipped to go forth with a full understanding of the intelligent design movement: Information is the new word for spirit. We learned it from the “Garlic Capital of the World,” and you learned it from your humble Curmudgeon.
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