Creationist Wisdom #184: Two in Tennessee

Today, dear reader, we’re bringing you two letters-to-the-editor, each of which appears in the Knoxville News Sentinel of Knoxville, Tennessee. For each letter we’ll give you a few excerpts, omitting the writer’s name and city, and we’ll add some bold font for emphasis. You’ll have to click over to the Knoxville News Sentinel to enjoy them in their entirety.

The first letter is Intelligent design not against science. From the title, you know what to expect.

Secular scientists begin with the premise that there is no God so there is no external influence on the universe. They search only for truth that does not include a God.

Yes, that’s in Chapter One of every science text. The letter continues:

The truth (what actually happened) does not change, only people’s misunderstanding of it. If there is a God, then there is no new data to Him.

That makes sense. Only foolish scientists need data. Let’s read on:

Intelligent design is not opposed to genuine science. For a matter to be real science it must be provable, observable and reproducible; macro evolution (origins, explanations for life) is neither.

How true! We cannot produce a platypus from a paramecium. One last excerpt:

If people die when hearts, kidneys and livers fail, then how did anyone live while those organs “evolved?” The obvious answer is that they didn’t. Man began as he is today.

Creationism triumphs again!

And now for the second letter in the same newspaper. It’s Science protectors endow omnipotence. Here we go:

The issue is whether science is science, specifically when it speaks about the origin of man and the universe.

Ah yes, that is the issue. We continue:

The notion that the orderly, precise universe we live in came about by a gigantic explosion in the far distant past is so ludicrous it can only survive because it has the covering of science. As an explanation of what we know, this theory fails every logical analysis.

Here’s the conclusion:

Science is a wonderful body of knowledge. It should operate freely within its sphere of ability, but it should not be endowed with the omnipotence being demanded by the protectors of science teaching in the schools.

Science should not be endowed with omnipotence! They won’t put up with that in Tennessee.

Okay, dear reader, now click over to the News Sentinel to read the letters for yourself. Then, perhaps, you’ll agree with us that Tennessee seems like a really great state — for creationists.

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4 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #184: Two in Tennessee

  1. If people die when hearts, kidneys and livers fail, then how did anyone live while those organs “evolved?” The obvious answer is that they didn’t. Man began as he is today.

    I’m always interested in arguments against reproduction and development.
    Arguments for Scientific Storkism.

    If people develop from a fertilized egg, how did anyone live while those organs “developed”?

  2. Yep, Man began as he is today – true statement – because his mom and dad already had those organs too, and their parents, and their parents…….

    And that ludicrous big bang… it is also rather illogical. So are a lot of things. I think about how illogical it is that a massive 747 is going to get off the ground every time I board one. Also, that I can talk to someone anywhere in the world with a palm-sized piece of plastic and silicon, anytime I want to. Or that I can type this message on a seemingly magic device that people I’ve never met will read and possibly respond to. Lucky for us that “covering of science” makes all these things possible, illogical as they seem to be.

  3. How did we survive before we evolved kidneys?

    At least part of the answer over on Pharyngula

  4. It always fascinates me that people claim that natural selection hasn’t been observed. The fact that we’re vaccinated once a year for the flu is a prime example of observable evolution. The influenza that can survive the vaccination is more likely to survive, so every year they get better at beating our medicine.