Creationist Wisdom #224: Science is Arrogant

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the the Evansville Courier & Press of Evansville, Indiana. The letter is titled Creationism tells of our existence. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city.

It begins by referring to an earlier letter, Creation science shows resurgence of state’s legislative hubris. Today’s letter-writer says: “I would like the opportunity to agree to disagree,” and then … well, here it comes:

As a Christian, I personally embrace the idea of teaching creationism (the absolute truth about our very existence) in the public school system. At 62 years of age I have lived and experienced many cultural changes; therefore, I can discern between fact and fiction.

Let’s see how good he really is at doing that. The letter continues:

[L]egally, I must agree with Mr. Bandoli [the earlier letter-writer]; the bill he refers to mandating the teaching of the creation in schools doesn’t have a prayer to pass. It may be taken to the Indiana Supreme Court where, ultimately, it would probably be thrown out, citing the Edwards v. Aguillard case from 1987. He also states, why fight it?

Why fight the Supreme Court? Let’s read on:

Well, Mr.Bandoli, why fight anything? I’m certain the American Civil Liberties Union would fight it. No, it is not a bad bill, just bad timing. It is unfortunate that Mr. Bandoli exemplifies arrogance in his statements, while at the same time he charges that those sponsoring the bill are arrogant.

Ah, he wants to fight the Supreme Court because they, and those who reject creationism, are arrogant. But of course, today’s letter-writer isn’t arrogant. We continue:

I would like to challenge him to research a statement about those who seek knowledge, solely, and compare things they know nothing about to “scientific ignorance.” The words are as follows: “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the company of fools will be destroyed.” Here’s a clue where to find it — the most purchased book of all time.

Thanks for the clue. Here’s more:

The notion that natural evolutionary process can account for the origin of all living species has never been, nor do I believe it will ever be, established as fact.

Are you, dear reader, as impressed as we are at the letter-writer’s lack of arrogance? And now we come to the end:

Nor is it “scientific” in any true sense of the word. No scientific experience or observation will give us knowledge of where we came from or how we got here. Just as you do, I have faith and trust in things I cannot see.

So there you are. The comments after the letter are all pretty good, so far.

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11 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #224: Science is Arrogant

  1. “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the company of fools will be destroyed.”

    Nice quote. Perhaps the writer should choose who he “walks with” a little more carefully.

  2. Here’s a clue where to find it — the most purchased book of all time.

    I fail to see what Harry Potter has to do with any of this.

  3. Or Mein Kampf for that matter.

  4. Ceteris Paribus

    “‘How can you say, “We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD,” when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?

    Jeremiah 8:8 New International Version (©1984)

    Brings to mind the inevitable freshman 101 philosophy lecture that starts with the prof writing on the board:

    “This sentence is false”

  5. As a Christian, I personally embrace the idea of teaching science in the public school system. At 65 years of age I have lived and experienced many cultural changes; therefore, I can discern between fact and fiction (and pig-headedness).

  6. Just how many logical fallacies does it take to make a boneheaded comment?
    This guy does irony so well I doubt he recognizes it in his own work.

  7. Letter-writer writes: “The notion that natural evolutionary process can account for the origin of all living species has never been, nor do I believe it will ever be, established as fact.”

    Again, another confusion of origin of life with “The Origin of Species”. Since he doesn’t seem to be a professional creationist, it’s probably not a deliberate attempt to mislead; but just a parroting of a creationist screed.

    The previous letter that he objects to was written by a professor of biology at the University of Southern Indiana, is excellent, not at all arrogant, and makes the point that if passed the bill will just lead to a wastefully expensive and futile lawsuit.

  8. Another Christian idiot who knows nothing about science and who thinks he’s qualified to tell science teachers how to do their jobs. What a surprise!

    These imbeciles can’t be reasoned with. I just tell them they’re idiots and they got a lot of nerve to try to stick their stupidity into our public schools.

  9. Way to go!
    Our old friend Hermancummins has turned up in the comments in that paper. He is even further off his trolley and using k instead of c in his letter.

  10. Adey: I HAD to go see what our buddy Herman had to say, especially why he would be using “k” instead of “c” in his letter. This is how he began his letter:
    “In this comment, each word beginning with “k” is really a “c”. This publication tries to prevent me from posting.”
    ??? The rest of it is his usual tripe.
    I also saw our own DocBill make an appearance. Go, DocBill!

  11. The reason I`m even checking your site out is because I was raised believing the Book, the Word and things just don`t always add up. But when I express my concerns I`m suppose to pray more and read my bible. I`ve always wanted it all to be over I stuggle with bi-polal depression and lately I learned that evil spirits is what I have due to my disobedience. Yes I`ve sinned repented and should be forgiven……however I`m also to bear my cross till Jesus comes or I die. I need my miracle. How can the past be erased?