You know where that title comes from, don’t you? If not, all will be explained as we explore the depths of the letter-writer’s thinking. 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. Okay, here we go:
The letter begins by referring to an earlier letter by a Mr. Refo, which we can’t locate, but apparently it was opposed to creationism. Today’s letter-writer says:
If Mr. Refo were to look at Genesis 1:2, he would find that the earth was described as being “void and without form,” where science says it was a swirling ball of hot gasses. Not much difference since theologians and scientists agree that neither nature or God or whatever else one wishes to call it is constrained by man’s constraints of “time” in our hours, days etc.
So much rich material, so little time for comment. First, we never realized before this moment that science and Genesis described things the same way. That’s an astounding discovery. Then there’s the dictum that, like God, nature is not bound by time. Wowie — everything is simultaneous! But the letter has even more revelations for us:
The so-called creation story only differs from “evolution” in the closed mind of a person who has chosen beforehand not to believe.
Yup! They’re identical. Absolutely. No one can accuse your Curmudgeon of having a closed mind. Let’s read on:
The virtual “father” of modern science, Albert Einstein, believed in God, for he wrote, when he learned of the atomic bomb, that it was “an abomination before God.”
Where to begin? We’ll have to ignore the description of Einstein as the father of modern science. Perhaps if that description were limited to physics …, but let’s not be sidetracked. The essence of the letter-writer’s claim is that Einstein was a believer. That’s so well known to be false that no serious refutation required, but here’s a good place to start: Albert Einstein’s religious views. As for the “abomination” quote, we can’t find it, but we didn’t spend much time looking. The letter continues:
When we close our mind to any thought other than our own, we remove any possibility to arrive at the truth.
That’s essentially true. But we doubt that the letter-writer understands those words as we do. And we must have rational standards that demand closing our minds to certain malformed ideas, but that’s another story. Here’s the letter’s end:
I am a believer. Mr. Refo is not. One of us is wrong. If I am, I have lost nothing. If he is, he has lost everything.
Surely you recognized Pascal’s Wager. But there’s something to what the letter-writer says. The only thing he has to lose is his mind, and perhaps that’s no loss at all.
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