We occasionally post about columns written by Ben Bova, a good science fiction writer, when he discusses The Controversy between evolution and creationism. He lives in Naples Florida, and sometimes writes for his local paper, the Naples Daily News: The last time was here: Ben Bova: The Search For Life’s Origins.
Bova recently wrote The ignorant and their leaders are marching endlessly — to oblivion , but we didn’t post about it. However, his column triggered today’s letter-to-the-editor in that newspaper, titled Crossing the line. It’s delightfully riddled with creationist cliches. 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:
Ben Bova’s lack of accuracy and truth in his March 18 commentary is matched only by his arrogance in calling people of faith ignorant. He made numerous inaccurate statements and is ignorant of the following:
A bold beginning! We can’t wait for the rest:
Although there are many examples of intra-species evolution, there has never been an instance of interspecies evolution in which, for example, a cat can become a horse. Charles Darwin wrote that if proof of interspecies evolution is not eventually found, then his theory fails.
No croco-duck, no cat-dog! Jeepers, he’s right! Let’s read on:
Darwin’s theory has failed for lack of proof, but to Bova and his ilk belief in evolution has become a false religion requiring greater faith than a belief in God.
Search your soul, dear reader. Are you among Bova’s ilk? We continue:
Increasingly, respected scientists are realizing only “intelligent design” satisfactorily explains the origin of the universe. Brilliant scientists, such as Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Kelvin, Johannes Kepler, James Prescott Joule, Werner von Braun, Carl Linnaeus, Sir Joseph Lister, Louis Pasteur, Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday, and Dr. Taylor (who has authored over 80 scientific articles) believed in creation and its Creator.
Nice list. Most lived before Darwin. As for the others, none are even 20th Century, except for von Braun — who was no biologist. We don’t know who Taylor is, nor do we really care. Here’s more:
To believe that man evolved from primordial ooze is akin to believing that a fully functioning 747 airplane was created by a hurricane passing through a junk yard.
Wow — we never heard of that before. (Actually, we have. See Hoyle’s fallacy.) Here’s one more excerpt from the letter’s end:
Bova was right when he stated: “The morons march on. To their death.” Only he didn’t realize to whom his statement applied.
We think Bova knew exactly to whom he was referring.
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