This is our second letter-to-the-editor today. It appears in Gadsden Times of Gadsden, Alabama., and the title is Theory vs. fact. 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; but we’ll tell you this much — we’ve encountered this letter-writer before. Okay, here we go. It begins with scripture:
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
That’s very nice. Then the letter says:
To my knowledge, and the author of “In Denial” hasn’t “taught” me, to this date evolution has never made such a rational, common sense, evidently true statement.
He’s referring to this earlier letter: In denial, which discusses something today’s letter-writer had previously written, and which was also the subject of our Creationist Wisdom #250: Ignorant and Evil. So what we have here is a series of dueling letters. You don’t need to go back to read what went before, because today’s letter is amusing enough as it is. It continues:
Evolution will become a “fact” when it can give a superior explanation for the origin of the universe.
We assume he means that his Genesis quote is scientifically superior to evolution. As you can see, we’re dealing with a world-class genius, and that was just his opening paragraph. Let’s read on:
Talk of man evolving, and dinosaurs turning into chickens, is not sufficient to convince thinking adults that evolution is a “fact.” Incidentally, the writer refers to evolution as a “fact” and a “theory” in the same letter. Why would he spend all this good newspaper space criticizing me, rather than telling about the “social implications” of evolution?
Painful, isn’t? This stuff is garbled beyond belief. Oh, as you probably already know, evolution is a fact and a theory. We’ll get to those “social implications” a bit later. The letter continues:
What caused the Big Bang? Did matter just get together and decide to explode? Did the atoms create the laws of physics as they went? Is there any limitation to what matter can do if it makes up its mind? Did matter create the fruits of the Spirit as given in Galatians 5:22?
That’s a powerful collection of questions. It’s always amazing to see what comes out of a creationist’s mind. Here’s more:
If I have assassinated anybody’s character, I am sorry. Assassinating a person’s character is crude and unkind. Mr. Darwin said Christianity is a damnable doctrine. Is it character assassination to tell the documented truth about a historical figure?
That’s an interesting quote. Naturally we checked it out. Darwin used the phrase “damnable doctrine” in his autobiography — which was published five years after his death. The editing history is described here: The Autobiography of Charles Darwin. Some sensitive passages were omitted originally, but later restored. A version with that “damnable doctrine” expression is online here. It appears on page 87. This is the full context:
Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished.
And this is a damnable doctrine.
There’s a footnote after that, which says:
Mrs. Darwin annotated this passage (from “and have never since doubted”…. to “damnable doctrine”) in her own handwriting. She writes:— “I should dislike the passage in brackets to be published. It seems to me raw. Nothing can be said too severe upon the doctrine of everlasting punishment for disbelief — but very few now wd. call that ‘Christianity,’ (tho’ the words are there.)
Make of it what you will, dear reader. We consider it quote-mining. Moving along in today’s letter:
The history of evolution and its “social implications” are not nice. Racism comes straight out of evolution. The subtitle of Mr. Darwin’s book speaks of “favoured races.” Eugenics was birthed by evolution, and out of eugenics came Hitler and Margaret Sanger of Planned Parenthood, two of the bloodiest people of history.
We’ve rebutted that stuff too many times to go through it all again. For just one of our several posts on that rubbish, see Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin. Okay, here’s another excerpt from today’s letter:
“Flawed logic” is another name for evolution. In the 165 years since Mr. Darwin launched the modern war on the Bible, there has been no evidence discovered to prove John 1:1-3 and 12 wrong. There is not enough space to document that statement in a letter, but the documentation is available.
We don’t know what he’s talking about, and we don’t care. Fortunately, there’s only one more paragraph to the letter:
For 2,000 years, the Bible has been believed and honored as God’s Word, and those who have believed it have not caused jails to be built, or destroyed human dignity, or caused their neighbors to fear, or called evil good.
So there you are. Another great letter — and we know it’s great because our head is spinning. We assume yours is too.
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