Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the News Star of Monroe, Louisiana. The letter is titled Engineer doubts evolution theory. 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:
Oh, I know better than to wander off into this subject, but I just can’t help myself. It seems that previously people could have disagreements without one side proclaiming that the other side must be stupid. What set me off recently is the argument over creationism versus evolution. It has reached the point that if you believe in creationism then your are just a dumb yokel, but if you believe in evolution you are an enlightened scientist. Also, schools that allow both are definitely dumb and below acceptable standards.
Yes, that’s the way of it. So what does today’s letter-writer bring to the table? Stay with us, dear reader. The letter continues:
Now let’s see, the last I knew evolution was known as Darwin’s theory, because Darwin went off to a chain of islands and after studying things concluded that all creatures started from basically the same point and evolved into higher and higher creatures.
That’s the last thing this guy knew? Then this should be fun. Let’s read on:
Now, I don’t deny that evidence exists that some evolution does take place. I once read that a noted scientist, and I forget his name right now, said that the best way to prove a theory correct was to assume that it was wrong and see if you could find evidence that it was wrong. If failing to find any, this supported the fact that the theory was probably right.
Well, that doesn’t prove anything, but it’s true that if one wants to challenge an established theory, he’s obligated to produce some evidence that it’s wrong. Does today’s letter-writer have such evidence? His letter continues:
In my ignorance I find some reason to doubt that the human race could have possibly lived long enough to go through the evolution that produced the race. To just cover one point of doubt, since the digestive system requires acid, how could the race have survived long enough for the digestive system to evolve. It seems to me that because evolution is so slow that the race would have died off.
Ah — the letter-writer imagines that our ancestral species lacked the ability to digest its food. That’s one we haven’t seen before, so we’ll give this guy credit for being original. Here’s more:
Further, how did the race determine that the needed acid was hydrochloric? Then I guess evolution had the wisdom to figure out how to produce this acid, and there are many more similar questions that could be asked. But then, we are not to ask, only to accept.
No, one may always ask. But first it’s advisable to think. Then ask. That’s how to avoid looking foolish. Moving along:
Now I wasn’t there when man was created, so I can’t give a first-hand account. I do believe that enough complexity exists to allow me to ask if this could have happened by chance rather than having an advanced and intelligent designer. Just dumb old me I guess, but I am not ready to say to God “You didn’t build this.”
The final paragraph is the best part:
So I guess I’ll just have to continue to be labeled as ignorant. I had hoped that a degree in engineering would have helped me escape that label.
No, in this case it wasn’t enough.
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