Creationist Wisdom #265: Hard Core

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the News Star of Monroe, Louisiana. The letter is titled Christians must accept creationism. 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:

On Aug. 22, The News-Star ran an editorial from The (Baton Rouge) Advocate with the headline “Don’t teach our kids rot.” It was an opinion piece from The Advocate that denigrated biblical creation.

We searched, but we can’t find the editorial he’s referring to. No matter, we can guess what it said. The letter continues:

I’ll bet you won’t see The Advocate or The News-Star use such derogatory language about any other religion. That wouldn’t be politically correct.

It may also be because (at least so far) no other religion is trying to use political power to force its dogma into public schools. Let’s read on:

The Advocate called the belief in the creation as stated in the Bible nonsense. I’m very offended, and all who call themselves Christians should be also.

Okay, let the letter-writer be offended. Nevertheless, creationism is nonsense. We continue:

The editorial states that creationism is bad science and mythology. The implication is that you are stupid if you believe the Bible.

Creationism is bad science. That’s why the editorial probably implied that it’s stupid to believe such mythology. Here’s more:

As anyone who can read knows evolution is a theory, which means it’s unproven. Using that fact and a little logic, then belief in the Bible has just as much basis as evolution. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

That nicely illustrates why it’s hopeless to debate with creationists — or with anyone who thinks he’s Napoleon. Moving along:

If you Google “Christian scientists” you will see the great minds of science who believed, and many who still do, in Christianity — men such as Copernicus, Bacon, Newton, Pasteur and Galileo. Galileo went so far as to say the Bible can’t be in error.

Galileo said that, but he also said that our interpretation of the bible may be in error — as in the case of the Church’s denial of the solar system. He definitely wasn’t a word-for-word literalist. That’s what got him in trouble with the Inquisition. Another excerpt:

I have no idea which mainstream churches to which the article refers don’t believe in the Biblical creation, but if you don’t believe in the infallible word of God, you can’t be called a Christian, period.

Wow — who made that guy the supreme authority? We can help the letter-writer by directing to the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations supporting evolution.

And now we come to the end:

You have a choice. Either you believe or you call God a liar.

We have more choices than that. We can also believe that certain creationist letter-writers are morons.

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9 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #265: Hard Core

  1. Without discussing theology here, the letter writer does not appear to understand that some Christians are perfectly comfortable believing God Created, without believing in the nonsense of “creationism,” which is something else entirely. Therefore, even though he tells me I have to agree with him, I’m going to pass.

  2. Ellie says: “Therefore, even though he tells me I have to agree with him, I’m going to pass.”

    When you meet someone like that, you do more than pass. You back away, quickly, and run as fast as you can.

  3. God’s a liar.

  4. The Letter Writer falsely dichotomizes: “You have a choice. Either you believe or you call God a liar.”

    There is another possibility — maybe the person or people who wrote the scripture that became the bible were “stretching the truth” when they said they were divinely inspired. How better to give their words authority?

  5. SC says, “When you meet someone like that, you do more than pass. You back away, quickly, and run as fast as you can.”

    Or, because I can’t run, I could hit him with my cane…

  6. Interesting that Paul says (in 1 Corinthians 7) that some of what he writes might not be the word of the Lord. I am unaware of anything in the Bible which says that if you don’t believe what is written in the Bible you are saying that God is a liar. Of course, a lot of people let their secular knowledge and human understanding about the Earth being a planet influence their interpretation of the Bible. (Even though very few of those people could give a good reason to believe that the Earth moves.)

  7. “You have a choice. Either you believe or you call God a liar.”

    Uh, no. Both choices require you to believe in a God. You can’t call someone a liar if you don’t believe he even exists. It would be like proclaiming the Tooth Fairy a liar.

  8. What if I call God a liar for claiming to exist even though he does not?

  9. This fundamentalist letter writer also doesn’t know that to be “Christian” doesn’t really involve the “infallible word of God” (Bible), only the acceptance of Jesus as lord and saviour. Christians tend to like upping the ante and making “membership” much harder than the original concept so that they can be justifiably self-righteous which, in turn, enables the creation of a hierarchy or politcal structure and ultimately the ensuing power.