Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Myrtle Beach Sun News of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We learned about it through a tip from one of our clandestine operatives. The letter is titled Creationism trumps science. 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:
Sincerest thanks to Raymond H. Kocot for his Oct. 8 letter, “Science vs. creation views”
He’s referring to this earlier letter which appeared in the same newspaper: Science vs. creation views. It’s one of the funniest creationist letters we’ve seen, and we don’t know how we missed it. Before getting back to today’s letter, here are a few excerpts from the earlier letter which inspired it:
Nye’s claims that creationists threaten science is utterly preposterous since, as British scientist Robert Clark said, “Sustained scientific development has only occurred in the Christian culture.” In all other cultures: Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, etc., science developed to a certain point and then stopped. Therefore, empirical science was discovered and developed by these brilliant, Bible-believing Christians. I’ll just name a few of the pioneers of real science: Francis Bacon, Johnnes Kepler, Blaise Pascal, Robert Boyle, Sir Isaac Newton, and Michael Faraday. It begs the question: Why should Bill Nye fear creationists since creationists discovered and developed sicence [sic]? A course in the history of science is recommended for those who share Nye’s opinion.
In 1993, University of Georgia’s chemistry professor Dr. Wesley Allen supplied five answers to the “Why” did sustained scientific development occur first in the Christian environment? I’ll just list No. 4, a short answer. “If Christianity is true, mankind, formed in the image of God, can discover order in the universe by rational interpretation. That is, the codes of nature can be unveiled and read. Without such faith, science might never have developed, because it might have appeared impossible in principle.”
That is great stuff, and it’s no wonder it provoked a spoof. Okay, let’s return to today’s letter:
As 98-year-old Dr. Ernst Mayer, 1958 winner of the Darwin Gold Medal, so clearly states on page 99 of his book “What Evolution Is,” published in 2002: “Some genes affect the segregation of alleles during meiosis in a heterozygote such that the allele of one parental chromosome goes to the gametes in more than half of the instances. If this allele controls the unfit phenotype, it will be selected.”
Insight such as that doesn’t come from the Muslim, pagan, or animist mind.
Come on now … that’s funny! The letter continues:
While we Christians — and Jews were kind of like Christians in early times — have spent the past 6,000 years developing geometry, philosophy, medicine and literature, the non-Christian world sat back and reaped the benefits of our superior grasp of the nature of science.
We love this guy! Here’s more:
Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton and Michael Faraday didn’t seek the scientific groundwork laid in Egypt and Greece. Heck, those early so-called scholars couldn’t even speak English. These great Christian scientists referred to the Bible in preparing themselves to advance our knowledge of the nature of things.
The tragedy is that many of the newspaper’s readers will think this letter is serious. Here’s the last paragraph:
We know from numerous passages in the Bible that the Earth is the center of the universe. Frauds like Copernicus and Galileo were exposed by the Pope. When theories are at odds with Christian teachings, those theories are wrong. That’s the way it’s been for 6,000 years.
We’ve only seen a few comments at the newspaper so far. Almost all of them are befuddled. This letter is the greatest!
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