Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website NJ.com, the online home for several New Jersey newspapers. It may be a column and not a letter, but we’ll treat it as if it were a letter because it seems to fit the type. The thing is titled How Christmas supports Intelligent Design.
This is so goofy and incoherent that we’ll give you fewer excerpts than usual, but they’ll be 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:
Now that Christmas has come and gone, and some folks have a few days off until New Year’s, perhaps we have time to leisurely consider the real meaning of Christmas.
Please, not that. We’ve already seen enough sermons. Ah, things suddenly look promising:
I’m talking, of course, about how Christmas supports both Intelligent Design and Creation Science.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This is going to be good. Let’s read on … but we’re going to skip several paragraphs about the “true” meaning of Christmas, ending with:
As the biblical text says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Let’s try, just for a moment, to wrap our minds around this utterly astonishing assertion.
We’re trying. Skipping some more sermon-like material, we get to the good stuff:
How does all this relate to Intelligent Design? From a scientific perspective, supporters of Intelligent Design remind us that there are no repeatable examples in nature of random chance producing highly complex structures. They point out that outside intelligence is always required to produce such complex structures.
Yes, so they say. And yet, hurricanes are complex structures, but somehow we see them every year. Planetary systems are also complex structures, but the galaxy seems to have a lot of them. Galaxies are complex too, and there are billions of those. Anyway, the letter continues:
For biblical believers, the identity of that intelligent designer is pretty clear: the God of the Bible. As we are reminded by the world around us, that Creator has intervened in the world in a remarkable way.
That’s true. And that’s precisely why it’s so devilishly difficult to treat the subject as a science. Here’s more:
Now, if the biblical account of Christmas is to be believed, God intervened in humanity in a still more astonishing way. Without letting go of his divinity, God, in the person of Jesus Christ, became a human being. The same God who created the Earth, the Sun, the farthest stars and who invented whales, sunflowers and people, took on flesh and became that infant human being in first-century Palestine.
Wow. That utterly boggles the mind.
It does indeed. Moving along:
As remarkable as the Genesis creation account is, what happened there is small potatoes compared to what happened in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. Of course God created the world. Pretty impressive, but that’s what you might expect God to do. (That is, unless you believe we’re all just the product of chance.) God is the creator, after all.
Where is the letter-writer going with this mess? Hang on, it’s coming. But first we have to skip some more sermon stuff. The stunning revelation is in the final paragraph:
If we truly believe and understand the implications of the Christmas story, we then start to understand the astonishing assertion that God intervened in the world by becoming a human being. After that, it’s pretty straightforward to believe that God supernaturally intervened to create the world.
Aha! Now we understand. If you believe in Christmas, you should have no problem at all believing in creationism. In for a penny, in for a pound, and vice versa.
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