Creationist Wisdom #314: Teach Both Theories

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Yuma Sun of Yuma, Arizona. The letter is titled Both theories should be taught in schools. 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:

I agree with Mindy Torres’ letter that teachers should not be allowed to create their own agenda in teaching science. I also agree that science classrooms should be taught by facts and proof by an unbiased professional and not opinions.

We can’t find that earlier letter, but it doesn’t matter. So far, today’s letter-writer sounds reasonable. Stay with us, because that’s going to change:

In recent years, the big bang theory has been accepted by most scientists. This says the entire universe was created from nothing in a big explosion. Science has no answer for how anything can be created from nothing.

That means most scientists must be idiots. Oh, wait — the big bang theory doesn’t start with “nothing,” does it? Okay, let’s read on:

Science has come to a dead end trying to explain how inanimate material came to life. No scientist has been able to explain how living material, the brain, began to think or how it can think.

Science has come to a dead end? Really? That means we must turn to Oogity Boogity! No dead ends there! The letter continues:

There are many scientific puzzles that are unexplainable (such as these, DNA and others) discussed in “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Stroble.

He’s talking about this: The Case for a Creator. The book is mostly a bunch of interviews with Discoveroids. Here’s more from the letter:

According to Stroble, scientists are in three groups: A scientific answer will be found. It is a miracle. There must be an intelligent designer.

Three groups? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It looks like two groups to us. Moving along:

I believe that the Bible explains all of this. I believe science classes should be taught both the theory of evolution and the theory that a creator created it all. Also, I believe that the questions regarding the theory of evolution should be taught.

That’s what the letter-writer believes, so that’s what teachers should teach. And now we come to the end:

The fact is we have two theories, and neither can be proven as fact.

Uh, no. The fact is that we have one theory and a bunch of theology. Anyway, nice letter.

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4 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #314: Teach Both Theories

  1. How about teaching us what that alternative is?

    What happened, when and where? Why did things turn out as they did, rather than something else? How does this alternative function?

    I’ve never heard of an explanation for the complex, specified pattern of variations in the world of life (the tree of life) that didn’t involve common descent with modification. So somebody is falling down on the job of teaching the alternative.

    I’m beginning to think that the alternative is “Maybe there is something wrong with evolutionary biology. Please.”

  2. retiredsciguy

    Curmy, you do such a great job of highlighting the fallacies in all these “Creationist Wisdom” letters to editors that you should send a modified copy of your post to each editor yourself.

    No one does it better than you. Seriously.

  3. Mark Joseph

    I know of a book “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel. Any relation to the “Lee Stroble” that the highly edumucated letter writer mentioned?

  4. Mark, peopel like you are real troubel-makers.