Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Onalaska Holmen Courier Life, a weekly newspaper in West Salem, Wisconsin (population 4,837). The letter is titled God, not science, holds the answers. 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:
It was reported that scientists studying the Big Bang have concluded the universe is 80 million years older than previously thought. This caused me to open my Bible and read the creation account in Genesis.
A perfectly natural reaction. We mentioned that news before (Scientists find universe is 80 million years older), and it prompted our last post about a letter-to-the-editor (#317: Problem with Numbers). Today’s letter continues:
It was reported that the European Space Agency spent $900 million to supposedly uncover “a fundamental truth of the universe.” As a Christian, I don’t have to look under a microscope or through a telescope to uncover the secrets of the universe.
That’s one of the problems with science — it requires research and that can be expensive. Let’s read on:
I believe God created the world and everything in it in six 24-hour days, about 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. I believe that the world as we know it today is not a product of blind chaos and probability — God did it.
He’s right — that’s what the Good Book says. We continue:
A Readers Digest article from 1980 titled “How Astronomers Found God” had this quote in it — “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance, as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians, who have been sitting there for centuries.”
Reader’s Digest — that’s his source? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That quote comes from Robert Jastrow, a self-described agnostic, and it’s found in God and the Astronomers, published in 1978. The full quote, which is often used by creationists, refers to Jastrow’s despair at what he assumed was the impossibility of understanding the origin of the Big Bang. What he wrote was somewhat theistic, but not as flamingly so as the creationist would have us believe. This is the full paragraph, and the part not quoted above is shown in red. Bear in mind that Jastrow is talking about the Big Bang, not the Garden of Eden:
At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.
Here’s the end of the letter:
Please read the first chapter of Genesis and see how the world really began.
That’s it, dear reader. It’s up to you now. Will you heed the letter-writer’s advice?
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