Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Newton Citizen of Newton County, Georgia (population 62,000). The letter is titled Bible is proof enough for the Creation account. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis.
Although we usually omit the writer’s name and city, we’ll make an exception here because the letter-writer is known in his community. At the end of the article it says: “Dr. John Pearrell is pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington.” This is the church’s website. Okay, here comes the rev’s letter:
Have you noticed the ridicule being leveled at Christians who believe in the Creation account?
Yes, now that you mention it, we have noticed that. The rev continues:
I’ve seen cartoons on the funny pages making homeschoolers out to be utter fools. I’ve seen editorial cartoons drawn in such a way that it depicts people of faith as inbred morons who probably aren’t smart enough to tie their shoes, and that’s why they don’t believe in evolution.
We’ve seen that too. Let’s read on:
On a more serious note, we read about distinguished college professors who have lost their tenure and their jobs when they expressed any doubts regarding Darwinian evolution.
In fact, as we garner more and more scientific information, we are in fact discovering more and more the implausibility of the Darwinian model, the prevailing model today being punctuated equilibrium theory rather than the gradual change of Darwin.
Where is the rev getting his scientific information — creationist websites? As for Punctuated equilibrium, there seems to be evidence that it sometimes occurs, but it’s not replacing the concept of gradual evolutionary change. Even if it did, it’s still evolution, so that wouldn’t help the creationists. Here’s more:
When it comes to this area of beginnings, I have chosen to believe the account of the person there (Adam), rather than the scientists who weren’t there, but are trying to explain what they think might have happened.
He believes Adam’s personal account? There is such a thing? Okay. Moving along:
Naturally, I know that having made that last statement that some reading this will have concluded that I’m a simpleton. I mean, we know evolution is true. We have scientific proof.
First off, the problem is we don’t have scientific proof for evolution; we have theories of evolution. Talk to the evolutionists themselves and you realize this.
There’s no “proof” of any scientific theory, but we have tons of evidence. However, the rev has Adam, so whatcha gonna do? We’ll skip over his dismissal of the Lucy fossil and the the geological column. Hey, he tells us this:
In the real world, you have complex creatures below many of the simplest creatures they are purported to have evolved from.
Yowie — he must have found the Precambrian rabbit. Another excerpt:
What we have in Genesis is the written account of the first man, Adam. Genesis 5:1 tells us that, “This is the written account of Adam.” That is, everything from Genesis 1:1 to 5:1.
How very strange. In our copy (King James version, of course), Genesis 5:1 says:
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
We’re confused, but we won’t press the issue. The letter-writer is a preacher and we’ve never studied theology, so we’re not qualified to debate the meaning of scripture. On with the letter:
Maybe I am a simpleton, but I prefer to believe the account of the eyewitness who was there rather than the speculations of people who were not there.
Your Curmudgeon, always a gentleman, will not be judgmental here. If the rev’s got a witness, well then, okay. But if we recall our Sunday school lessons correctly, Adam was quite the sinner. Perhaps he’s not a reliable witness. Anyway, now we come to the end:
If there is a Creator and if the record we call the Bible is true, one day I will face Him and give an account of myself. If there is not a Creator and I am wrong, I really don’t think I’ve lost anything, have I?
Classy finish. It’s Pascal’s Wager. The rev is a gambling man.
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