Today’s letter-to-the-editor — two letters, actually — appear in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. For our American readers who may be geographically challenged, that’s an island nation in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Today’s two letters were both written in response to one by Richard Dickenson which appeared in that newspaper a few days ago: Religion is Darwinism. It’s an anti-religious rant, but a fun read if you like that sort of thing, and it seems that Dickenson stirred things up on the island.
The first of today’s responses is titled Darwinism is itself a religion. It’s written by Father Nichalas, described as: “Priest of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, residing in Cyprus.” Here are a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis:
[Dickenson] states that religions in general follow the theories of Darwinian Evolution. … In fact the article seems to be more of a polemical treatise written by the adherent of one religion who seeks to attack the beliefs of another religion.
You know where this is going, don’t you? Here’s more:
This is because Darwin’s theories on evolution and the origins of life being caused by natural selection have in fact become a religion for many people. Darwin’s theory is in fact a theory, it is not a fact.
Hey — two goodies in one paragraph: (1) evolution is a religion; and (2) it’s only a theory. Father Nichalas has a firm grip on things. Let’s read on:
When people such as this author dogmatically hold on to Darwin’s theories without having any scientific proof to back them up, meaning repeatable experiments, they show their true colors. They are themselves “priests of a religion” who seek to usurp power and gain more adherents for their religion. All this being done at the expense of Truth.
It must be difficult for Father Nichalas. With Cyprus located so close to Turkey, Greece, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, etc., and Rome not all that far away, he’s got plenty of competition. He doesn’t need those pesky “Darwinists” moving in on his turf. Anyway, what we just quoted is only a hint of what’s to come in his letter — and it’s all more of the same. We’ll jump to the end, which is somewhat interesting:
… God’s Will and actions are crucial to the existence of the universe and the origins of life within it. Therefore it is possible that there exists only one place in the universe with life, and thus only one place that His Son had to be sent to in order to provide the help necessary for life to continue to exist there. This of course is also a belief and has not been proven by any scientific experimentation, but I have Faith that it is true, and am also willing to admit the lack of evidence. I hope one day that the adherents of the religion centered on Darwin’s theories will one day be able to admit the same.
Very nice. A tad ignorant, but we enjoyed it. Now we turn to the second letter that was inspired by Dickenson’s earlier writing. This one is Why are our heads not coconut-sized then? Here we go:
The scientists you depend on, that jumped onto Mr Darwin’s bandwagon, are now rushing to leap off before the currently-increasing overwhelming scientific evidence against them will make them a laughing stock because ape and human chromosomes’ may be 98 per cent identical but still do not allow for the evolution theory.
Good, huh? There’s only one paragraph left, but we’re going to break it down into three parts so you can fully appreciate it:
Darwin should have been asked to explain why had primitive men needed, and nature provided such a powerful human brain?
Darwin was always polite, so he would never have replied to the letter-writer as we do now: “In some rather obvious cases, the human brain isn’t very powerful at all.” Here’s more:
Why has his theory of ‘what we don’t use we lose’, did not apply to us that are lumbered with carrying around an unnecessary 90 per cent worth of brain matter.
Use it or lose it — that was Darwin’s theory? Egad — we have a lot of catching up to do. Here’s the letter’s stunning conclusion:
Surely we could have evolved to have a coconut sized heads?
We can’t respond to that. What we can say is that we’ve enjoyed our Curmudgeonly visit to Cyprus. We had no idea it was such a fun place.
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