Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver, and it’s titled Evolution is magical, medieval sorcery. Nice title! [Addendum: the link is dead. It seems the newspaper deleted the letter. But it lives on here in our blog.]
Although we usually omit the writer’s name and city, we make an exception for preachers. The author is John Martens, pastor at The Connection. This is his church’s website: The Connection. Here are a few excerpts from his letter (or column, or whatever it is), enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis:
Why do I believe in a Creator? Why don’t I just believe what I have been told by educators and entertainers? What’s wrong with adopting the conventional, well funded, and politically correct view that we all came from primates, then from lower forms of animals, then from slime in a pond somewhere?
Entertainers promote evolution? Maybe in British Columbia. The rev then says:
After all, a lot of smart people believe in evolution – and evolution does not require God. So why should I believe in God? Besides, who am I (how arrogant of me) to not agree with what is taught in the media, loved by Hollywood and defended by the academic elite?
The rev is clearly a man who thinks for himself. In fact, he brags about it, apparently unconcerned that this may be the sin of pridefulness:
I believe in a Creator for many reasons. For one, I’m not a ‘group-think’ kind of person. I don’t just go with the flow. I walk upstream. Put my face to the wind. Think for myself. But that often puts me at odds with the status quo. Secondly, I just see the whole idea that one form of life (dog, donkey, dinosaur) changing into another form as impossible, even if you give it millions and millions of years.
Smart man! His pride is well-deserved. Let’s read on:
“A long, long, long time ago … very slowly … with no known reason … dinosaurs transmogrified into chickens.” That is just too fantastical for me. It smacks of medieval sorcery. No one ever tells me how these animals change, just that they did. Magically. Although I love myths, magic and science fiction – for entertainment – I don’t want to base my life on such things.
No medieval sorcery or myths or magic for the rev! For him it’s Genesis all the way! He continues:
Then there is the whole issue of science. As we observe our world today, we discover certain principles or rules that seem to apply everywhere. We call these the laws of nature. The problem is that what we know about science – the laws devised from actually observing the universe – do not allow for the kind of evolutionary scenario that I mentioned above.
This guy has everything figured out. All your life you’ve been waiting for someone to come along who could put it all together like this, and now we’ve found him for you. Please pay close attention to the rev’s discussion of the laws of nature:
In mathematics, there is this thing called information theory. One of the tenants of the theory is that new information cannot come about by accident, but must always have an intelligent source. This is universally true. We have never seen an exception. But evolution wants us to believe that the vast amount of new information needed to create each new type of animal, just came out of nowhere. That’s not science. That’s Harry Potter.
The rev knows his information theory! He’s a little weak on genetics and organic chemistry, but who needs that when you’ve got information theory on your side? Here’s more:
Then there is this thing called entropy. You might have heard the word, but are not sure what it is. Entropy applies everywhere in the universe. The universe would not be the universe as we know it, were it not for entropy. In terms I can understand, entropy is this: “Given time, all systems go from order to disorder.” Actually, this is one of the few ways we can tell the direction of time’s arrow. Time makes things worse.
The only thing that has improved with time is the rev’s understanding of the world. He mentioned entropy as a way to determine time’s arrow. That’s a big subject and an interesting one. There are several “arrows” that indicate time’s direction — see Arrow of time. Your Curmudgeon prefers the sequence of cause and effect, but almost no one else does. That’s irrelevant, so let’s move along with the rev’s letter:
But according to evolution, over time, different life forms evolved and became more and more complex. It is almost as if evolution caused time to go backwards – but only for evolution. This sounds like a great fairy tale, but it makes for terrible science.
It’s difficult to argue with that. We can understand why the rev sticks with the bible. But wait — he has even more science on his side:
There are many other laws of mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and microbiology that also violate the very concept of evolution.
Yes, too many to enumerate, but merely mentioning that they exist is convincing nevertheless. Another excerpt:
So why do people still believe in evolution? There are various reasons. Some people just follow the media and the academic elite because they think that those people must be very smart. But many of these very smart people cling to evolution because they want the approval of their peers, and they think that God would cramp their lifestyle. So the myth lives on.
Admit it, dear reader. The rev has exposed your motives. Don’t you feel foolish now? Here’s the end:
But our belief system should not be based on what we would like to be true, or on what will make us popular, but on a relentless pursuit of the truth.
Verily, the rev is man for all seasons, a light in the darkness, an intellectual giant, an example for all generations, and we’ve run out such expressions. He may also be an example of the hazards of ingesting too much walrus blubber and going out in the arctic noon without taking precautions against snow-blindness.
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