Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Helena Independent Record of Helena, Montana. It’s titled Faith in evolution still faith. 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, in order to avoid unduly embarrassing sadly confused letter-writers, we waive that benevolent restraint when the author is out there in public and is already known. In this case the author is one “Brad Harrub, Ph.D.,” the head of something called Focus Press. Their website leaves no doubt that they’re yet another creationist outfit. They have this biographical page for the author, which says that he not only has degrees in biology, he also writes creationist books and teaches at a bible college. Okay, here we go:
Webster defines science as knowledge “based on facts learned through experiments and observation.” In a recent letter (Sept. 11), Michael Tresner opined that faith “in a word, it is nonsense.” And yet, when honestly evaluated, Mr. Tresner’s belief in evolution is built on faith.
We can’t find the letter he’s talking about, but it doesn’t matter. Wait ’til you see what’s coming:
He believes in a universe caused by the Big Bang, something that was not observed and cannot be experimented on. That doesn’t sound like it fits the definition of science. He is quick to shake his fist and assert that one who believes in God is doing so out of fear or weakness. Yet Tresner’s own beloved theory of evolution cannot explain the very existence of matter. From whence did the matter for the Big Bang come?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Evolution doesn’t explain the Big Bang. Let’s read on:
So let’s add this up: Tresner believes in a theory that cannot explain the existence of matter, yet we know matter exists. He believes in a Big Bang yet he can’t prove it happened or explain whom or what “pulled the trigger.” In addition, he cannot explain how the first living cell arose from non-living material.
Verily, evolution is a failure. The letter continues:
With one wave of the hand he dismisses a confirmed scientific law (The Law of Biogenesis which states “life only comes from other life”) in preference for a “theory” that demands spontaneous generation of — something scientists such as Louie Pasteur disproved centuries ago.
Louie Pasteur — BWAHAHAHAHAHA! For our earlier discussion of the fictional “Law of Biogenesis,” see Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Here’s more:
Add to this, that evolution cannot explain how we get rational from irrational. Tresner also cannot explain the design clearly observed in human body and the universe — because anytime we see design it demands there must be a designer. Additionally, he cannot explain how the first cell “self-assembled” when nature demonstrates things move towards a state of disorder. (One wonders how long the missing links will remain missing in this politically correct theory.)
Rational doesn’t come from irrational. Design (i.e., the appearance of design) demands a designer. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. Missing links. Today’s letter is a grand catalog of creationist wisdom. Moving along:
So why is Tresner so worked up about people seeing evidence for creationism? It is curious that someone who alleges there is no God would be so concerned and passionate that he doesn’t exist. Could it be he who is living in a state of fear and paranoia?
Fear and paranoia? Yes, that must be it. If you doubt that, read this next excerpt:
Is it possible that deep down Tresner himself recognizes the truth, that the evidence (e.g., archaeology, genetics, etc.) supports the existence of God? Is it possible he is struggling with an inner turmoil of how such massive complexity found in a cell can be relegated to simply “time and chance”?
And that brings us to the climactic end of the letter:
A belief in God is not a weakness or nonsense. For I’ve examined the evidence, and Mr. Tresner I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.
As we’ve said so often before, there’s no way to debate with people like this. There’s no reason to even talk to them. If you should find yourself in the presence of such a person — and they always make their presence known — just nod, smile, and get away as fast as you can.
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