Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website of the Alabama Media Group, which hosts several newspapers in Alabama, but we have no idea which one gets credit for this item. It’s titled Belief in intelligent design does not require denial of evolution. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis.
Because we don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians or otherwise in the public eye), we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. We will mention, however, that a quick search turned up a physician — a radiologist — with the same name and home town as the letter-writer. But that couldn’t be the same man. Or could it? We’ll leave that as a mystery. The letter speaks for itself. Okay, here we go:
Belief in intelligent design does not require acceptance of 5,000 years of existence or denial of evolution.
Yes, we know there are old-Earth creationists. The letter-writer then explains that he’s too smart to be one of those ignorant young-Earthers. He tells us:
If one reads the first chapter of Genesis with an open mind, one finds a fair description of both origin and evolution.
Ooooooooh! Evolution’s in there too! Let’s read on:
First a void and a mighty wind – not unlike a “big bang.”
Aaaargh!! He continues:
Then light, followed by water and then land.
Water before land. That’s absolutely logical. Here’s more:
Next comes vegetation on the land followed by animal life beginning in the sea and later on land and culminating in the development of us (considered to be the highest life form then and now despite what we regularly do to one another).
Ah yes — grass (and fruit trees) on day three, fish on day five. How could it be otherwise? We love this letter! Moving along:
If one considers that a day in the life of man could be a million or a billion years in the life of God, the writer of Genesis sounds not unlike Charles Darwin.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s one of the best lines ever. Another excerpt:
And the information in Genesis Chapter One was put together before they even knew that the world was round.
Yes, that is amazing. In fact the entire bible is written from the perspective that The Earth Is Flat. But even with that handicap, Genesis sounds like it could have been written by Darwin.
The letter ends on a condescending note, but given the letter-writer’s superior knowledge, who can blame him for this:
If we are, as the Book says, created in the image of God, we ought to begin to act a bit more like it.
Perhaps, dear reader, you should take the letter-writer’s advice and resolve that henceforth, you’ll start living up to that image.
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