Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Kitsap Sun of Bremerton, Washington, the largest city on the Kitsap Peninsula. The letter is titled Nye and Ham reveal truth, wisdom they will never discover alone.
We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. But today’s letter-writer is a preacher — Rev. Patrick Sloneker. He’s described as: “pastor of the churches of Immaculate Conception, Botkins; St. Joseph, Wapakoneta; and St. Lawrence, Rhine.” We’ll give you a few excerpts from his latest, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
So who won the debate? You know, just over two weeks ago, on Feb. 4, the debate between Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and Ken Ham who is the major personality behind The Creation Museum in northern Kentucky. Even though I am not a creationist, I think Ken Ham won, hands down.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Why does the rev think that? He tells us:
Nye offered a number of points to prove evolution and disprove creationism. Nothing earth-shattering. However, his most important point is that he is fearful that those who interpret the Bible literally will dumb-down humanity. He is worried that, if creationists win the day, there won’t be any scientists out there, no engineers to continue the advance of humanity.
No, rev. Nye wasn’t trying to “prove” evolution. What he did was show that the theory of evolution is a far better explanation of observable reality than creationism. And Nye is entirely correct in saying that creationism has a dumbing-down effect. Let’s read on:
What Nye failed to acknowledge, which Ham proved, scientifically even, is that plenty of creationists are outstanding scientists. They use the scientific method every day, allowing humanity to advance wonderfully. Therefore, in terms of the debate, Nye’s most significant concern holds no water, a bucket shot with holes.
Aaaargh!! Here, we must repeat something we said recently:
For the zillionth time, a creationist can function in the world — but he has to ignore his magical alternate reality to do so. In his lucid moments, he can change a light bulb, play the piano, and practice dentistry. He can build a creation museum and run a creationist website. He can also (somehow) plod through school and get a genuine science degree. He can even invent the MRI machine. But except for preaching, he can’t do squat with the concept of six day creation or a recent global Flood. No one can. No one ever has. No one ever will.
The rev continues, and it doesn’t get any better:
While Ham offered some observations that might prove the literal truth of the creation story in Genesis and disprove evolutionary theory, again nothing all that noteworthy. What he did do was unearth a distinction that is a new evolution, even for evolutionists: that there is an important difference between traditional “observational science” and the “historical science,” which evolutionists do.
Ham exposed the ignorance that evolutionists offer in thinking that what they are doing is free of interpretation, preconception or faith, even as they belittle creationists for the same. Far from unadulterated, proven observations, which science is supposed to be, scientists who study evolution are putting great faith (read, their own religion) into their theory about how things evolved.
Aaaargh!! How much longer can we go on? Not much, but here’s more:
Of course, there is in no way to prove an unbroken fossil record of transitions, for example, from species to species. Ham hit a home run to say scientists profess a faith of their own, a faith that is the only game in town when it comes to our nation’s textbooks. Creationists simply want the same billing for their faith.
Aaaargh!! This thing just keeps getting worse. Another excerpt:
For me, I’m glad I’m a Catholic. … We appreciate scientists for the truths that they uncover. At the same time, they better admit they are going beyond traditional science when they profess evolutionary theory. In fact, current scientific theory itself points to a creation event, a “god particle” and one couple as the genesis for human life.
He’s right — science points to Genesis! It’s so obvious! But then the rev explains why science is nevertheless a failure:
Unfortunately, science does not tell us who we truly ought to be and what we truly ought to do with what science unlocks the way the Christian faith can.
Yes, science is woefully defective, because all it does is describe what reality is and how it works. It’s up to us to figure out that we shouldn’t leap off the roof — because if we do, the consequences will be messy. Okay, this has gone on long enough. The rev’s letter is far too mind-bending, even for your Curmudgeon, so we’ll skip to the end:
Thanks to Bill Nye and Ken Ham. Taken together, they reveal truth and wisdom that they will never discover alone.
Ham and Nye, together, have revealed The Truth™. Now you know.
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