Today’s second letter-to-the-editor appears at the website of Canada Free Press, the Canadian equivalent of WorldNetDaily, and it’s titled The Twenty First Century – Enter at Your own Risk. As you will see, the title has no relevance to the content.
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. Michael Bresciani. He’s described as “a Christian author and a columnist for several online conservative and Christian news and commentary sites,” but all we need to know about him is that his work is published by Canada Free Press. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter (or column, or whatever it is), enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
After reading the reviews, publishing some on our website and finally taking the time to listen to every word and nuance of the debate between creationist Ken Ham and Bill Nye the science guy. The idea of rating one against the other to determine who won the debate fell away like snow in July. After hearing only one single answer from Bill Nye and Ken Ham’s follow-up reply the abject spiritual poverty of modern man became perfectly evident – it was blaring.
Wow — he listened to “every word and nuance of the debate” and there was one exchange that tells the whole story. What was that one crucial answer from Nye and Hambo’s follow up? We’re told:
Nye offered one of the worst explanations of entropy, sometimes called the second law of thermodynamics, ever heard. It was as if he was espousing the idea that the law, which states that everything in the universe is decaying, could be overcome simply by the warm glow of the sun.
The second law of thermodynamics? For a discussion of that in the creationist context, TalkOrigins has a whole section on it: Thermodynamics, Evolution and Creationism. Let’s return to the rev’s letter:
We almost expected someone, anyone, to stop the debate long enough to remind Nye that the sun is also subject to the second law, it, too, is slowly burning up and will someday be gone altogether. But Nye’s mesmerizeation with science magic could not be de-lustered.
Hey — he’s right! The sun is “burning up” — BWAHAHAHAHAHA! — and one day it’s going to die. That demolishes Nye’s “mesmerizeation with science magic”! The rev continues:
Following the flowery notion that simple sunshine could overcome entropy and produce complexity, including inter species evolution, Nye went on to praise technology.
Technology? Yuk! It’s godless, so who needs it? Here’s more:
It was another version of, ‘It’s not the destination that counts – but it’s the journey that matters.’ He repeated the phrase about science being all about the “joy of discovery” several times over as if it was both the cause and the justifiable end to all scientific pursuit. We almost expected him to say that we scientist actually do care about finally answering the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg.
That was too profound for us, so we have no comment. Moving along:
Nye’s aura, halo and his momentary golden glowing naiveté was shattered like the switching off of a giant floodlight when Ham replied; “What good is all the joy of discovery when after that you are dead and your life is forgotten.” In so many words, Ham went on to ask – what is the purpose of any discovery – if man is destined to annihilation and non-existence.
Hambo was right! What’s the point of knowing stuff? We’re all gonna die! We should spend every moment thinking about that. Another excerpt:
We saw two men, one proclaiming that discovering how everything is made is far more important that acknowledging who made it. The other man was saying that the fascination and the useful result of discovery are wonderful and indeed important, but second only to knowing who to thank.
Yes, it’s all about “knowing who to thank.” On with the rev’s letter:
As an old man often found in the company of other old men and women it is impossible to agree with a philosophy that says playing around with how things are made takes precedence over why they were made. I submit that no man who approaches the fullness of the time allotted to him can escape seriously pondering this simple but profound proclamation. It is a piece of wisdom, a clarion call from the Living God to stop looking around and take a serious moment to look up.
Th rev knows what’s important. Then there a few paragraphs of scripture, after which the rev concludes with this:
Indeed it isn’t a matter of who can win this debate. After considering the broad expanse of the matter we refer to as eternity – there simply is no contest.
No doubt about it — according to the rev, Nye lost the debate because … well, because he’s lost. The man is a fool! It never was a real contest.
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