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. Barret Vanlandingham of the Fort Gibson Church of Christ. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
The recent debate between atheist Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and creationist Ken Ham is a very good reminder for Christians to know why we believe what we believe.
Yes, the debate must have been thrilling for the rev. Skipping over a bible quote, we come to this:
I was surprised to hear Nye’s statement regarding the Genesis account of the flood, especially since he is known as “The Science Guy.” He insists that the Biblical flood is not rooted in historical fact. I find that to be strange considering the vast amounts of evidence in favor of a worldwide flood.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The rev is going to present his evidence for the Flood. But before we get to that, we’ll exercise our editorial prerogative and give you a link to our Top Ten Reasons Noah’s Flood is Mythology. Okay, let’s see some of the rev’s evidence:
For starters, every major culture around the world has reported a worldwide flood. Apologetics Press reports that most historians say there are at least 200 such legends.
Whoopee! How many cultures have legends of drought, famine, and other disasters? Does that mean they’re all about identical, global events? As for the numerous and obvious dissimilarities of various flood legends, see ICR: Even More Proof of the Flood. Let’s read on:
More evidence for a worldwide flood comes from an abundance of trilobite fossils. Trilobites were a small ocean-dwelling arthropod creature. They are thought to be extinct. … Their fossils have been found on every continent on Earth. They have been discovered in deserts, the Grand Canyon, and on mountaintops all over the world. I wonder how an ocean creature could wind up in all these places, especially on mountaintops? Hmm.
That’s one we haven’t seen before. It’s a good argument — assuming those fossils are all the same age, and also assuming the Earth is young and its geological features like mountains and oceans have always been stable. The rev continues:
Science says that for something to be believable, you have to be able to measure it and repeat the experiment. No one has ever witnessed or measured any evolution of one species becoming another. In fact, there is no fossil evidence that one species or animal ever became a different species.
Aaaargh!! Once again, we’ll link to our Common Creationist Claims Confuted (CCCC). The rev’s argument is in the section titled “Operational” science vs. “Historical” (origins) science.
Then he sloppily mentions the alleged lack of transitional fossils and he claims that those which have been found are frauds. That nonsense is also covered in our CCCC. Here’s more:
According to science’s own standards, the Big Bang Theory can’t even be true, because something cannot come from nothing. Therefore, something had to have always existed. Obviously, a Christian believes that the “something” is God.
This guy has proof up the wazoo! It must be crowded in there, because that’s also where he seems to keep — no, we don’t want to be disrespectful, so we’ll restrain ourselves. Moving along:
As for the speed of light … we don’t know how fast it goes in deep space. In fact, recently, lab experiments have shown that the speed of light is NOT constant.
Lordy, lordy. Here, dear reader, your Curmudgeon will depart from his long-standing practice. We won’t bother with a link to something that refutes the rev. It’s not worth our time or yours. Here’s his final paragraph, all in one dump:
Bottom line, the Big Bang Theory and Darwin’s theory of evolution and the Bible’s account of creation each requires faith. It is true that by scientific measurements, the universe might be billions of years old. But for me, I am going to side with the Bible’s account of creation, that it took six days to create everything fully mature, and that by the Bible’s timeline, about 6,000 years has passed since then. Have a great week!
And so, dear reader, with the addition of the rev’s inspiring letter, our collection has reached number 400. How much more can we endure?
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