Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Steve. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In following the recent debate in your newspaper about the theory of evolution, I’m struck by the fact the combatants can find no middle ground. The reality is nobody has proven evolution anymore than anyone has proven creation. They both are matters of faith.
The theory of evolution — like the big bang theory, the theory of relativity and many others — is simply guesswork. It is based on observation, limited testing and assumption. And just as there seems to be evidence that contradicts creationism, there are red flags to evolution that get conveniently ignored.
Lordy, lordy. The letter continues:
First and foremost is the coelacanth, the fossil fish found alive and well in 1939 off the coast of Africa after a supposed extinction 64 million years earlier. It was easily identifiable because it hadn’t changed in all that time.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Coelacanth is Steve’s best evidence against evolution! Well, we haven’t seen anyone use that before, so we’ll give him credit for originality. What’s his second-best evidence? Why are there still monkeys?
But he’s got it backwards. It’s not survival of an ancient species that disproves evolution (and today’s coelacanth has evolved from its fossilized ancestors, by the way). The theory doesn’t demand extinction. There are still bacteria, and sponges, and loads of other ancient animals that continue to exist. What would be killer evidence would be finding the fossil of a modern species that somehow existed long before it could have evolved — something like the legendary Precambrian rabbit.
But wait — he’s got more evidence. Let’s read on:
No human being has ever seen anything evolve anymore than they’ve witnessed creation. That doesn’t stop believers from speaking in absolutes. Many scientific theories are unproven and probably unprovable. Yet, like religion, those who even suggest this are beaten down from the bully pulpit.
No one’s ever seen evolution? What about Richard Lenski’s E. coli long-term evolution experiment? Steve sounds like he’s been “beaten down” quite a bit. We can’t imagine why. Here’s the end of his letter:
Evolutionists dismiss out of hand any seeming contradictions to their theory. This should not be part of the scientific method. Science is in flux, and tenets need to be refined or discarded to accommodate opposing facts.
If Steve’s best “opposing fact” is the coelacanth, it’s doubtful that evolution will be “redefined or discarded” in the near future. Nice letter, however.
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