Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Rockdale Citizen of Rockdale County, Georgia, and it’s titled Read Genesis carefully before dismissing the creation story.
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 is quite an exception. This is the third time we’ve featured a letter from John Pearrell, pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington, Georgia. The church’s website says they’re affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The first of the rev’s letters was here: Creationist Wisdom #322: The Preacher, and the second was #350: The Preacher Returns.
We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s latest letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
He begins by mentioning the Nye-Ham debate, and the fact that many of us though Nye shouldn’t do it because such debates always give creationism a platform and the false appearance of having something worth saying about science. Regarding that, the Rev says:
Personally, I don’t think it’s the fear of legitimacy they are worried about, I think it’s the fear of the reality of evolutionary scientific theory being revealed for what it really is — a theory and not a hard science.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We love this guy! Then he tells us:
Many Christians today think that the first three chapters are religious myth that contain a core of truth but should not be understood literally. They hold that these words written by Moses were ancient men trying to explain the visible universe before science came to the rescue. You may believe that, but I don’t.
The rev explains why he doesn’t believe Genesis is myth:
Here’s something you probably didn’t know — Moses is the editor of the entire Genesis account, not the author. Moses did research and compiled ancient writings that existed in his day to give us this first book of the Bible. Bet you didn’t know that.
The rev is correct, we didn’t know that. Let’s read on:
What we read about the creation account comes from the pen of Adam. The guy who was there when it all took place is the guy who wrote about it. Moses copied it and put it into the form we have it today. Everything from Genesis 1:1 to 5:1 we learn is the written account of Adam.
Wow! That’s amazing! The rev continues:
Genesis 5:2-6:9, the story of the flood, that’s the written account of Noah, the guy who experienced it. Genesis 6:9b-11:10a is the written account of Noah’s son Shem, from flood to the Tower of Babel, where mankind was dispersed throughout the earth by the confusion of languages.
Is your Curmudgeon alone in thinking that we’ve entered the Twilight Zone? Here’s more:
These writings [and a couple more we skipped] would have been in the library of Egypt where Moses, while the prince of Egypt used them as his sources for compiling our book of Genesis. Moses was an early historian utilizing the resources he had at his disposal; he was not a storyteller making up the Genesis account.
Oh. Those first-hand accounts were in the library. What library? Is the rev thinking about the library of Alexandria? That city was founded by Alexander, and the library was founded by a Greek dynasty a few generations later, just a wee bit after the time of Moses. Ah well, moving along:
Now, you may not agree with what I have written, and that’s OK. But this is fascinating stuff; you ought to at least check it out before you just dismiss it. Better yet, read the Genesis account and then go online and see some of the scientific evidence that exists for Creation. You can find that at sites such as Answers In Genesis and Creation Research Institute.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, read about the evidence at ol’ Hambo’s website. And now we come to the end:
In this area of origins and of the Bible in general, the subject is too important just to dismiss because some teacher or some professor or some guy in a white lab coat told you you can’t believe it. Perhaps you believe that none of these people, not the educator, and certainly not the scientist, would ever lie to you. If you believe that, please contact me: I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’m willing to let go of at a reasonable price.
Keep the bridge, rev. It belongs with your collection of Genesis manuscripts by Adam and Noah. You don’t want to break up the set. And thanks for the letter!
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