We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), but today’s letter-writer is Judd Rumley. He’s the lead pastor at Eagle Bible Church. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis.
It appears that the rev is responding to an earlier letter or column that said teaching creationism to children is child abuse. He says that’s nonsense, and then he illustrates the concept of nonsense with a deliberately nonsensical paragraph. He didn’t have to do that, because we have the rest of his letter to use as an example. Okay, skipping his intentional nonsense, here we go:
Teaching your children about creation is not on par with child abuse. It is a reasonable approach to the origin of life.
Implied in the thought was don’t teach creation to children. Teach only evolution. Wouldn’t cultivating critical thinking mean teaching both evolution and creation and then let the children think seriously about the positions?
Of course, rev. And the kiddies should be taught flat Earth too. That’ll really help them think. Now the rev tackles another aspect of the problem:
Wait a second, someone may say, my view of evolution is fact, and yours is faith, Mr. Pastor. Be careful of saying yours is fact and not faith. You were not there at the beginning. You do not know for sure. You have to build a reasonable case. We are all to some degree products of the people who taught us and the books we read. You “believe by faith” in Darwinism. Which I believe is unreasonable.
Even after we’ve been through more than 400 of these letters, this one is an amazing experience. But we’re having fun, so let’s read on:
Why? I could give you quote after quote of Intelligent Design scientists and you would give me quote after quote after quote of evolutionary scientists. But that would get us nowhere real fast. I have my guys you have yours. So let’s just think about this logically.
The rev is absolutely innocent of the concept of evidence. He only knows authority, and he’s got his to counter yours. Since dueling authorities is a waste of time, he switches to what he regards as a logical argument:
Option 1, the universe has always been (and if that’s the case there’s no need for a creator). This view is debated in science. Certain laws of physics make this seem unreasonable. Option 2, the universe created itself (again, no need for God — it brought itself into existence). This view is defeated by logic. Everything that exists has a cause. Babies have parents. Houses have builders. The universe and humans exist. It couldn’t create itself. Finally, Option 3, the universe was created by someone or something outside of itself, i.e., God. This seems to be the most reasonable.
You can ponder the logic in that paragraph if you like. We won’t. Here’s more from the rev:
Could it have involved microevolution at certain times and on small levels? Sure. But the cosmological order of the universe demands a designer.
Imagine trying to converse with this guy. No, it’s better not to think about it. The rev continues:
Look out your window at the world and you will see there is order and design to most everything. Do you know how many muscles it takes to walk? Google it. And walking serves a purpose. So we could say the powerful creator was an intelligent designer. This is where science fits in. Science seeks to understand the design of the created world.
So that’s what science is all about! We’re glad to clear that up. Here’s another excerpt:
I do not have the faith to be an atheist or an evolutionist. They are unreasonable. Does that mean I punt science in the name of the Bible? No, I see science proving over and over again an intelligent designer who created the world good and with purpose.
Yeah, over and over again. Here’s the last line:
And that is what I will continue to teach my unabused children.
We don’t know what to say about this letter. We don’t have to say anything, really. It speaks for itself.
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