Creationist Wisdom #409: Where’s the Art?

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin of Walla Walla, Washington. The title is Where is artistic expression of evolution throughout history?

Ah, that’s the kind of letter we’re always looking for! We have an original argument for creationism, dear reader.

We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we’ll just use the letter-writer’s first name, which is Guillermo. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis.

Scientists, both creationists and materialists, extrapolate from the same body of evidence. That evidence is filtered through a priori divergent world views after which conclusions are reached.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, both kinds of scientists, “creationists and materialists,” use the same evidence. It’s just that creation scientists already know the answer — everything is the result of Oogity Boogity! Then we’re told:

To eliminate bias, the investigation must be refocused from “cause and effect.” What “effect” should exist if evolution theory is correct?

Guillermo doesn’t like “cause and effect”? Whatever his gripe may be, he seems not to consider that creationism should also be tested according to its predicted effects, but it never is. Let’s read on:

A basic tenet of evolutionary theory is “uniformitarianism.” It posits that the past can be reconstructed by observing the present, which then serves as a preservative echo of the past. Does evolution meet this uniformitarian standard?

Yes, it does, at least as far as we know. But Guillermo proposes a new test that evolution doesn’t pass. No one has ever done this before, so pay attention, as the letter continues:

If evolution is true, it is responsible for man’s compulsion to celebrate via art. Thus, there should have been an explosion of artistic expression manifested with regard to evolution during the past 150 years, right?

Uh, no, not necessarily. But we haven’t noticed any decrease in artistic activity in the last 150 years. Here’s more:

So, where are the masterful works of art celebrating evolution? Where are the magnificent musical compositions honoring this icon of existence? Where are the great works of literature inspired by this material deity? Whence the arias and sonnets and verse?

Wow — he’s right! Nor are there works of art celebrating the theory of relativity. There is much here to think about. Moving along:

Why is the “epic scientific tome” of this failed prophet not even required reading, today? Could it be due to its embarrassing ineptitude and subsequent falsification by modern science?

We assume he’s taking about Darwin’s Origin of Species. And now we come to the end:

In over 35 years of intense scholarly research into the claims of evolution theory, only the artistic expressions I’ve seen or heard, were the tortured screams of Nietzsche as he descended into madness and his resultant suicide as he pondered the inherent nihilism of evolutionary theory. I think that says it all.

He’s been doing research for 35 years and all he’s come up with is Nietzsche? He died in 1900, and never accepted Darwin’s theory — see Nietzsche’s Aesthetic Critique of Darwin.

Well, if we’ve going to satisfy Guillermo, one of you will have to write a symphony of evolution.

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14 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #409: Where’s the Art?

  1. Good choice, Cardinal Janis. I’ll be humming that for the rest of the day. 🙂

    But otherwise there is absolutely no art aside from the 300 million hits I get when I Google “Evolution” and “Art”.

  2. Or, more broadly:

  3. Egad . . . .I have a pretty extensive music library, but I can’t find any works honoring plane geometry, or algebra, or nuclear fusion, or . . .

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    I was thinking the Cosmos series (old and new).

  5. Uh, pretty much any modern CGI Dinosaur documentary (including the kids show Dinosaur Train) is a “work of art” that celebrates evolution. Heck, so is Jurassic Park itself.

  6. I wrote the following in 1991 and sadly, it is still relevant today.

  7. Doesn’t the unfinisher Universe Symphony of Charles Ives (“The Father of American Music”) have an entire section devoted to the evolution of life on earth?

  8. “Where are the magnificent musical compositions honoring this icon of existence?”
    Seek and you shall find:

    As for relativity try this:

  9. This letter is so wacky, I wonder if it’s a poe. It must really make the Discotuters cringe to read letters like this!

  10. As Christine has cited TMBG already, I will add to that “My Brother the Ape” and “Science is Real.” The latter expression of heresy drove IDer Cornelius Hunter to claim TMBG were just satirizing positivism and scientism. Surely, no one would really believe science is real!

  11. Richard Bond

    Some writing on evolution can stand on its own as literature. Darwin himself is a prime example. Another who comes to mind is Richard Fortey: I am in the middle of reading The Earth: an Intimate History for about the fourth or fifth time. And while it might not have much to do with evolution, Maurits Escher’s work was strongly influenced by maths.

  12. Richard Bond says: “Some writing on evolution can stand on its own as literature.”

    Yes. Surely the Tarzan novels would qualify.