Today’s letter-to-the-editor is unusual because it’s far more emotional than the others in our collection. It appears in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin of Walla Walla, Washington. The title is Cell structures of creatures must have had creator.
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 Donna. Here are a few excerpts from her letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, let’s go:
I grew up on a farm watching birds and animals come into being in the most amazing way. Presently my visits to the Aviary in Pioneer Park create an almost breathless astonishment as I contemplate the multitude of factors involved in the beauty and grace of its residents’ plumage and patterns of living.
That is sufficient biological background to enable Donna to express her opinion, and she does so:
Somehow I cannot bring myself to accept the theory that the cell structure of all these creatures occurred by happenstance over billions (trillions? quadrillions?) of years.
Trillions, quadrillions, it’s all the same to Donna. Let’s read on:
The “scientific evidence” supporting this dogma just doesn’t compute in a rational way when it undergoes the scrutiny of the microscopic details involved in the existence of a single cell.
Uh huh. Okay. She continues:
The need for the human race to do away with a creator god has come about simply because a disgruntled Christian, Charles Darwin, was taught and believed that a god of love would condemn creatures he had created in his own image to an ever burning hell when they died in a state of rejecting him.
Donna not only understands the failure of biology, she has a good grasp of theological history too. Atheism began with Darwin! Here’s more:
This teaching, based on Greek mythology and promoted for centuries by the majority of Christian denominations, has led mankind to believe and teach another myth — that there is no creator.
We’ll give Donna credit for some originality here. It’s true that hell and Hades are somewhat similar, but we haven’t heard that people are rejecting Christianity for that reason. Moving along:
Under these conditions the controversy becomes so sad one can no longer appreciate the intellectual challenges involved.
Donna is too saddened to appreciate the intellectual challenges. That explains the quality of her letter. And now we come to the end:
One finds oneself focusing instead on the tremendous loss suffered by those who so desperately cling to the theory of evolution in order to escape having to believe in a divine creator.
Donna understands you, dear reader. She knows why you desperately cling to evolution, and her melancholy letter tells us that she’s saddened by your loss.
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