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 John. We Googled around and found an accountant with the same name in Hawaii, but he’s probably not our letter-writer. We suspect that our man runs an employment agency in Oregon. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go!
In the cartoon, “An Age Old Argument,” (April 16, by Adam Zyglis) it is stated quite clearly that science has proved the earth is round (true), that gravity is real (true), that evolution is fact (false) and that global warming is real (opinion).
You can see a copy of that cartoon here: An Age Old Argument. It’s definitely worth a click to see it. In fact, you can’t appreciate today’s letter without it. Go on, we’ll wait. [*Curmudgeon waits*] Ready? Now we’ll return to the letter:
Readers should know that evolution has been scientifically discredited.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then he tells us why:
The DNA digital code and the DNA operating system just recently discovered prove that random chance evolution is mathematically impossible. It has also been shown that it is mathematically impossible for the amino acids that form DNA to have formed by evolutionary processes. Also, the principle of irreducible complexity has showed that the simplest form of life currently known could not have evolved.
That’s not worthy of even a jocular response. Let’s read on:
As a result, many serious scientists have abandoned evolution as a plausible explanation for the origin of life.
Yeah — origin of life. John continues:
Intelligent design theory has been shown as a more rational explanation given the observable and reproducible science available.
Yes — except that it isn’t rational, or observable, or reproducible. Here’s more:
Adam [the cartoonist] also shows his ignorant man holding a Bible. While the Bible is one plausible explanation of intelligent design and the origin of life, it is not the only theory.
Aaaargh!!. Biblical creation isn’t a scientific theory because it isn’t testable and it offers no coherent explanation for anything. Otherwise, yeah — it’s plausible. So is The Time Cube. Moving along:
I will note that the science and authenticity of the Bible have been scientifically proven to be more reliable than any other ancient historical writing.
Huh? The Iliad has far less misinformation. And it’s much better written. Another excerpt:
Ironically, Adam’s equating evolution with scientific fact shows that he has made himself the ignorant man noted in the cartoon instead of the man holding the Bible.
Ah yes — Tu quoque. “You’re calling me an idiot? Well I say you’re an idiot!” And now we come to the end:
Lastly, I ask why Adam devalued the Bible in the first place and why any editor would publish a cartoon that casts doubt on the Bible and what it teaches? The love of God would do all of us a world of good. I suggest reading the Bible, starting with the book of John.
Thanks for the advice, John, but we suggest you look at the cartoon again. It’s not about the bible, any more than it’s about measuring sticks, birds, or snowflakes — which were in the three other frames. It’s about misunderstanding things, John. You see — oh, never mind. Just keep writing letters. We enjoy them.
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