The letter-writer is a preacher — Rev. Barret Vanlandingham of the Fort Gibson Church of Christ. If his name seems familiar, it’s because we recently wrote about one of his letters to that newspaper — see Creationist Wisdom #400: Preacher with Proof.
We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s latest letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. To make the rev’s text even more readable than it already is, we’ll omit his scriptural citations. Here we go:
Every day we see evidence of God’s power and ancient plan for the inhabitants of earth, still in effect today after 6,000 years of recorded history, right down to how animals continue to reproduce after their own kinds. It is interesting that the phrase “according to their own kinds” is mentioned at least seven times in the Genesis creation story in reference to animal reproduction.
Wow — it’s mentioned seven times! The first time we encountered that kind of argument was here: WorldNetDaily: Thomas Jefferson, Theocrat, where we named it Arithmetical Theology. Then the rev tells us:
After that, God created man and woman, and told them to be fruitful and increase in number, and to rule over all the animals God had created that were also to reproduce after their own kinds. There is nothing to indicate God caused or even allowed one animal species to evolve from a different species. That statement is also true of humans.
The rev claims that there’s no mention of evolution in scripture, so according to the principles of Arithmetical Theology, evolution scores a big fat zero, and that’s all we need to know. But wait — we’ve previously pointed out a couple of evolution-friendly passages — see Is Evolution in the Bible?, and also Is Evolution in the Bible? (Part 2). Now we’re confused, so we return to the rev for guidance. Let’s read on:
Scientific proof would have to agree with that today as well since there is still no evidence, fossil or otherwise, that one species has ever evolved into another. ALL scientific evidence is consistent with a Biblical view of how we all got here.
The rev made that same “no evidence” claim in his earlier letter, and we referred you to our Common Creationist Claims Confuted (CCCC) where claims such as that are debunked. There’s no need to repeat ourselves, so we’ll continue with his letter:
I say this because there have been [no?] witnesses, no tests and certainly no repeatable tests that can prove the Big Bang Theory of how the universe supposedly began 13.8 billion years ago, or the Theory of Evolution (how Charles Darwin believed life began).
Hey, Rev: Darwin’s theory of evolution isn’t about the Big Bang or the origin of life. But you’re right, rev — we can’t re-create the universe in the lab. Here’s more:
The reason a “missing link” or “ape-man” set of bones or even a fossil of one has never been found is because there isn’t one. That’s why science calls it the “missing link.”
Aaaargh!! The rev has found our weak spot. We were so desperate to find the missing link that we fraudulently fabricated Piltdown Man. That fiasco was so embarrassing that to conceal it, we’ve stopped talking about the Theory of the Missing Link. It now exists only in creationist literature. [*End creationist fantasy mode*] For a more rational treatment of the missing link, see Piltdown Man: The Creationists’ Savior. As we always do, we’ll link to Wikipedia’s List of transitional fossils, and we’ll add their List of human evolution fossils.
Then the rev refers to that recent public opinion poll that we wrote about here: New Opinion Poll on Evolution, Big Bang, etc., about which he says:
An Associated Press survey in March of more than a thousand adults reveals that when it comes to the theory of evolution, Americans are only somewhat confident (24 percent), or not too confident (16 percent), or not at all confident (27 percent). … To this, I would add that since something cannot come from nothing, something would have always had to exist. That “something” is God. Have a great week!
That’s how the letter ends. What can we say? The rev seems supremely confident that his thinking is correct, and the public is with him. The public is always right when it comes to science, so that settles the matter. Think about it, dear reader — while there’s still time.
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