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 James. All we can find out about him is that he writes a lot of letters. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his latest letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In my eighty years I have observed God’s creation and distilled from that experience what truths my aging brain allows. I call one of these truths, the ladder of existence. The ladder represents an upward progression of objects in creation, each enjoying a greater ability than the entity on the rung below.
The “ladder of existence.” This is going to be good! James tells us:
Consider a rock on the lowest step. The rock’s claim to fame is it exists. A flower on the rung above is superior to the rock in that it exists, as the rock does, but in addition it can reproduce. An animal on the third rung is superior to the rock and flower in that it exists as the rock, can reproduce as the flower in addition it has brain function and locomotion.
Wow — this guy’s letter is loaded with wisdom! He hasn’t wasted his eighty years. Let’s read on:
Above all of these is humanity. Man exist[s] as a rock, can reproduce as the flower, has brain function and locomotion as the animal in addition he has reason, knowledge of this creator, communication, love, music, science, hope, faith, charity, philosophy as well as other gifts.
Verily, we are at the top rung of the ladder of existence. James continues:
I believe the proposal that humanity evolved from an ape via a still missing link is absurd. To accomplish this metamorphosis an ape which does not have the attributes making humans human must pass them to its offspring. A thing cannot give what it does not have. A concept so basic it embarrasses me to mention it.
“A thing cannot give what it does not have.” Remember that, dear reader: Here’s more:
Apparently, it does not embarrass evolutionists. Their theory is rooted in just that happening. Evolution, for this reason, is a faith based belief and is more a religion than a science.
Aha! Well, dear reader — don’t you feel silly, now that James has exposed the flaw in your thinking? Moving along:
Natural selection ignores a flood of questions fathered by the theory. Such as, why is their only movement up the ladder of existence? Why cannot other rung occupants enjoy movement? Why cannot a flower acquire the talents of an animal and become an ape? Why cannot other animals become human?
Great questions! Why can’t a flower become an animal? Not only that, but his question works in both directions. Get this:
Would it not be simpler for those who enjoy an elevated talent level to cast those talents off and move down the ladder? Why cannot a flower lose its ability to reproduce and become a rock or a human trash his humanity and become an ape?
Some people do slip down that ladder — we call them creationists. And now we come to the end:
Those involved in the search for a missing link will be at the task for quite a while. Their efforts would be better served providing answers to these and a plethora of other questions.
You have your challenge, dear reader. Stop searching for the missing link. Instead, try to answer James’s questions.
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