We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), but we’ll do it in this case. The letter-writer is
Pastor Jim Mumme of the Evangelical Methodist Church located in Arizona City, Arizona.
Does the name sound familiar? It should. That same preacher wrote an earlier letter for that same newspaper almost a month ago, about which we wrote: #418: Arizona Preacher. You’ll have to forgive our title, which is a childish play on the rev’s name. 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!
After starting with a scripture passage and then a simplistic definition of matter and energy, we’re told:
When taking a psychology course at Arizona State College in Tempe, my professor would pose the question, “What is matter?” Then he would say, “Never mind.” He then would ask the opposite question, “What is mind?” and answer, “Never matter.” Then he would smile. Obviously, he was joking, but he also was being devious.
Try to think of one of God’s attributes as being pure energy, tremendously powerful, though invisible. One form of energy is light, and Jesus claimed, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). One of God’s first commands was, “Let there be light!”
That’s a helpful way to think about it. Then the rev says:
Scientist Dr. Henry Morris wrote, “All matter is energy in motion, and light is the most basic form of energy.” He probably was thinking of how subatomic particles, invisible to humans, can be detected on photographic plates during attempts to split atoms, through the use of a machine similar to the cyclotron on the campus of the U. of California at Berkley. If the superconducting supercollider machine that was termed “genesis machine” and was supposed to have been built several years ago west of Casa Grande, Arizona had been built, living close to it would have familiarized all of us with the vocabulary we are using in this article.
“Scientist” Henry Morris — BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’ve written about him a few times before — for example, see Henry Morris: the Ultimate Creationist, and also ICR’s Founder, Henry Morris: Exposed! You know this is going to be a great letter.
Oh, regarding the rev’s reference to the “genesis machine,” he may be thinking of the Superconducting Super Collider which was almost built in Texas (Arizona was competing for the project), but Congress cancelled the funding — along with the career plans of numerous American physicists.
Then the rev touches on some other science topics:
Just as the Hubbel [sic] telescope was hoped to discover the boundary of the Big Bang, which would have tended to support the hypothesis, but only found more thousands of galaxies as far as the lenses of the Hubbel [sic] could “see,” there may be an infinite component of the microcosm in subatomic (and subsubatomic, etc.) particles along the continuum from microcosm to macrocosm (the universe).
Ah yes, the Hubble was a big disappointment — it never found “the boundary of the Big Bang.” The rev also mentions Einstein’s alleged religious nature. Then he attempts to describe the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, and he tells us:
Man can change matter to energy, and an example would be burning gasoline to run an automobile or coal to warm a building. But man cannot reverse the process. Man cannot turn energy into matter. Eventually, fossil fuels and even ethanol (made from grain), and even nuclear energy (radiated from uranium) would be used up. Even the heat from the sun would cease to exist, as it is known that the diameter of the sun is diminishing at a set rate every day. The universe actually is running down, the opposite from evolution’s claim that it is constantly developing (evolving, moving from simplicity to complexity).
How many errors are in the rev’s paragraph? For one thing, particle accelerators actually do convert energy into subatomic particles. As for the “shrinking sun,” see The Legend of the Shrinking Sun- A Case Study Comparing Professional Science and “Creation Science” in Action. In fact, the “shrinking sun” claim is so nonsensical that even AIG includes it in its list of bogus claims that creationists shouldn’t use — see Far Out Claims About Astronomy. The rest of the rev’s paragraph is the old creationist claim that the Second Law of Thermodynamics says evolution is impossible. The rev is certainly up-to-date on his creation science! Let’s read on:
One of scientists’ criticisms of creationism is creationism’ s claim of “creation ex nihilo” (Latin for “created out of nothing”). I think this is a valid criticism, for God only appeared to make the physical, material world out of nothing. He actually made the material world out of His personal energy (invisible, but not nothing), being omnipotent. If one believed that God created “out of nothing,” it would contribute to the belief that God is nothing, another absurdity.
Did you understand that? How wonderful for you! Skipping a bit (which you’ll want to read for yourself), the rev wraps it all up with this:
I love science, and I love Christianity’s doctrine of creation. Perhaps the above reasoning can help change the attitudes of some creationists and some evolutionists, at least a little.
Thanks for the help, rev. Great letter!
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