Today’s letter-to-the-editor comes to us from an exotic location — the fifth-largest island country in the Caribbean Sea. It appears in The Gleaner, published in Kingston, Jamaica, and it’s titled Faith’s anchor stronger than evolution’s.
We usually omit the letter-writer’s full name and city, unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures, but there’s no need to be discreet in this case. The letter-writer is Rev. Earlmont Williams, who is not only Pastor at the Battersea New Testament Church of God, but he is also Academic Dean at Bethel Bible College — “the oldest Pentecostal training College in Jamaica.” We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Please allow me to respond to the recent articles in your illustrious paper on the purpose and meaning of human life. Most of the writers postulated that life has no transcendental or ultimate meaning beyond that which the human person attaches to it. I am responding to this view as a Christian pastor and theological educator.
Pay attention, dear reader. You may think you know a thing or two, but you live in darkness. The rev is going to explain the purpose and meaning of life. He says:
One of my challenges with the humanistic evolutionary view of human life on this planet is that it is grounded in the very reality that the proponents skilfully attack – faith. What these Darwinian enthusiasts have failed to acknowledge in their reflections is that evolution is unscientific in that it has no basis in empirical fact. It was grounded in Darwin’s observations and conjectures, which have not been demonstrably and irrefutably verified.
Whammo! You pathetic Darwinist fool — your evolutionary worldview is built on nothing but faith! Whatcha gonna do now — tell the rev about Piltdown Man? Is that the best you can do? He’s way ahead of you, and although you probably don’t know it, he’ll explain that it’s a fraud — like all your so-called evidence. Let’s read on:
Some people are claiming, on the basis of the evolution of species and the supposed accidental emergence of life in the universe, that human existence is purposeless and meaningless. I refuse to accept that.
The rev refuses! How’s that for inner strength? The next section of his letter has a heading: Survival of the ‘unfit’:
This perspective would have led us as a species to the edge of nowhere millennia ago. We are not here today because of the survival of the fittest, but because of the survival of the ‘unfit’ because of divine providence.
That’s what we like to see in these letters — an original argument. Deep down, you know you’re unfit, dear reader. Your survival is only because of divine providence. The rev continues:
History has demonstrated that the underdogs who have lived on the margins of society and on the underside of history have emerged to leave their mark on the world because they were driven by something more and beyond themselves.
Ah, that explains the collapse of classical civilization and the triumph of the Dark Ages. Here’s more:
The wise man says in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes that the great Divine One has placed eternity in our hearts. That is why we yearn for “something more,” something beyond the meaninglessness of a humanistic, evolutionary, and self-determined existence.
Don’t deny it, dear reader. For once in your meaningless life, find the courage to admit that you yearn for something more.
And now we arrive at the inspirational conclusion of the letter:
I choose to believe in intelligent design and in a grand purpose behind the existence of the universe, not just because the Bible tells me so, but because life itself demands it.
Wow — what a powerful letter. Thanks, rev!
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