Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Richmond Review of Richmond, British Columbia. The letter is titled On evolution, Carl Sagan, Christianity and Robin Williams. It’s rare to find anything that mentions both Carl Sagan and Robin Williams, so this letter grabbed our attention.
There’s no reason to provide internet visibility for creationists, and we don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. We figured out who today’s letter-writer is, but he’s not prominent enough, so we shall use only his first name, which is Branko. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Carl Sagan, evolution proselytizing astronomer who died on Dec. 20, 1996 (aged 62), opens his famous 1980 book Cosmos with this sentence: “The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.” This bold statement is not science, it is not objectivity, it is not a fact proven scrupulously by the scientific method! It is simply an expression of Sagan’s irrationality and his blind faith in his atheistic, materialistic, and evolutionist theories so zealously propagated by Sagan and other atheistic, evolutionist, anti-religious scientists and educators.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Branko writes a good letter! And it’s just getting started. Then he says:
These same evolution promoting scientists and educators have virtually stifled, eliminated and censored all debate and discussion on the validity of their evolutionist theories so that no challenge is allowed of these illogical, unproven and contradictory evolution theories at all levels of public education or the academy. This is amply demonstrated by Ben Stein in his 2008 film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Branko is impressed by Ben Stein’s execrable creationist clunker, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It’s possible that there’s a connection between Branko and Walt Ruloff: The Man Who Bankrolled “Expelled”, because they’re both living in British Columbia, but there’s no time to research that. Anyway, let’s read on:
Here is how C.S. Lewis, that great Christian thinker, apologist and writer addressed this issue in one of his essays:
Branko devotes a few paragraphs to quoting Lewis. We don’t know if he’s done so accurately or not. Stripped down to the basics, he claims Lewis wrote that if it were true that only nature exists, and we are the products of evolution, then “there are three things you might do”: (1) commit suicide; (2) live hedonistically, pursuing “only the coarsest of sensual pleasures;” or (3) “defy the universe.”
We’ve only read a bit of Lewis, but we know that he was far from being an idiot. Surely he knew of more possibilities than that. And what’s that weird third option all about? Branko doesn’t tell us. All he does is provide a dictionary definition of “defy.” Then he continues:
I would say C. S. Lewis was absolutely right in his assessment of how people today respond to meaningless and purposeless implication of such materialistic, evolution based theories of modern atheistic scientists. A few take option No. 1, like that great and talented comedian and actor, Robin Williams did recently.
Oh. So that explains it. How insightful of Branko to know Williams’ final thoughts. He then elaborates on the other two options:
Many take option No. 2 and in their excess, lack of self-restraint and zeal to grab all the pleasures of life, burn themselves out or completely ruin themselves, physically, financially and spiritually!
Typical of Darwinists. And what about that cryptic third option? Here it comes:
Many also take the path of option No. 3 and openly “defy the Universe”! I would restate this option as our vain attempt “to escape from reality” which is often unpleasant, uncomfortable and often terrifying in order to achieve some fleeting state of bliss, happiness or a state without pain or suffering.
What’s he talking about? It isn’t explained, and although we were expecting Sagan’s name to pop up again, it doesn’t. The rest of Branko’s letter is praise of Lewis and then some bible quotes. At the end he says:
If Robin Williams had known that fact [about Jesus], he might have been a little bit less depressed than he was and as a result he might be alive today.
We don’t know what to say, except that Branko’s letter is unique, and it certainly deserves a place in our collection.
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