We don’t embarrass letter-writers by using their full names, unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures, so we’ll use only this guy’s first name, which is Geoffrey. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I am indebted to Mr. McLennan for his response to my letter on Evolution and am glad he agrees that Evolution actually says nothing about how life started, although I and all my friends, family, etc., believed it was supposed to show it did.
The McLennan letter that Geoffrey refers to is this: Would evolution be taught in church?, and although the online version doesn’t mention how life started, it delightfully begins by saying:
Every single point stated in his [Geoffrey’s] letter is factually inaccurate, including his definition of the word Theory.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! But Geoffrey isn’t embarrassed. Even though he and all his friends and family thought one thing and it turns out not to be true, he’s not giving up. You will be thrilled, dear reader, at Geoffrey’s persistence:
However, none of us had heard of Abiogenesis before so I looked it up. According to the encyclopedia it was a theory that life started from inanimate objects. It was explained that they thought that wrapping some cheese and bread in some cloth and leaving it in a dark place resulted in mice appearing!!!
Wikipedia indicated that the theory behind Abiogenesis was that 4.17 BILLION years ago life started with the production of molecules resulting from the spontaneous mix of matter at that time and that life resulted from these merging somehow. Since nobody was there 4.17 BILLION years ago one wonders how they know this!
This is very odd. The Wikipedia article on Abiogenesis, in its second sentence, clearly states: “The Earth was formed about 4.54 billion years ago. The earliest undisputed evidence of life on Earth dates at least from 3.5 billion years ago … .” Further, Geoffrey’s figure “4.17” appears nowhere in that article. Anyway, Geoffrey refuses to concede anything about the origin of life. He says:
It seems to me a bit like the Encyclopedia Brittanica [sic] appearing as the result of an explosion in a print works.
If you do a Google search on “explosion in a print shop” you’ll get over 200,000 hits. But Geoffrey doesn’t rely only on the beliefs of his family, his friends, and an ark-load of creationist websites. He actually presents some evidence. Let’s read on:
Mr. McLennan asks what tests can be performed to prove a Creators existence. If things happened entirely by chance as Evolutionists/Abiogenesis believers seems to, try harvesting wheat in January. It can’t be done as the Creator, whom we call God, has arranged things in an orderly way so that there are seasons in which these things can only be done.
Aaaargh!! You want even more evidence? Geoffrey’s got it:
To see evidence of God, look out of the window and see all the life out there, not just human life but also plants, animals, birds, etc. Look at your family and ask if they are here by accident, because if they are then they have nothing to look forward to. Not a nice prospect.
Yeah — just look out the window! Geoffrey devotes the next few paragraphs telling us about his own beliefs. We’ll skip that. Near the end he makes another powerful argument — a reference to popular opinion:
A BBC survey in 2006 found that less than half the population believed in Evolution. In America a survey was carried out in 2012 and they found that few actually believed in Evolution as the source of life, so perhaps we are the majority after all.
Very persuasive! The letter concludes with this:
If only everybody believed in the beauty of a Creator and all that that implies how much better the world would be and how much better their lives would be.
Geoffrey’s letter is a very good one. Why? Because it supports your Curmudgeon’s often-expressed opinion on the futility of debating or even talking to adult creationists. If someone is still a creationist when he’s past his student years, there’s no way to break through whatever it is that grips him. Although we hear occasional tales of successful de-programming efforts, those are extremely rare. The effort may seem worth the bother to you, but we think it’s an unproductive expenditure of time.
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