Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Shropshire Star, the fifth biggest-selling regional evening newspaper in Britain. It’s published in Ketley, a suburb of Telford, which is in Shropshire. Shropshire residents are called “Salopians.”
The letter is titled Science must provide proof if evolution is to be believed. That’s a powerful title, and the letter won’t disappoint you.
We don’t embarrass letter-writers by using their full names, unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures. Today’s writer is an active stamp collector, but he doesn’t seem to be prominent otherwise. We’ll use only his first name, which is Richard. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
If evolution is correct, please supply us with the absolute proof – not just some circumstantial evidence which may or may not be true.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Richard should take a look at Where’s the Proof — Evolution’s “Smoking Gun”? We had him in mind when we wrote it. This is what Richard is demanding:
Please explain how living life appeared out of nothing. Evolution proposes that it arose spontaneously out of the inert chemicals. Now even a single cell is amazingly complex. Where is the proof that it just formed itself on its own?
Richard is obsessed with claims evolution theory doesn’t make. Speaking of which, this is his next demand:
And where did the spirit that is different but in each living animal come from?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What’s he asking about — Vitalism? Let’s read on:
Then we have the alleged evolving of new species out of other species. Where is the proof of this? Since there are no known examples of creatures jumping the species barrier the whole idea seems rather far-fetched.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Verily, it is written in flaming letters that No Species Can Cross the Great Barrier. Richard is dancing what we call the micro-macro mambo, discussed in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. He continues:
Of course some evolving occurs in species – it is nature’s way of ensuring creatures adapt to changing conditions. Humans have got taller over the years but no-one suggests we are involving into a new human species.
That’s true. No one suggests that we’re becoming Homo altus. Here’s more:
Biblical scripture is not anonymous, Genesis was written by Moses on Devine [sic] revelation by the one true God Yahweh.
Yeah, okay, Richard. What else have you got for us?
Belief in Biblical Creation is largely a matter of faith, but in the absence of a credible alternative, it is the only viable possibility.
Lordy, lordy. He says that after demanding “absolute proof” from us. This guy is amazing! Moving along:
The hundreds of prophecies in the Bible of events in the future which have all come true in their time suggests belief in the Bible is not misplaced.
Uh huh. Don’t stop now, Richard. Tell us more!
Finally, it is true some Christians do not believe in Creation. How they square this with their faith is beyond my understanding. Even Jesus supported what Moses had written.
Well, that settles it then. And now we come to the end:
If God could not create life He would not be much of a God, would he.
Hey, that last point is one we haven’t seen before. Richard, we salute you. Your letter is one of the best we’ve seen.
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