Yowie! It’s been months since we wrote about Cosmos: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. We thought the series was great, but like everything else that offers people an opportunity to gain some knowledge, there are those who become (and remain) enraged that anyone would dare such a thing.
Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Clayton. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I’m responding to the renewed 13-part series “Cosmos” aired on U.S. television and around the world to counter creationism and intelligent design, but which has deepened the problems for evolution theory.
Lordy, lordy. This promises to be a great letter. We can’t stop now. Come on, Clayton, don’t hold back:
“Cosmos” was produced by Seth MacFarlane and hosted by Dr. Neil Tyson, both outspoken atheists. MacFarlane was asked by the Los Angeles Times what he was hoping to get out of “Cosmos.” MacFarlane replied, “We’ve had a resurgence of creationism and intelligent design ‘theory’. There’s been a real vacuum when it comes to science education.”
We haven’t checked that quote, but it’s probably true that since the original Carl Sagan series, there hasn’t been anything like it until the Tyson series came along. Does Clayton disagree? Let’s read on:
There has indeed been a real vacuum in scientific education created by the evolutionists themselves by substituting their three pillars of truth: imagination, speculation, and exaggeration instead of empirical (scientific) evidence.
We haven’t run across that “three pillars” claim before. Is it original with Clayton, or did he get it from come crazed creationist website? It doesn’t matter. He continues:
With the ever-increasing knowledge through modern technology in biology and all other disciplines of science, the evidence overwhelmingly supports intelligent design and also confirms the accuracy of the biblical record, resulting in many evolutionists’ renouncing their faith the evolution theory. It is poorly supported with real scientific evidence and is greatly exaggerated.
We don’t need to say anything about that paragraph. It speaks for itself. Here’s more from Clayton:
One excellent example of exaggeration is found in Tomoton Stiftung’s book “Pro Evo” which is mailed to college students and others. Pages 16-17 state “The evolution from hydrogen up to man can already be explained and proved. … The processes from hydrogen to protein can … already be reproduced in the laboratory.”
We’re not sure, but Clayton may be referring to this: Pro Evolution: Guideline for an Age of Joy (Amazon listing). We never heard of it, but Clayton doesn’t like it. Why? Stay with us:
The truth is that scientists have yet to produce the right combination of amino acids to produce just one favorable protein — the building blocks of a living cell.
Oh dear. That’s not quite true, Clayton. Well, nobody starts with hydrogen, but nevertheless, see, for example: Self-assembling anti-cancer molecules created in minutes. And Wikipedia discusses the subject: Protein biosynthesis. Anyway, now we come to the end:
One of the most fundamental laws of biological science is that life can only come from life itself; it cannot come from dead matter. The same is true of knowledge (intelligent design). In the beginning, God created …” (Genesis 1:1).
We’re grateful to Clayton because we had forgotten about that “most fundamental law” of science — uh, creation science, that is. We’re also grateful to be reminded that like every variety of creationism, intelligent design is ultimately inspired by Genesis. Great letter!
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