Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in The Mercury from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and it’s titled Did God use evolution to create? Like an earlier letter in that newspaper, about which we wrote Creationist Wisdom #481: Babu Ranganathan, this one is from the same author.
As you know, we don’t use the full name of a letter-writer, unless he’s a politician, preacher, or some other public figure. But Babu Ranganathan is an exception. We used to write about his articles when they appeared in Pravda, but they seem to have abandoned him. He’s a graduate of Bob Jones University, with a major in Bible and a minor in what that school calls Biology.
We’ll give you a few excerpts from his latest — but as with his last letter, we won’t give you too many because like all his other writings, this is the usual collection of long-refuted creationist nonsense, and you’ve seen it all before. The newspaper has a comments feature, but Babu’s letter has attracted only one so far. Perhaps that will change. Okay, here we go, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
He begins by referring to the Pope’s recent comments on evolution and the Big Bang. We wrote about that here: Pope Francis, Evolution, & the Big Bang. Then he says:
Contrary to the Pope’s assertions, literal creationists do not believe God used magic to create. Magic is not real. There’s no actual cause/effect relationship in magic. God used supernatural power to bring about creation and established natural laws to maintain or conserve creation, and those natural laws God established allow for only micro-evolution (limited evolution) to occur in nature, not macro-evolution.
Good point! Magic isn’t real, but Oogity Boogity makes sense. Then he tells us:
Only changes or mutations that occur in the genetic code of reproductive cells (i.e. sperm and egg) can be passed on to offspring. Modern evolutionists believe and hope that over, supposedly, millions of years, random genetic mutations in the genes of reproductive cells caused by environmental radiation will generate entirely new genes. This is total blind and irrational faith on the part of evolutionists. It’s much like believing that randomly changing the sequence of letters in a romance novel, over millions of years, will turn it into a book on astronomy! That’s the kind of blind faith macro-evolutionists have.
Egad — it’s blind and irrational faith! Babu doesn’t want any of that! Let’s read on:
How could species have survived if their vital tissues, organs, reproductive systems, etc. were still evolving? A partially evolved trait or organ that is not complete and fully functioning from the start would be a liability to a species, not a survival asset.
Right. Whatcha gonna do with half a heart and half an eyeball? He continues:
All the fossils that have been used to support human evolution have been found to be either hoaxes, non-human, or human, but not non-human and human (i.e. Neanderthal Man was discovered later to be fully human).
Right again! It’s all a fraud. Here’s more:
What about genetic and biological similarities between species? Genetic information, like other forms of information, cannot happen by chance, so it is more logical to believe that genetic and biological similarities between all forms of life are due to a common Designer who designed similar functions for similar purposes. It doesn’t mean all forms of life are biologically related!
And now we come to the end:
Also, so-called “Junk DNA” isn’t junk. These segments of DNA have recently been found to be vital in regulating gene expression (i.e. when, where, and how genes are expressed, so they’re not “junk”).
Are you convinced, dear reader? If not, we can’t imagine why. We’ll end by once more expressing our gratitude to The Mercury for rescuing Babu from oblivion. We’ve missed him since he was a regular in Pravda.
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