Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the New Jersey Herald of Newton, New Jersey. The letter is titled Catholics might as well toss Bibles. There’s a comments section at the end. It has only three comments so far — which is surprising because the letter appeared on 24 December.
We don’t use the full names of letter-writers unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures. But this time we’ve got someone who certainly wants to be prominent, so we shall oblige him. He’s identified at the end of the letter as Nick Lally, co-founder of something called the Sussex County Creation Science Club.
Excerpts from Nick’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. We may also politely insert this subtle signal [Aaaargh!!] after some howlers, so that we don’t interrupt the letter-writer’s learned discourse. Here we go!
The “Vatican’s stance on evolution” article in the New Jersey Herald was a shocker.
We haven’t searched for the article has Nick so upset, but we all know about the Vatican’s position, and it’s nothing new for the Church. We wrote about it back in October — see Pope Francis, Evolution, & the Big Bang. Nick seems to have just learned about it in his local newspaper and he’s shocked — shocked! He says:
How could a main line religion like Catholicism accept evolution over a supernatural creation? The Bible makes it very clear how man was created. Countless Hebrew scholars have concluded that the account of creation was written literally and historically and no matter how much man tries to distort these sacred writings, it doesn’t change a thing.
We don’t want to trouble Nick any further, so we hope he never becomes aware of the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations supporting evolution, or the The Clergy Letter Project, a strong, pro-evolution statement signed by over 12,000 Christian clergymen. Let’s read on:
If the Vatican dismisses Genesis, then Catholics might as well throw away their entire Bibles. If Genesis is wrong, then the entire Christian religion is wrong. [Aaaargh!!] … If you believe that Christ raised Himself from the dead, cured the sick, healed the blind and walked on water, then why not a six-day creation? Are you going to decide which miracles are true or not, or are you going to accept the Bible as written in Genesis? You can’t have it both ways.
We think Nick can have it both ways — see The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Miracles. But what do we know? Nick continues:
The Bible supports the Genesis story in numerous chapters throughout the Old and New testaments and they can’t be separated.
Yes, one part of the bible tends to support another. That’s also true of the Iliad, but so what? Here’s more from Nick:
As Christians we were warned about false doctrines and today we find evolution being taught to our children at the expense of our taxes when it’s nothing more than philosophical naturalism.
Yes, Nick has been warned. If he fails to heed that warning, then what? Maybe it’s the Lake of Fire, or maybe not. Perhaps he’ll end up with a better understanding of reality. It’s a difficult choice. Oh, evolution isn’t philosophical naturalism. It’s science, which is based on methodological naturalism — see Bring Me An Angel Detector! Moving along:
We here at the Sussex County Creation Science Club are not afraid to stand up to any evolutionist.
Oooooooh — they’re not afraid! Why should they be? We’re not gonna shoot them. Or maybe he means they’re not afraid that they’ll look foolish. Nick is right — they have nothing to lose. They’re already proud members of a creation science club. Another excerpt:
We are willing to debate any group of evolutionists from philosophers to scientists that the creation account in Genesis is correct.
Anyone interested in accepting Nick’s challenge? If you’re tempted, please see our post on such debates before you make any foolish decisions — Debating Creationists is Dumber Than Creationism.
Nick ends his letter by begging someone — anyone! — to accept his challenge:
Perhaps the Herald would like to sponsor this debate, an event that could be held at the Newton Theater or SCCC? Each side would be represented by three debaters and let the people decide for themselves: A supernatural creation or evolution.
We appreciate the opportunity, Nick — but we don’t accept. Yeah, Nick, that’s right — it’s because we’re afraid of The Truth™.
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