Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Midland Daily News of Midland, Michigan. It’s the first letter of a few that are on the same page, and it’s titled Show me. There’s a comments section at the end.
Today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so we won’t use his full name. His first name is Ron. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
H-m-m-m, from what I know, the “Theory of Evolution” still has that assignment to it. I have never seen anyone of “authority” or “with credentials” credit this “theory” as “fact!” Please list their names and documents of proof.
Ron points out that evolution is still “assigned” to the theory bin. He craves an authority who will proclaim it a fact. Hey, Ron: theories never get “promoted” to facts. But you might take a look at Evolution as Fact and Theory by Stephen Jay Gould.
Ron then says:
According to some people, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter and the Apostle Paul are all “fictional persons” and the person of God and Jesus Christ are just as fictional. Yet, their writings have survived centuries. These men claim that all lived with, talked in person to, and saw him do many miracles, etc. Usually, “fiction” dies out, so’s this survival seems strange to me, eh?
Ron says fiction usually dies out. Yet the Hindu religion is considerably older than Christianity and their writings are still very much with us. Does that mean they’re factual? Let’s read on:
Some claim “facts” are available to the contrary of Biblical writings, etc. They list scientists, palentologists and all sorts of generic sources; yet name none of them quote documents, show pictures or have photos showing animals, persons or whatever in the evolutionary state of being, such as part monkey/part man, part anything of anything!
There aren’t any photos of things that happened in the bible either, but we’ll overlook that. Ron continues:
Humans have been digging for centuries and have never come up with a fossil, or anything resembling or proving “The Theory of Evolution.”
Good point, Ron! Here’s more:
Strange, that person frozen in that Italian mountain receding glacier was said to be 5,000 years old. They claim that he had blonde hair, blue eyes, and his ‘human form’ was exactly like ours today and if alive today, would be no different than any of us walking down main street today. What a coincidence, eh??
That’s probably a reference to Ötzi, a/k/a Ötzi the Iceman, described by Wikipedia as ” a well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived around 3,300 BCE … . .” His hair color isn’t mentioned, but his DNA must have been intact because it says his eyes were brown. Regardless of the eye color, why does Ron think a European from 5,000 years ago wouldn’t look like a European today? He doesn’t say. He doesn’t say much of anything, really. Here’s the last of his letter:
As Harry Truman always said, “Show me!”
That’s a great conclusion to a great letter!
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