Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Herald Times Reporter of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Wikipedia says the town’s name means “dwelling of the great spirit.” The letter is titled Scriptural account of creation believable. An icon below the headline will take you to the newspaper’s comments feature.
We don’t use a letter-writer’s full name unless he’s a politician, preacher, or other public figure, but there’s no problem this time. The author is Henry F. Koch, described as “Retired Lutheran pastor.” Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Without claiming scientific expertise, but operating with the principles of logic and the scientific “modus operandi,” here is why Christians can accept the Scriptural account of creation and reject the evolutionary theory of origins. Though Christians may be accounted gullible for believing the Bible, they can point to two things common to every rational person.
Oh boy — we’ve been looking for this. The rev tells us:
First: “Every house is built by someone, but he that made all things is God,” [scripture reference]. The first part of that statement is surely logical. The fact that it happens to be a quotation found in Holy Scripture should not make it unacceptable.
The rev is correct. Every house is built by someone. Let’s read on:
The conclusion, the second part of the statement just says, as someone has to make as little a thing as a house, it’s unlikely the world made itself.
Uh … okay. The rev spoke of two things he has in common with every rational person. That was number one. He continues:
There is a second absolute that the Scriptural viewpoint is also very scientific, i.e. observable.
We hope it’s more scientific than his conclusion that someone built the world. Here it comes:
Every one notices those urges to do something wrong, and every one has those reminders that they’ve done some things that were wrong. And the daily news tell us evil exists everywhere. History says it was there in the past and is very likely to be there in the future.
Yes, we’ve all noticed that evil exists. Where is this going, and how does it prove creationism? The rev doesn’t keep us waiting:
That universal presence of evil is the second absolute that indicates Scripture is right when it teaches, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” [Scripture reference omitted.]
Huh? Evil is proof of scripture? That means it’s also proof of creationism? And God too? But given that God is all powerful and good, the problem of evil is one of the biggest difficulties for theology. How does the rev handle that? He concludes with this:
Evolution has no explanation for the presence of evil. “Survival of the fittest” is no basis for morality, for saying some things are right, some things are wrong.
That’s it? So it seems. Well, what did you expect?
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