Today’s letter-to-the-editor is one of the best we’ve seen lately. It appears in the Guelph Mercury of Guelph, Ontario. Wikipedia says the town was named after an ancestor of the then-reigning British monarch, George IV. The letter is titled Belief in evolution a religion of its own. It doesn’t look like the newspaper has a comments feature.
Usually, when the letter-writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. But today we’ve got a preacher. He’s John Fairchild . We found someone with that name who is pastor of the Grace Community Church in Guelph. That’s probably our man. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
The rev begins by complaining about an earlier column in the newspaper, and he says:
[T]he tired old claim is trotted out yet again — evolutionary dogma is “science” and all contrary questioning is “religion.” But it’s not quite that simplistic. Evolution is as much of a religion as the best of them.
Oooooooh! Evolution is just a religion. We’ve heard that claim from creationists before, but the rev has reasons for his accusation:
Consider the following: it has a sacred text (“On the Origin of Species”); a founding prophet (Charles Darwin); an unquestionable and rigid central dogma (all life and order has arisen by blind unguided processes over a vast amount of time); many wonderful, miraculous faith-based stories (for example, once upon a time, long, long ago, out of nothing, arose everything); missionaries with relentless evangelistic zeal (Thomas Huxley, Richard Dawkins and David Brandow, to name just three); and its own special purgatory for all heretics who dare to disbelieve its orthodox doctrines and stray from the straight and narrow.
Wow — evolution has the same characteristics that other religions have. Hey — that’s pretty much true of all modern sciences. The rev has discovered a profound truth! This is amazing! Let’s read on:
One doesn’t have to read evolutionary writers for very long before you begin to notice the large number of things they don’t know and can’t explain.
What? There are things scientists don’t know? Ah, that’s what makes the religion of science so inferior to the rev’s religion. He has the answers to everything! And to show you that the rev isn’t just blowing hot air, he gives solid examples:
For example: how did we get something out of nothing? (nobody knows); how did disorder and violent chaos gave rise to the incredible order and beauty all around us in violation of the second law of thermodynamics? (it shouldn’t have happened); the incredible fact of the fine tuning of the cosmological constants of the universe? (isn’t it wonderful how it just happened!); the origin of the genetic code? (beats me); where is the other 80 per cent of the matter in the universe that we can’t see? (some unknown, unseen mysterious phenomenon called “dark matter”), and on and on we go.
It’s so obvious — scientists are a bunch of ignorant fools! The rev continues:
Here’s the bottom line for atheistic evolutionists: you’d better start coming up with better answers than “beats me” and “nobody really knows” if you’re going to go running around claiming to have the final answers for life’s greatest metaphysical questions.
Yeah — you guys better start coming up with some answers! Here’s the stunning close of the rev’s letter:
Just labelling people “stupid” who believe that design actually comes from designers isn’t going to cut it for very much longer. People are starting to think.
So there you are, dear reader. You can’t go on fooling folks like the rev with your shoddy religion. They’re starting to think.
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