Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the fifth biggest-selling regional evening newspaper in Britain, the Shropshire Star of Ketley, in Shropshire. It’s titled The reason we cannot take Darwin’s theory as gospel. An icon will take you to the newspaper’s comments feature, which seems to be quite active.
Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We’ll use only his first name, which is David. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
David is complaining about an earlier letter. We’ll ignore that one, because David’s rebuttals are amusing enough to stand alone. He says:
Just because the theory of evolution is flavour of the month and many people believe it does not make it a fact, particularly as the more scientific discoveries made are turning more and more real scientists away from this unproven theory.
Uh huh. The real scientists are abandoning evolution. Then he asks:
Does he [the earlier letter-writer] believe Sir Fred Hoyle’s Steady State theory that the universe has always existed? Or does he believe in the Big Bang theory which flies in the face of the first law of thermodynamics?
Wow — that’s a difficult choice. If only there were another possibility! Oh wait — David offers us one:
Unless he believes in a first cause, a being outside of the universe, who created everything from nothing, he is in a fix.
Ah. Problem solved. He continues:
The Bible tells us in the very first verse, that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” A few verses later it tells us that God finished His work of creation and rested on the seventh day. There are an increasing number of scientists who do believe that in six days God created all that was created. Their numbers run into many many thousands.
Only thousands? Why not claim there are millions? Here’s the part where we got our title:
Darwin’s theories make a very good narrative but not very good science. The chances of getting just the 200 plus bones in the human body in the right order by chance are so infinitely small as to make this an impossibility.
Hey — we never ran into that argument before. Then David shows us his math:
The number of combinations for this are staggering, 1x2x3x4x5x6…x200! That would be written as 10 with 375 zeros. Suppose the universe is 10 billion years old, and a new attempt to get them in the right order is made every second, there would only be time for 1,018 attempts!
Huh? There are only 1,018 seconds in 10 billion years? Ah well, now we come to the end:
His theory is so weak that it cannot stand on its own which is probably why any challenge to it in the school classroom or university lecture hall is forbidden by government and academia.
It’s good to see that the Brits can make a valuable contribution to our collection. Thanks, David.
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