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 Dale. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Is Rev. John Lund (Missoulian, March 28) trying to say that Creationism cannot be scientific? He says it is “repudiated by the mainstream scientific world,” and implies Christians should support evolution.
Dale is complaining about this letter: Scientific Creationism consistently repudiated by mainstream scientific world, most Christian denominations. It’s good. It should be — the preacher who wrote it tells us he has a degree in physics. Among other things he said:
The Creation Scientists would like nothing more than for this to be a legitimate scientific debate. In actuality their positions are consistently and adamantly not given credibility by the mainstream scientific communities around the world. The Creationist conclusions are belief-based and are contrary to well-documented, field-tested, peer-reviewed, and highly accepted theories and understandings in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, and earth sciences. In those fields of study, there is no debate on whether there is a young earth, if all life was created in six days, or if a global flood actually happened.
Dale didn’t like it. He declares:
Repudiating does not mean disproving.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That goes two ways, Dale. Let’s read on:
Darwin did not start evolution. Charles Lyell said, “The present is the key to the past,” and pushed the idea that all sediments, with their fossils, were deposited over long ages, not quickly in a worldwide flood. His intent was to “free the science from Moses.” Lyell admitted to the strongly anti-biblical nature of his ideas.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Charles Lyell was a geologist and a close friend of Darwin. We’ve never before seen anyone claim that Lyell originated Darwin’s theory. When creationists accuse Darwin of plagiarism, they usually say he stole his idea from Wallace. Hey — what if Dale were right and Darwin stole his idea? He didn’t, of course, but even if he did — does that disprove evolution?
No, it doesn’t. Unlike religion, science is all about evidence. It isn’t based on the authority or character or reputation of any individual. It doesn’t even matter if the discoverer of a theory renounces it — which actually happened when the Inquisition compelled Galileo to repudiate the solar system. Regardless of any scientist’s quirks (real or imaginary), scientific theories stand on their merits, and evolution is an overwhelmingly verified theory. Dale continues:
I could repudiate most of Lund’s statements, and prove some of Creationism’s, but not in 300 words.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Not even in 3 million words! Here’s more, and the bracketed words are like that in Dale’s letter:
Lund doesn’t say if he believes the Bible is the Word of God, but says, “They [many Christians] take the Bible seriously, but understand Biblical truth to be different from historical fact or scientific truth.” This is an obvious contradiction! How can there be different kinds of truth? It cannot be compromised by a false belief system.
Yeah — it’s all or nothing. Moving along:
Jesus taught that Adam and Eve were created “in the beginning,” that Noah was a real person, and the flood a real event. Do you want to “repudiate” Jesus? He didn’t deal in myths.
Powerful arguments indeed! Another excerpt:
Soft tissue has been recovered from marine fossils allegedly 530 million years old. How could it last that long? Use your favorite search engine to look for “Dinosaur soft tissue.” You will get several examples from the mainstream scientific literature. This is new evidence and supports the Creation model.
Aaaargh!! That again. See Dinosaur Fossils Found with Hot Red Meat?
The final line of Dale’s letter is the best part:
For further reading, see “The Genesis Flood” by John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! See ICR’s Founder, Henry Morris: Exposed! Great letter, Dale!
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