Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. But today’s letter is written by Father Richard Partika, a retired priest. You can read about him here: Meet the man behind the many letters. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I have been doing some free thinking about freethinking. Sometimes this can be a very intelligent enterprise and sometimes very idiotic, whether intentional or not. History has given us some wonderful examples of great wise thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle and St. Albert the Great and his pupil, one of the two greatest thinkers of all times, St. Thomas Aquinas … .
The rev drops a lot of names. We’re impressed. Then he says:
On the other hand, we have such idiotic syllogisms coming from the atheists which can be stated as, “Once upon a time there was nothing and nothing worked on nothing and produced everything.”
Uh huh, we all run around saying that. Let’s read on:
Albert Einstein labeled this by saying, “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.”
Yeah, Einstein the fundie. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! With everything Einstein wrote, creationists always come back to that — a quote mined from Einstein’s essay Science and Religion. But he also said in that same piece: “During the youthful period of mankind’s spiritual evolution human fantasy created gods in man’s own image, who, by the operations of their will were supposed to determine, or at any rate to influence, the phenomenal world.” At no time that we’re aware of did Einstein declare his belief in a deity, only in the utility of religion in the sphere of morality.
Okay, the rev continues:
Various natural species may and sometimes do evolve within their own natures. For example, whales seem to have once been land animals, and some small birds seem to have been related to larger flying animals. Yet their species remain.
Lordy, lordy. The rev denying all the evidence for evolution, and he’s dancing the micro-macro mambo, which we debunked in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Here’s more:
If nature is so accidental and haphazard, let us then wonder why, for instance, a horse does not give birth to an elephant or a dog to an oak tree.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Moving along:
I think I will stick with Aristotle, Aquinas and Einstein. I freely think that is more consistent with reality and intelligence.
The rev will stick with them? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! But the question is: If they were still around, would they stick with the rev?
In case you have any doubts about the rev’s opinions, he concludes his letter with a reference to his superb education:
And yes, natural theology is one of the courses we studied in St. Paul Seminary in the 1940s.
We’re convinced. Great letter, rev!
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