Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Thompson Citizen, a weekly newspaper of Thompson, Manitoba, which is known as the “Hub of the North.” It’s titled Fearfully and wonderfully made. The newspaper has a comments feature.
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 Ted Goossen, pastor of the Christian Centre Fellowship. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Last week I had an appointment with a speech therapist who showed me a model of the vocal chords and how they function. The intricacy of the design and how this part of the body functions reminded me of what the Psalmist David said in Psalm 139:13, 14: “You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
A model of the vocal cords was sufficient to send the rev into a spiritual frenzy? Well, okay. Then he says:
David did not have the knowledge of the human body we have today. Even with his limited knowledge he understood the complexity of the body.
Yeah, sure he did. Let’s read on:
David knew that he was a created being – not some product of blind chance or mindless evolution. The more we study the human body, the micro and the macro universes we see evidence of design. Everything shouts “designer’s workmanship.”
Oh yeah — see Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer. The rev continues:
In a conversation with my dentist several months ago regarding his dental studies, he openly ridicules the thought that the way our mouths function have come about as a result of evolution. He sees complexity wherever he looks. And what he sees is evidence of intelligent design.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Another creationist dentist. Hey, rev: If we’re so intelligently designed, why do we need dentists? Here’s more:
Irreducible complexity is what marks evolution theory for what it is – a sham. It once was thought that the single cell was simple – it’s very complex. Have we become so gullible to believe that as long as we add enough years and chance to the mix the implausible becomes probable?
Who’s being gullible — those who see mountains of evidence for evolution, or the rev, who has apparently been reading about irreducible complexity at the Discoveroids’ website? Moving along:
[Some creationist blogger] states that evolution in its starting point and even in some of its sustaining ideas is not a scientific theory – it is a philosophically driven theory. This is what led to such a dramatic change in the life of Phillip E. Johnson, retired law professor at University of California-Berkeley, considered to be the father of the intelligent design movement. When he began to study evolution so profoundly Johnson said, “this thing is philosophically, prejudicially driven. It is not scientifically driven.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No doubt about it — the rev is a big fan of the Discoveroids. Another excerpt:
People who believe in Biblical Creation – that is that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) and all life – are often looked on with derision and ridiculed by the so-called “evolutionary scientific” community. An increasingly greater number of scientists are leaving their evolutionary design theories behind because they no longer stand up to the evidence they see all around them of intelligent design.
Yes, vast numbers of scientists are abandoning the theory of evolution — see Discoveroids’ “Scientific Dissent from Darwinism”. On with the rev’s letter:
Dr. Jim Mason, who has a bachelor of science in engineering physics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. and a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. will be speaking in Thompson this weekend May 1 3 at various venues. He is retired and presently on tour with Creation Ministries International Canada. He will be sharing exciting evidences to support the Bible’s history of creation as well as providing resources to go “in depth” after the meetings.
The rest of the rev’s letter is a few paragraphs promoting the creationist’s presentation. If you care, you can read that for yourself. Then, if you’re in Manitoba and you’re in the mood for some of that ol’ fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism, you know where to find it.
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