Today’s letter-to-the-editor — like so many others recently — appears in the Midland Daily News of Midland, Michigan. The letter is titled Only two possibilities. The newspaper has a comments section.
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 author is an exception He’s Bruce Malone, who describes himself as having “over 30 years of experience using and understanding science, ending my career as a research leader for Dow Chemical.” He doesn’t say where he went to school or what degrees he has. We Googled for him. He’s all over the place at various creationist websites, always described as “a research leader for Dow Chemical.” So we’re using his full name. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
After … studying both sides of this issue for almost 25 years and authoring six books on the scientific evidence supporting a Biblical creation model, I feel somewhat qualified to address this subject. Science is simply a tool we use to understand the operation of the physical laws of the universe. These observational laws are one of the ways in which God points us to the truth about both the reality of his existence and our origin. Allow me expound upon two of a myriad of possible examples.
The research leader expounds:
Ultimately there are only two possibilities for our existence. If you think of the entire universe as a box, either the box made itself or the box has a box maker. The first law of physics states that, “Matter and energy can be neither created nor destroyed.” To my knowledge there has never been an exception to this observable law of science. So which option does both the laws of science and scientific experimentation/observation support? The answer is obvious — the matter and energy of the universe could not have made itself, it has to have had a maker.
There are more possibilities. The universe — in one form or another — may have always existed, and the research leader has no reason to pounce upon his “maker” theory without first demonstrating that all other options are impossible. And he’s ignoring the perfectly obvious question of his universe-maker’s origin. Let’s read on:
At a time when the majority of his peers believed life came from non-life, Louis Pasteur (a Bible-believing scientist and the father of modern microbiology) proved — using experimentation and observation — that life can only come from previously existing life. That was 150 years ago and nothing has changed.
Absolute rubbish! That’s the so-called “law of biogenesis.” We discuss it in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. The research leader continues:
No one has come even close to showing how the extremely complex proteins, DNA and other chemicals of life could form themselves outside of a living cell. Claims to the contrary are more akin to storytelling than science.
Not entirely true — see, e.g., Princeton scientists construct synthetic proteins that sustain life. Here’s more:
Molecules-to-man evolution is promoted as a fact because there is only one alternative to believing that very different forms of life (starting with single celled organisms) “made themselves” — i.e., to acknowledge that very diverse forms of life were literally created fully formed and fully functional. And this possibility is “off-limits” for consideration throughout our education system.
Yes, the only alternative to a natural process is a supernatural process, and for some reason, supernatural phenomena aren’t included in public school science classes. Does the “research leader” think the movie Ghost Busters is a documentary? Should that be in the public schools too? Moving along:
Life does vary and modifications do happen, but these changes are based on coding already present with the DNA molecule of a given type of creature. These changes are called “evolution,” but the same word is dishonestly used to assume that bacteria have turned into people. This requires enormous amounts of useful, functioning information to be added to the DNA coding of a “simple” creature in order to turn it into a “more complex” creature … and this has never been observed.
Ooooooooooh — information! See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. Another excerpt:
No fossil comes with a label attached. They must all be interpreted and if you leave a world restructuring flood out of your thinking, you will misinterpreted the rock layers of the Earth, the fossils found within those rock layers and the time frame for the formation of the sedimentary rock layers of the Earth. It is not that the majority of biologists, geologists and physicists are evil or that there is some huge human conspiracy to hide the truth. Macro-evolution believing scientists are simply wrong because they leave a straightforward understanding of what God’s word tells us is the history of this planet out of their thinking.
The fools! On with the letter:
If there is a creator as described in the Bible, we should find complex forms of life with vast gulfs separating distinctly different body structures. We do. If there was a world restructuring flood, the rock layers and fossils of the world would have developed rapidly and recently. They have. If those two events are denied, the only alternative is huge time periods and some sort of evolutionary process.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And now we come to the end:
Thus, by making actual events of history off limits for consideration throughout our education system (creation and a worldwide flood), and not allowing students to even examine the evidence which supports these events or casts doubt upon evolution, then fantasies like molecules-to-man evolution become facts in the minds of majority, and, as God states in Romans 1:21-22, “ … seeking to be wise, they become fools.”
Was that man really “a research leader for Dow Chemical”? He claims that he was. But then, he also claims that six-day creation and Noah’s flood were historical events. We’ll let you decide, dear reader.
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