Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Citizen of Dalton, Georgia, known as the Carpet Capital of the World. The letter is titled Chaos cannot generate order. The newspaper has a comments section.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Maynard. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I want to thank all who commented on my “butterfly” letter of May 6, both pro and con. Most of the negative comments were much as I expected — politically correct and somewhat condescending.
This is Maynard’s earlier letter: Evolution can’t explain it. It’s the usual creationist rant — about “irreducible complexity” and the miracle of the monarch butterfly.
Today’s letter is a continuation of that rant. It’s an amusing catalog of additional creationist clunkers, all of which are debunked in the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims. Because his arguments are so familiar, we won’t bother with any additional debunking. Maynard says:
To those negative responders, I would say you might be surprised to learn that there are many creationist scientists today with Ph.D.s who actually became creationists only after studying the evidence. I would also like to mention a few scientific creationists from the past: [the usual list — Isaac Newton, etc.].
Oh, wait — Maynard’s list also includes Leonardo da Vinci and Alexander Graham Bell. We haven’t seen them in this context before. Let’s read on:
Also, if Earth was millions of years old our oceans would have long ago become too salty for the survival of marine life, Earth’s protective magnetic field would have weakened beyond the point where life could survive and the soft tissue containing DNA, proteins, etc., which is being found in fossilized dinosaur bones would not be possible.
Additionally, scientists generally agree that our universe had a beginning — as per the Big Bang. They also agree that it is presently in a state of constant deterioration — as per the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In the Big Bang scenario, chaos is supposed to have self-generated into order. Yet, according to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, order is presently de-generating into chaos.
Wowie — Maynard has spotted the flaw in every scientist’s thinking. Here’s more:
Question: Did the laws of physics change? Creationists answer: Chaos cannot now and never has generated order. In the beginning God created everything complete and in order.
Ah, that explains it. Moving along:
Sadly, my dear doubters, you have been deceived by both the persuasive power of peer pressure and by repetitive authoritarian misinformation which has been pounded into your head since day one.
You’ve been deceived, dear reader! Wake up! Listen to Maynard! Here’s another excerpt:
Some, I am sure, simply refuse to give any credence to God in their consideration of scientific evidence. The Bible speaks of such people, telling us “they are willfully ignorant.” I truly wish I was wrong in that assessment, but that is the way it is.
Not only have you been deceived, you are willfully ignorant. And now we come to the end:
I pray that your eyes will be opened to the abundant evidence which shows that the “theory” of evolution is seriously flawed and that it is primarily propagated by those who have much to lose; because they would be subject to sacrificing their intellectual integrity, and possibly their careers and/or monetary investments, if they ever admit they are wrong.
As we said, there’s nothing new in Maynard’s letter, but it’s nevertheless a good addition to our collection. And it’s comforting to know that Maynard is praying for us.
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