Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Knoxville News Sentinel of Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s titled God established universe’s laws. The newspaper has a comments section, but you need to subscribe to see what’s going on there.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We found someone with his name whose job is Application Analyst (whatever that is) at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, but that may not be our man — and even if it is, it doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. His first name is Bill. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
The letter to the editor titled “Religions lose flocks because of science” doesn’t do the topic justice.
Bill is referring to this letter, which is pretty good. It begins by saying:
Why are people leaving religion? I’m an atheist and I know why I left religion: It’s because I saw that the claims of religion are simply not supportable in light of modern scientific knowledge.
Bill doesn’t agree. He says:
Yes, late teens and young adults are leaving religion in greater numbers, but that reason was revealed 2,000 years ago. For the detailed explanation, read Mark 4:3-20.
You can read that biblical explanation if you like. We’ll stay with Bill’s letter:
While science has its peripheral influence, honest examination leaves the scientific explanation of origins and life with cavernous holes in it.
“Cavernous holes”? Egad! Bill continues:
Scientific law states that matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Science also insists the energy is conserved.
What’s Bill getting at? He tells us:
Since neither matter nor energy can be eternal, they both have a starting point. However, science prohibits that. Nevertheless, matter and energy exist. Science cannot explain that.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! If matter and energy can’t be created or destroyed, then why wouldn’t they be eternal — in one form or another? Here’s more:
Evolution also has scientific problems, although few will admit it. Evolution violates the two most basic tenets of science: observation and reproducibility.
You know what’s next, don’t you? Here it comes:
Despite the abundance of fossils and geologic formations, evolution cannot be observed. No one has ever witnessed a fish evolving into an amphibian, then a reptile. Perhaps more curious to me is that evolution cannot be reproduced.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yet another creationist who insists that he won’t be impressed unless we reproduce the Earth’s biosphere. The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims has an entry for that old clunker. Moving along:
Why doesn’t anyone reproduce evolution in a lab? Better yet, why isn’t anyone trying? It is because they know it cannot be done.
No one is trying? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Bill is obviously unaware of Richard Lenski’s E. coli long-term evolution experiment.
And now we come to the end:
It requires supernatural interference to put matter, energy and life into place. It is fascinating to read about the supernatural God in Jeremiah 33:25 who established the fixed laws of the universe. The one who creates is greater than the creation.
Because that’s the climax of Bill’s letter, we’ll have to show that scripture passage for your consideration. Here it is — King James version, of course:
Thus saith the Lord; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
So there you are. If that didn’t convince you, then nothing will, and the Lake of Fire awaits you.
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