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 we’ve got a preacher — The Rev. John Kahl, pastor of the New Life Lutheran Church. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Wishing something to be doesn’t make it reality no matter how enticing that idea might be. I realize that this sword cuts both ways in a debate regarding evolution and Christianity.
Indeed it does cut both ways. Then the rev says:
Evolution stems not from facts, but rather data as interpreted by one guiding principle — that there is no God. But that assumption is rather a foolish one; one that cannot be proven.
Wowie — evolution isn’t based on facts! Let’s read on:
To prove that there is no God, one would have to be omnipresent throughout the universe of which we have an extremely hard time leaving our own solar system. This is complicated by the existence of a God that is spiritual and therefore impossible to be detected, investigated, or analyzed by any scientific method.
This is brilliant! The non-existence of god can’t be proven, so that means evolution is absurd. The rev continues:
It is much easier to prove that God does exist. The question becomes, what evidence would one accept as reasonable proof?
Here comes the rev’s proof:
The moment we each die, God’s existence will be evident. The atheist will instantly be aware of their error and I will know that I am right. Playing the odds isn’t a saving faith but I have nothing to lose and an atheist has nothing to gain by maintaining our beliefs.
[*Groan*] It’s Pascal’s Wager. We haven’t seen that one for a long time. Here’s more:
Evolutionists rely on faith for their theory because there is no definitive evidence to support it. Deductive reasoning rests on two basic principles: the premises are true and the reasoning is valid. The starting point with evolutionary theory is that God doesn’t exist, so how did all this get here? I maintain that the premise is faulty and the reasoning inconsistent. Therefore the theory remains just that – a theory.
The members of the rev’s church are fortunate to have such a wise man as their spiritual leader. Moving along:
So, what about a 95% DNA similarity with chimps? Evolutionists have proposed similarities exceeding 99%. The human genome was fully mapped in 2001. The chimpanzee genome is still incomplete. The similarities exist between similar structures and profound differences remain. Realize that we share a 50% DNA similarity with a banana. Regardless of a similarity of 1, 5 or 10 percent, an evolutionist will claim this is proof of common descent when it could also just as well be explained by a common Creator.
Yeah — phooey on your evidence! Another excerpt:
Paul spoke more truth in the first chapter of Romans than evolutionists do in volumes, “Professing to be wise, they became fools [etc., etc.].
No one can argue with that! And now we come to the end:
Many people suppose truth can be determined by their mere opinions or by popular vote. Truth is much more eternal than that.
Great letter! Very impressive. A fine addition to our collection.
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