Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Citizen of Dalton, Georgia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s titled Some further food for thought. The newspaper has a comments section, but there aren’t any yet.
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. We wrote about one of his earlier letters a month ago — see Creationist Wisdom #579: We Were Deceived! Excerpts from his latest letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Yes, by selective breeding, man has produced a variety of breeds among animals such as dogs, livestock, et al. But in spite of our extensive tinkering, they all continue to be dogs, livestock and et al. Nowhere, ever, have we found empirical proof that one species evolved into another. All we have is wishful thinking necessitated and predicated upon the false premise that we have had a time span of billions of years during which one species might have changed into another.
As with Maynard’s last letter, this one is another catalog of creationist clunkers, all of which we’ve debunked several times before, or are found in the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims. Because his arguments are so familiar, we won’t bother with any additional debunking. Maynard then says:
In that regard, please consider this: If our omniscient God and creator of all things designed an organic system that functioned perfectly in one of his creatures, why would he not use that fundamental design again and again in many different applications? In other words, the fact that we find similarities between species throughout nature is no more evidence for evolution than it is for a Universal Design Engineer who utilized a plethora of perfect designs and systems with great variety among animals throughout his world.
A “Universal Design Engineer.” Yes — oh yes! — that explains everything. Let’s read on:
Furthermore, scientists tell us that all matter, energy, time and space in the entire universe came from a supposed infinitely dense mass smaller than a BB that suddenly and mysteriously materialized out of “nothing” (if you can conceptualize “nothing”). Within seconds after its appearance (about 14 billion years ago) they say it began to expand in what scientists have named “the Big Bang.”
Gasp — that’s ridiculous compared to the simple explanation in Genesis! Maynard continues:
Within this unimaginable chaos of expansion and moving things there were untold gazillions of random collisions which gradually formed into the order of elements, galaxies, stars, planets, etc. They say gravity did most of this work, but we still don’t know how or why gravity does what it does. We can only marvel at how it came to be a finely-tuned force precisely calibrated to accomplish exactly what it does. If gravity was a tad stronger, or a tad weaker, it would not have done what it has done — and we would not be here.
Yeah, where would we be without gravity? Here’s more:
I tell you this to encourage you to think — by pointing out that it takes a lot of faith to believe what “science” has told us about origins. Accordingly, it seems to me, that regardless of which route you take, whether you decide to believe in creation or in evolution, the bottom line is totally a matter of faith, not proven fact.
Only a fool would disagree. And now we come to the end:
Faith in God. Or faith in … “nothing.” The choice is yours.
Well said, Maynard! Great letter.
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