Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the West Sussex County Times of Horsham, in the county of Sussex, England. The letter is titled Glorious future. The newspaper has a comments feature, but there aren’t any comments yet.
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 PADDY BERESFORD, of St John’s Church in West Sussex. It’s an Anglican church, and therefore unlikely to be creationist. Technically, this doesn’t belong in our collection, but we can’t resist. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In the ‘X files’, Mulder says, ‘When science can’t offer an explanation, can’t we turn to the fantastic?’ Scully replies, ‘What I find fantastic is any notion that there is anything beyond science.’
What does that have to do with anything? Be patient, it’s coming:
Stephen Hawkins [sic] in his conclusion of ‘A brief History of Time’ says: ‘The usual scientific approach of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the question of why there should be a universe for the model to describe.
Stephen Hawkins? We think he has some connection to Sadie Hawkins Day. Let’s read on:
‘Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?’ Science just can’t answer that question.
Science is so limited. It’s for fools! The rev continues:
The scientific age has produced a society that walks through life with its gaze fixed almost entirely on the present.
So true. So tragically true! Here’s more:
People with faith are different, here, vision is not limited to the present because God has revealed certain facts about an eternal future that is far superior to anything we know here.
[*Curmudgeon swoons*] Moving along:
We are therefore a hopeful people whose eyes gaze naturally on the ‘now’ but also on a glorious future.
The rev concludes his inspiring letter with what he says is a quote from C.S. Lewis:
Aim at heaven and you will have the earth thrown in. Aim at the earth and you will get neither.
So there you are. It wasn’t a creationist letter, but it was a good letter, and a worthy addition to our collection.
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