Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Rockdale Citizen of Rockdale County, Georgia, and it’s titled Denying God does not make the problem of evil go away; it makes God that much more necessary. The newspaper has a comments feature, but there aren’t any yet.
We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. But today’s letter is quite an exception. This is the fourth time we’ve featured a letter from John Pearrell, pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington, Georgia. The church’s website says they’re affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The first of the rev’s letters was here: #322: The Preacher, the second was #350: The Preacher Returns, and this was the third: #402: The Preacher Again.
We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s latest letter — the worst of them all — enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
As scientific evidence accrues, the realization that we are not here by blind chance is becoming abundantly clear. Some renowned scientists have even observed that had Darwin been aware of the scientific information we have at our disposal today, his theory of evolution would never have been advanced.
Renowned scientists have said that? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We love the rev’s letters! Then he says:
The vocal atheist Richard Dawkins agrees that life on Earth is not the result of random chance. With this understanding, he publicly declared that while he agrees that the universe as we know it must have a designer behind it, he chooses to believe in “little green men seeding the earth with life-forms.” In his mind, unknown unseen aliens are a better explanation for what we observe today, than is a cosmic designer.
Dawkins thinks the universe had a designer? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:
Since scientific evidence points more and more to God, I have noticed that the arguments against God have become negative arguments. That is, we can no longer claim that all the evidence for life points toward time-plus-random-chance (all the evidence points to a designer of some sort, be it a God or little green aliens).
Yes, all the evidence points to a designer. The rev continues:
The main argument used now against God is there cannot be a God because of the evil that exists in the world. The problem of evil is not a new problem.
Everyone knows about Problem of evil, but we don’t hear much about it from scientists. The rev must be listening to a higher source. Skipping some bible quotes, here’s more:
Is the existence of evil a reasonable basis for non-belief? Let’s examine that.
First of all, to argue for the existence of evil, one has to be able to tell evil from good; there has to be a standard of some sort whereby we distinguish between the two. In short, the person who argues for evil must do so from the standpoint of a universal moral law. In order to have a universal moral law, there has to be a universal law-giver. Therefore, the existence of evil far from being an argument against God really points to the necessity of God.
Hey — that’s neat! The existence of evil is proof of God. We always enjoy encountering new arguments. Moving along:
If you are a non-believer in a God because of the problem of evil in our world, let me ask you a question: Does that really make you feel better? Does not believing that there is a God really make the problem of evil any less painful? To me it would seem that a recognition of the evil that does exist in our world while clinging to a belief that there is no real purpose for it and no possibility of relief from it, far from making it more bearable, would in fact make it intolerable.
God makes evil tolerable. That’s another great new argument. Now we’re skipping to the end:
Yes, as a believer I must deal with the problem, but so must the atheist. Denying God does not make the problem go away nor does it make evil somehow less evil. What it does do is relegate the problem to random meaninglessness and remove any hope of good ultimately overcoming the evil.
We are grateful to the rev for another fine addition to our collection.
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