Today’s second letter-to-the-editor appears in the Arizona City Independent, a bi-weekly published by Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc. of Casa Grande, Arizona. The title is Our Marvelous Universe. The newspaper has a comments feature.
We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), but we’ll do it in this case. The letter-writer is
Pastor Jim Mumme of the Evangelical Methodist Church located in Arizona City, Arizona.
That’s a familiar name to our regular readers. We’ve written twice before about letters from that same preacher to that same newspaper. The first was #418: Arizona Preacher. Then we wrote #431: The Mummy Returns. Now he’s back again. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his latest letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
After starting with a scripture passage — always a good beginning! — the rev says:
The science magazines that I read regularly have interesting articles about black holes, dark matter, string theory, mysterious radiation sources, intellectual guesses about what is being observed (not always seen, but recorded electronically), and interpretations such as, “The universe is about 14 billion years old.”
The rev has impressed us with his efforts to absorb up-to-date information. Then he tells us:
The Hubbell [sic] Telescope that orbits the earth, and that has a clear view into deep space that is not hindered by pollution and moisture in our atmosphere, exists partly to get a longer view into space, and maybe find the boundary of the theoretical Big Bang that many scientists believe was the beginning of our present universe. If there was a Big Bang, then there should be an outer limit to it, or boundary. They haven’t found it yet, but many scientists persist in their faith that it has to exist.
Yes, the Hubble Space Telescope has been a failure. It hasn’t located the Great Boundary of the universe. Then the rev gives us the competing theory:
The biblical view of the universe is that a Supreme Intelligence (God) created a fully functioning, mature universe in the short interval of six 24-hour days. In other words, that the objects in space began their existence simultaneously, already growing, receding, radiating, appearing, disappearing, etc. The celestial objects began their existence thousands of light years away from us and from each other. They didn’t originate in a tiny spot of condensed matter that exploded thousands, maybe millions, maybe billions, of light years ago to account for their present locations in space.
That sounds good — as long as he doesn’t worry about how those distant stars were visible on Earth during Genesis week. Let’s read on:
The biblical view of living beings is that fully functioning mature (adult) humans, animals, insects, birds, fish, plants, etc. were created, and that life didn’t originate from non-life. No scientist has ever succeeded in creating life from non-life in laboratories, though many have tried, and none have observed it happening in nature.
Science fails again! The rev continues:
It is easy to see that either theory of the origin of the universe requires a great deal of faith.
Well, yeah! Science is all about faith. Here’s more:
The obvious existence of order and design in the universe supports the existence of an intelligent Creator for those who have faith in Him. For those who have a distaste for recognizing an authority greater than themselves, the search for contrary evidence must go on.
Right, that’s what drives those foolish scientists. Moving along:
So far, this search has proven to be very disappointing, although believers like Carl Sagan hang on to every new thread of hope through new discoveries in space.
Sagan is still hanging on? The rev’s letter began by mentioning all the science magazines he reads, but it seems that he has fallen a bit behind. Carl Sagan died in 1996.
The last paragraph is a bunch of bible stuff, so this is a good point at which to leave the rev’s letter. We can’t wait for the next one.
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