Creationist Wisdom #627: Under the Bedsheets

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in both the Rock Island Argus and The Dispatch of Moline, Illinois. The title is Why argument for intelligent design is beyond question. The newspapers’ joint website has a comments feature.

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 Paul. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

The arguments for intelligent design is beyond question. Researchers who study biogenesis have always had to make a blind leap of faith to go from non-living matter to the simplest living organism.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Anyone who has even the briefest acquaintance with the scientific literature of Abiogenesis knows that the work being done to study the issue, beginning with self-replicating molecules, is anything but “a blind leap of faith.” But Paul thinks otherwise. He says:

When one listens to the arguments of origins of life between evolutionist and creationist, it sounds a lot like an atheist and an agnostic who fear to look under the covers because they may find God staring back at them.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A truly bizarre metaphor. Let’s read on:

So let us pull back the sheets and say the obvious: If you take the DNA of a person while they are still alive, then later take their DNA after their death, you will find that there is no difference.

Where is Paul going with that? He continues:

The understanding of the genome is important but the spirit and life inside us defies comprehension because it is not physical. It cannot be measured or seen under the most most powerful microscope.

Aha — we know what’s coming next. Paul is a devotee of Vitalism, described by Wikipedia as:

an obsolete scientific doctrine that living organisms are fundamentally different from non-living entities because they contain some non-physical element or are governed by different principles than are inanimate things.

Vitalism is indistinguishable from the Discoveroids’ concept of “information.” Here’s more from Paul:

The Bible tells us that God is a spirit and is invisible. We share an invisible spirit inside each of us that can be witnessed every time we lose someone close to us in death. Physically there is no change in a person who has died but he has lost that invisible spirit inside of him that we all know very well.

Yup — it’s vitalism. Moving along:

If you hear someone say that the dead is now worm food, that may be true but the real question is where did that person’s soul go to.

Yes, that’s the real question — but it’s entirely outside of the ability of science to investigate, so it’s left to theologians and mystics. This is the last of Paul’s letter:

Understanding science is great but understanding theology is far more important since it determines our eternal destination.

That’s what Paul sees when he peeks under the bedsheets. He seems sincere, so we’ll take his word for it.

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13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #627: Under the Bedsheets

  1. So God is under the sheets and the writer is talking about “take[ing] the DNA of a person”?

    Isn’t the 11th commandment Thou shalt not fantasize about committing adultery with God.?

  2. Paul declares, when it comes to death,

    the real question is where did that person’s soul go to.

    A worthy query! It’s right up there with the other Great Mysteries of Existence, viz.

    1. Whence goeth the light when I switch off the bulb?

    2. Doth the refrigerator light shineth ever on when I close the door?

    3. Doth the flavour of the chewing gum decrease during its nightly sojourn on the bedpost?

  3. “understanding theology is far more important”
    Ah, just an hour ago I felt inspired to practice some theology myself. And guess what? I can tell Paul where his soul won’t go after he has died!
    It’s simple. Human persons receive their souls – that invisible spirit that’s absent in a dead body – at their conception, ie when sperm fertilizes an egg. God is omniscient and perfectly righteous. So already at that moment he knows whether the soul deserves to go to Heaven or not. By means of spontaneous abortion he selects the deserving souls, who thus are saved the Vale of Tears called Earthly Life. All the others, including me, our dear SC and of course Paul, who are so unfortunate to have survived those first crucial days, obviously don’t deserve to go to Heave.
    Sorry Paul, all your efforts are vain. You may try as hard as you can, but you are doomed to fail.

  4. Perhaps Paul could also tell us how far Theology has come in exploring this important matter. Are there as many destinations for the soul as there are religions? Or is it more like airport luggage handlers, which are shared between airline companies? Do souls sometimes end up on the wrong conveyor belt, then?

  5. I love it when a creationist pontificates about duality and non-duality with their assortment of brightly colored crayons.

  6. Charles Deetz ;)

    “Physically there is no change in a person who has died.” Yes, Paul, stick to theology because science, no even reality, you have a poor grip on.

  7. And not one of these religious dimwit can show proof that there is anything beyond death. The best they can do is I feel it in my heart (which is nonsense) or the buyBull BS says so (again nonsense).

  8. “… it sounds a lot like an atheist and an agnostic who fear to look under the covers because they may find God staring back at them …”

    For some reason, I had an overwhelming association to a certain scene in The Grudge, conveniently available on YouTube:

  9. @mnbo-
    Congratulations!
    You have solved the problem of evil.

  10. Physically there is no change in a person who has died but he has lost that invisible spirit inside of him that we all know very well.

    Y’know, there kind of is a physical change. One easily checkable symptom is that the number of press-ups he can do declines precipitously.

  11. michaelfugate

    Like when I put the brake on without engaging the clutch pedal….
    that invisible spirit inside the engine is lost….

  12. “Physically there is no change in a person who has died. . . .”

    Physically, the chemistry of the body begins to change as soon as circulation stops and the blood ceases to transport chemicals into and out of cells. Thus begins the dissolution we could call “man to molecules.”

  13. The arguments for intelligent design is beyond question. Researchers who study biogenesis have always had to make a blind leap of faith to go from non-living matter to the simplest living organism.

    Actually, no. Research is ongoing regarding the various steps from nonliving matter to living organisms, while the “arguments” for “intelligent design” are either patently ridiculous, dishonest or both. As for the “blind leap of faith,” coming from a creationist this is outright funny.

    And this post would benefit from a little elementary proofreading: “are,” not “is,” should follow “arguments.” (English grammar 101: noun/verb number agreement.) Such basic blunders don’t do anything for its credibility, or its author’s. (Not that there’s much to begin with.)