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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