Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Knoxville News Sentinel of Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s titled Life from God, not evolution. The newspaper has a comments feature, but you can’t see them (if there are any) without a subscription.
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 Donald. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Just a few words to address the sceptic [sic] views presented in the letter “Science supports evolutionary theory.” The writer said that “organic molecules formed spontaneously from basic ingredients.”
This is the letter that Donald found so disturbing, but it’s two weeks old and you can’t see it unless you’re a subscriber to that newspaper. We’ll have to proceed without it. Donald says:
This is found in science textbooks, but it is hardly established fact. The fact is there is more magic in spontaneous generation and transmutation of species than any idea of creation by divine fiat.
How does one compare the quantity of magic required for those things? Somehow, Donald has done it. Let’s read on:
The annoyed and bitter Richard Dawkins builds his theory on many assumptions that have no basis in science. The letter writer suggests that we accept his statement of philosophic questions as evidence that evolution is proven as the source of life on Earth.
Wonderful stuff! First, we’re told that Dawkins is “annoyed and bitter,” and his theory is unscientific. After that, Donald exhibits the common creationist confusion about: (a) the chemical origin of organic life; and (b) its subsequent evolution into various forms. Donald continues:
However perplexing these might be, God is almighty and necessary for the universe as it appears.
Okay. Here’s more:
The first cause is uncaused and sufficient. Evolution by natural selection is not a sufficient cause.
Aaaargh!! An uncaused cause violates the concept of causality. And what’s Donald saying about natural selection — that it’s not a sufficient cause for the universe? He’s probably right about that. Moving along:
A being powerful enough to speak into existence the world is certainly worthy of worship.
Indeed. Another excerpt:
The nature of free will in humans demands the existence of bad choices, which result in suffering.
Yes, that’s the cause of suffering. And now we come to the end:
The hope of redemption is the grace of God offered to all who will accept and follow Jesus Christ as Lord and the Bible as his revelation to a lost and suffering humanity.
So there you are. Listen to Donald. Abandon evolution and save yourself.
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