Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier of Mattoon, Illinois. The letter is titled World full of evidence of intelligent creator . The newspaper has a comments feature.
Because today’s 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 Jack. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Susan, you say that God is merely a figment of man’s imagination. In a few words, you proclaim to all the world that there is no God. If that be so, I have a question.
We assume “Susan” is the author of an earlier letter, but neither she nor her letter are identified. Anyway, what is Jack’s question for her? He tells us:
Why do you spend so much time and energy fighting against an entity that you say does not exist? I’ll give this much, you certainly are going out of your way attempting to prove your point. Or could it be, that in the recesses of your mind, you are wrestling with your very creator?
Yeah, what is Susan’s problem? Let’s read on:
I don’t propose to change your mind, as you have made it very clear that you will not be persuaded to do so. I simply ask you to stand in front of a mirror and look at yourself with an open enquiring mind.
What’s supposed to happen when Susan looks at herself in a mirror? Jack continues:
Ask yourself how the human body could have come to be by mere happenstance, or be evolution, as some might say. The many parts in the makeup of the human body interacting with each other are miracles in themselves. Each organ, each muscle and bone work in unison with all others to make up these magnificent life forms that scientists call homo-sapiens, or simply human beings.
We’ve seen that “look in the mirror” argument before — for example, Creationist Wisdom #596: Don’t Need No Science! — but it’s far less common than the ever-popular “look out the window” argument. As good as the mirror evidence is, it’s not the only evidence Jack has for Susan. Here’s more:
Not good enough? Look, if you will, at our sun.
Huh? Where is Jack going with this? Prepare to be surprised, dear reader: Jack says:
It has shown brightly and in undiminished intensity for thousands, if not millions of years. Never burning out. Always on time. It rises every morning as it has for a millennia. You can set your watch by its time. And we do.
Wow — the sun rises every morning at the same time! We never knew that. There’s only one more sentence in Jack’s letter, but he hints that he has even more evidence:
This world is so full of evidence for the belief in an intelligent creating God that I cannot begin to name it all.
We have no doubt that Jack has changed Susan’s mind. Has he also changed yours, dear reader?
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