Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the fifth biggest-selling regional evening newspaper in Britain, the Shropshire Star of Ketley, in Shropshire. Charles Darwin was born in Shropshire. The letter is titled Darwin’s theories an argument for non-believers to hide behind. 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. But we can’t use his first name because he only gives us his first initial. We don’t know what to call him. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I am told that evolution scientists believe in Darwinism, a paradigm just 150 or so years old.
We are dealing with a powerful intellect here, dear reader. His arguments are so incredible that we won’t do much rebutting. He then says:
A paradigm cannot be definitely proved, no more than creation by an all powerful, all knowing being outside of this universe. It is a collection of ideas and theories which those who do not want to believe in God hide behind.
Ah, so that’s what it is. Let’s read on:
As I understand their argument, or creed, it is that once upon a time billions of years ago there was nothing, then lo and behold an explosion occurred. This explosion brought into being gases and elements which had not been there before! This is all conjecture and neatly gets over the problem of everything coming from nothing, not a scientific fact, but, hey, they can believe it if they need to! Then, over billions of years the gases solidified, and gradually order came out of the chaos.
Yup — that’s evolution. Our mysterious letter-writer knows what he’s talking about. He continues:
Again, not a scientific concept. In all real experiments everything is breaking down and deteriorating, not becoming more complex unless there is an outside mind to order it.
That seems to be the creationists’ usual Second Law of Thermodynamics argument, but clumsily expressed. TalkOrigins easily debunks it. Here’s more:
In all this proliferation of order out of chaos our earth appeared, with an abundance of water and oxygen, absolutely essential for life, rotating around our sun in the right elliptical course at the right distance and speed, and angle. The moon also at the right distance away to allow life to exist. So far, in all the space exploration no other planet comes close to the complexity and wonder of our planet.
Wowie — our world is amazing! Then he tells us:
The sun is made up of hydrogen, it is burning up and the moon is slowly moving further from our planet in distances which are being measured.
The sun is burning up and the moon is moving away! What does our letter-writer make of that? We’re about to find out:
Had the moon been moving away at a steady rate as measured at present, then only a few thousand years ago it would have been close enough to greatly increase the tides making our tsunamis look like normal tides! Life on land would have been far worse than anything we fear from global warming!
The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims discusses that — well, not that precise point, but close enough: the moon is receding, and the earth’s rotation is slowing down, at rates too fast for the earth to be billions of years old. Then the letter-writer tells us about the sun:
If the sun is burning up at a steady, measurable rate, how big and hot would it have been, and how close to the earth the billions of years claimed for the earth’s existence?
Lordy, lordy — this guy thinks the sun is literally burning, as in combustion. We don’t recall seeing that argument before — at least not since the process of hydrogen fusion was understood. And now we come to the end:
But never mind, Darwinists believe this un-provable narrative however un-provable or unreasonable, so long as they don’t allow a divine foot in the door.
This guy has it all figured out. Great letter!
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