Today’s second letter-to-the-editor appears at the website of the Christian Post, which describes itself as “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website.” Their intriguing headline is Does Evolution Require More Faith Than Christianity?, and they have a comments feature. It’s actually a column from one of their regular contributors, but because of its quality, we’ll treat it as if it were a letter.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name, but this time we’ve got a preacher. It’s Dan Delzell, pastor of the Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Nebraska. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1) Most people recognize this text of Scripture. Christianity, however, isn’t the only worldview which requires faith.
Jeepers, what other worldview requires faith? The rev tells us:
Christianity relies upon a written record given to man over a period of about 1500 years. The theory of evolution, on the other hand, calls for blind faith in something that supposedly happened over billions of years.
Egad! We got it all wrong when we wrote Faith-Based and Evidence-Based Thinking. Now, thanks to the rev, we can correct our erroneous thinking. Let’s read on:
Christianity relies upon fulfilled prophecies as evidence that the Bible must have come from God. Evolution relies upon various experts who trust their version of what they think happened over a long period of time. Christianity relies upon Scripture which states that God created Adam and Eve as the first human beings. Evolution requires blind faith in the theory that man evolved from apes, which evolved from bacteria, which came from nothing.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The rev continues:
The only thing we find in nature is adaptation, or microevolution. Macroevolution, on the other hand, is not supported by scientific evidence. It’s mere fantasy and wishful thinking on the part of those who want it to be true. Christianity teaches that man is accountable to our Creator. Evolution leads many to assume that man is accountable only to himself. Christianity teaches that God defines “right” and “wrong.” Evolution leads many to assume that each person gets to define “right” and “wrong” according to whatever feels right at any particular moment.
Wow — it’s not only the micro-macro mambo, but also the lack of moral teachings in evolution. The rev knows his stuff! Then he gives us another great argument:
How convinced were the apostles concerning the truth of Christianity? Well, after seeing the risen Christ, they went out preaching repentance and salvation even though it cost most of them their lives. They became convinced of Christ’s resurrection from the dead once they saw and touched the risen Savior.
Now that’s solid proof! As it was for the Japanese Kamikaze pilots, and for today’s suicide bombers. Here’s more:
Meanwhile, evolution cannot produce evidence today of one kind of animal changing into another kind of animal. Therefore, this elaborate theory can only be accepted through blind faith. One kind does not change into another, either in the fossil record, or in observations of living organisms.
He’s right. No one has ever seen a crocoduck. Moving along:
Christianity does not teach the theory of evolution, and evolution knows nothing about eternal salvation in paradise through faith in the sacrificial death of the Son of God.
The letter goes on and on, but it gets repetitive. Here’s one more excerpt:
As for me, I am going to stick with Scripture. This too requires faith, but not the blind faith that evolution requires.
So there you are, dear reader. It seems that the choice is clear.
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