Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It’s titled Intelligent design proof of ‘good creator’. An icon below the headline takes you to the newspaper’s 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. He’s a church elder at Faith Baptist Fellowship, but not a preacher, so he doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. We’ll use only his first name, which is Jeff. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
A segment of society considers opposition to evolution as anti-science.
Gasp — that’s outrageous! Then he mentions an earlier letter claiming that “the scientific evidence is actually in favor of intelligent design.” It was criticized by a later one which said that the evidence should have been presented. Jeff now steps in to fill that void. He says:
[O]ne of the pillars of evolution, the Miller-Urey experiments, used faulty assumptions about the early earth atmosphere.
Everyone knows about the Miller–Urey experiment, which demonstrates how complex organic compounds can be generated by natural causes. Creationists have been complaining about it for years — see, for example: Casey and the Miller-Urey Experiment, #2. But Jeff has even more evidence, such as:
… the staggering odds against amino acids coming randomly together in a way that would create a cell. [And] how finely tuned the systems in a body must be to sustain life and that such complexity would not be built by random processes.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That isn’t evidence of intelligent design. It’s William Paley’s watchmaker analogy. Let’s read on:
Even if [the earlier letter] had presented evidence, [the later letter-writer] would not want to accept it, since he has concluded that an intelligent designer of our “violent and random” world would be “malevolent or a buffoon.”
Well, what about that? It’s a reference to theology’s Problem of evil. Does Jeff have an answer? He takes a shot at it:
We certainly live in a violent and cruel world. But, is that the fault of the intelligent designer? Suppose that a designer created a perfect world and that world was to always be perfect. That would not be a world for humans, but for robots. Since humans have free will, a world that was made perfectly has the potential for evil to emerge.
[*Sigh*] We’re back in the Garden with Adam & Eve. Okay, they chose sin, and that somehow cursed us all. But what about natural disasters — earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, hurricanes, plagues, etc. Unless Jeff intends to blame those things on Adam & Eve, the designer has some explaining to do. Jeff tries his best:
The fact that we judge our world as violent and cruel is an argument for the existence of a good designer. If a supreme good does not exist, then we have no basis for saying that things are not as they should be.
So when the lava flow is coming your way, and you think “This is bad!,” you should be grateful that the world had such a good designer. Okay. Moving along:
Christians know that God created the world and declared it to be good. But, humanity rebelled and all of creation has suffered as a result.
We knew we’d find Adam & Eve in there somewhere. And now we come to the end:
God, in the form of Jesus Christ, suffered as well in providing a way, for those who trust in him, to get to a perfect world. I invite [the second letter-writer] to examine this good creator.
There’s no way you can deny it, dear reader. The designer did a great job! Your Curmudgeon is embarrassed that he once wrote Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer.
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