Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Tri-City Herald of Kennewick, Washington — where the skeletal remains of Kennewick Man were found 20 years ago. The letter is titled Science has not proved evolution, and the newspaper has a comments section.
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. He may own an art gallery, but that doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. His first name is Charles. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Gary Boothe [who wrote this earlier letter] says that it is encouraging that 60 percent of Americans now believe in evolution. I am not quite sure where he gets his statistics, but it simply means that 60 percent of Americans have been deceived by the anti-theistic doctrine asserting that science has proved evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Charles doesn’t read very well. That earlier letter cited and linked to this Pew Research poll, which reported what people think is the scientific consensus. It didn’t mention “proof.” We’re off to a great start. Then Charles says:
Evolution is not science and science has not nor can prove evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Charles doesn’t know what a scientific theory is. Theories, unlike theological doctrines, are comprehensible and testable explanations of facts. Theories can be disproved — but never proved — by verifiable evidence and observations. If a theory continues to successfully survive testing, it is accepted, but always provisionally, because new evidence may be found that contradicts it. In the case of evolution, there is no contradictory evidence. That’s why it is all but universally accepted by scientists. Let’s read on:
It is true that the creation of the universe and mankind by God, the Creator, cannot be proved scientifically, but the natural laws of science can be.
The first part of that sentence is true, but what does Charles mean when he says “the natural laws of science” can be proved? And why does he change from talking about theories to laws? Doesn’t he understand the difference? He continues:
Actually science tends to prove creation as told in the Book of Genesis.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! This guy gets everything wrong! Here’s more:
The flawed doctrine of evolution says that the universe needed millions of years to evolve from nothing into something. That is ludicrous.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Now evolution is a “doctrine.” And like so many creationists, Charles thinks it includes cosmology. Moving along:
Evolution requires an increase in complexity over time, but in reality everything decreases in order over time. That is the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which is verifiable and provable.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims has several items on that clunker, but this should be enough. And now we come to the end:
God created the universe not millions of years ago, but probably 6,000 years ago. The un-prejudicial study of science tends to prove this.
This was spectacular! Charles had at least one major blunder in every sentence. His letter is a fine addition to our collection.
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