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 — Mark Wingfield, described as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Grottoes. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
The rev begins by describing some TV show, the name and source of which he can’t remember, about some underwater ruins — or something — off the coast of South Korea. He says:
What got my attention was a comment one of the experts made concerning what it could be. He said whatever was down there had to be manmade because it had such order, that the observable distinguishable pattern indicated that whatever it was, it had to have been put there intentionally. I smiled to myself as this man stated the classic argument for an intelligent designer, a.k.a. an argument for the existence of God, whether he meant to or not.
[*Groan*] That’s the kind of argument we see all the time from the Discovery Institute — see, for example, The Discoveroids’ Design Detector in Action. The rev then tells us:
If you walk through a forest and see a pile of neatly stacked rocks, you don’t assume they got there by random chance; you assume that they were placed that way by an intelligent being who had a specific design in mind.
Yes, we know. Then the rev gives a few other examples of the same sort of thing, which we can skip. You know where he’s going, don’t you? Let’s read on:
This is common sense. No one would argue against it. Yet, many of the same people who would acknowledge that things with distinct order in our world today come from an intelligent designer will argue that the universe was formed randomly, by chance, with no great mind and power behind the details, details which are infinitely more complex than the care it would take to stack a pile of rocks in the woods.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! If a pile of neatly stacked rocks in the woods is intelligently designed, then what about universe? Well, what about it — huh? Huh? The rev continues:
We are living in a time where consistency and rational thought is no longer required. This is a time where a man can admit that a simple building can’t construct itself and then turn around and say that no intelligent designer/creator is necessary concerning the perfect placement of our earth in the solar system so that we don’t burn up or freeze or concerning the intricacies of things like DNA coding, photosynthesis and gravitational pull.
Yes, it’s frustrating to see how irrational people can be. We’ll skip his rant about gays and abortions. Here’s some more:
The faulty thinking so many proudly put on display for the rest of us to endure often finds root in a rejection of a sovereign God as creator. Start there, end up right where we are. I once had a teacher who told us to “Put on our thinking caps!” Those words make no sense to many people in today’s culture, but they surely are needed.
The rev is frustrated that no one is thinking any more — no one but him. Moving along:
If saying that an intelligent mind is needed to build a watch but not design the universe makes me wise according to the world, then call me a fool. I’m OK with that!
As you wish, rev. And now we come to the end:
God gave me a mind, and I intend to use it for His glory, regardless of how that may look to the world.
Well, dear reader. The rev says you’re guilty of faulty thinking. Whatcha gonna do about it?
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