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 today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Larry Sitz of the Kedron Church Of Christ, which has no website. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Christians accept by faith that God exist [sic], because the bible tells us He does, and that He is the creator of all things. Humanist on the other hand believe that all that is the earth and the universe, came into being by mere chance with a giant explosion. God can neither be scientifically proved or disproved, because no one can present God as proof that He exist [sic]. Likewise, science can not prove that the universe and earth came into existence from nothing and evolved into this complex planet that we inhabit today.
Yes, that sums it up nicely. But the rev has even more to say about the futility of science:
Science itself declares that matter can neither be created or destroyed, so where did matter for a big explosion come from in the beginning? Scientific experimentation cannot prove that the universe came into being haphazardly by chance and neither can it disprove the existence of an all powerful creator. So, where does that leave us?
Egad — nobody has any proof of anything! Let’s read on:
Since we can’t use God’s word as proof in this discourse, because humanist don’t believe it is God’s word [the fools!], where can we go? First I would say, we can go to nature and look at the things that are. If we look at the delicate wings of a hummingbird and contrarily the armor like toughness of a rhino’s skin, we see a design and order that is incomprehensible to our human mind. Look at the sunrise, the stars, the sea, and the rain. Every single leaf. each blade of grass … .
Ah yes, it’s the familiar “Look out the window!” argument. Some find it persuasive. The rev continues:
Let’s just look at a few facts of our earth and solar system. (Encyclopedia Britannica) Could it be by mere chance we are exactly the right distance from the sun, which by the way has a surface temperature of near 12000 degrees, to keep us from burning up or being frozen solid? Is it by chance that our planet rotates on its axis at the speed it does … There are tens of thousands of other things that must be “just right” for life to exist on our planet. I can not see one chance in several million of this being a haphazard accident that we are here.
The rev finds it amazing that we evolved on a planet that was favorable for life. It would have been far more amazing, however, if we found ourselves in an environment that was hostile to life. Actually, the rev is using the Douglas Adams story of the puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, [it] may have been made to have me in it!” The Discoveroids think it’s a good argument for intelligent design — see Discovery Institute: What Are They Thinking?
Here’s more from the rev:
No one can ever disprove the existence of God by any means, and neither can they validate their theory of evolution, since something evolving from nothing is impossible.
Having utterly demolished the theory of evolution — to his satisfaction — the rev closes the letter with this conclusion:
We as Christians believe that God is our creator, who made the universe and all that is in it. Our faith in God, his power, and his truth, revealed to us through his holy word, is the only valid argument that makes any sense to me. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” Genesis 1:1
Most impressive! We wouldn’t dream of trying to debate with the rev. His arguments are too strong.
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