Creationist Wisdom #705: Darwin Was Wrong

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Tri-County News of Kiel, Wisconsin, and they don’t have a comments section. Their headline is Science re-thinking evolution.

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 have a preacher — Deacon Bernard “Pat” Knier of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. We understand that Catholic deacons are ordained, so we’ll refer to him as rev. We’ll give you some excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Science to re-think ideas about evolution, Darwin had it all wrong. Vanity of vanities; we think we know it all. I was reading an article recently from The National Catholic Register titled “Real presence challenges science” by Patti Armstrong.

This is the article the rev is talking about, which begins with this:

Ron Tesoriero, a Catholic lawyer and documentary maker from Australia, has considered the scientific findings from three Eucharistic miracles and is using them to present an argument that challenges prevailing scientific thought on the creation and evolution of life.

The rev’s letter is all about those Eucharistic miracles. He says:

The scientific investigation reveals that what was previously bread (a host) had transformed into living heart tissue and that complex life has come into existence spontaneously from non-living matter.

Amazing! Let’s read on:

You may remember a previous article about this subject that I shared with you some time ago involving the Eucharistic miracle in Argentina that occurred in 1996. Similar studies were performed by different teams of scientists on the miraculous bleeding host that occurred in Lanciano, Italy in 750 A.D. and the most recent miracle that occurred in Sokolka, Poland on Oct. 12, 2008. All three findings of each scientific examination by separate teams of scientists concluded with the same results. They were all in fact human heart muscle living tissue, with human DNA, and the same AB blood type.

We found some links to discussions of those miracles. There’s not much we can say about the one from 750 AD, but Wikipedia has a write-up on it: Miracle of Lanciano. As for the two recent events, this is about the one in Argentina: A Eucharistic Miracle in Argentina, and here’s the other one Apparent Eucharistic Miracle in Poland Reveals What Catholics Already Know. Okay, back to the rev’s letter:

According to Tesoriero, “the standard set out by Darwin, the father of the Theory of Evolution, is no longer tenable. (This is) because it states that all life forms of Earth today are the product of an evolutionary process over billions of years and must have evolved from a single, ancient cell created by chance.” Darwin had claimed in his book “The Origin of Species,” “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”

Egad — that’s exactly what Darwin said — see Origin of Species, Chapter 6 This looks serious! The rev continues:

So, it looks like by Darwin’s own words, God has completely blown his theory out of the water, (or element pool so to speak). So, where do we go from here to understand the origins of life and species?

Gasp! If Darwin was so spectacularly wrong, then where do we go? What should we believe? Here’s more from the rev:

Do we need to re-write all of the textbooks and re-teach all of the minds that were convinced of the idea that chimpanzees are our cousins? How can we ever find the funds or the initiative to begin such a monumental undertaking?

What is to be done? The rev suggests:

Maybe a good place to start is by looking to the past. Perhaps looking at a time when people respected the ideas of others and weren’t inclined to lead protests when we disagreed with them. We could look at attitudes of people in times when all human life was sacred (all lives mattered). We may look to a system that guided our thoughts so we knew the difference between right and wrong, good and evil.

Yes — we need to return to the good old days, when everything was wonderful! And now we come to the end of the rev’s letter:

The very thought — a time when humans believed they were divinely guided for a purpose, other than individual interpretation? Let’s think for a moment what most people believed in those days. It was written in a book called Genesis, and started with a familiar phrase, “In the beginning, when God created the Heavens and the Earth….”

Well, dear reader? Now that Darwinism is dead, it would seem that there is no alternative.

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16 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #705: Darwin Was Wrong

  1. Man, this beats the ‘fresh meat from a dinosaur’ find!

    And I presume the next step, having found human DNA in the ‘samples’, is to identify the individual?

  2. Is this not particularly opposed to Darwin, as much as Pasteur?

  3. michaelfugate

    Perhaps looking at a time when people respected the ideas of others and weren’t inclined to lead protests when we disagreed with them. We could look at attitudes of people in times when all human life was sacred (all lives mattered).

    So the good rev is a racist? And when was this mystical time when everyone held human life sacred? I think he conveniently forgets the ongoing Catholic protests over marriage equality and the ACA’s contraception allowance.

    Then there are the science issues – heart tissue? right. Some people are too gullible.

  4. The scientific investigation reveals that what was previously bread (a host) had transformed into living heart tissue and that complex life has come into existence spontaneously from non-living matter.

    What! No water into wine to wash this feast down? Incredible oversight.

    And yes, lets bring back those memorable happy days when everyone loved each other and sat around the bonfire watching the heretics burn and be tortured by the wonderful catholic inquisition.

  5. “…..a time when humans believed they were divinely guided for a purpose….” Right!!! Love xtian thought! Ya know when we were convinced that we are slaves to be led around thru our lives for the purposes of the master. Ya something to really strive for!

  6. OK, rev, next time you get hold of some of that Eucharist mystery meat, take it to a good molecular biology lab. We could find out it the “H” really does stand for haploid. And if it doesn’t, maybe you’d have half of god’s DNA and we could figure out just how much of his/her/its image we’re made of. What fun.

  7. docbill1351

    Two words for Deacon Tesoriero:Serratia marcescens.

    In other words, behold a mold! There’s a fungus among us!

  8. Doctor Stochastic

    And blessing the Host doesn’t break the mold.

  9. As I read Deacon Knier’s credulous claims about communion wafers having turned into human heart tissue — AN’ THIS HAS BEEN PROVED BY SCIENTISTS AN’ AN’ AN’ — I was reminded of the tricks of the “psychic surgeons,” many of whom practice their frauds in, yes, South America. Producing a piece of bleeding tissue to offer as evidence is child’s play to them. It sounds as if Knier is simply being fooled by a new riff on the old scam.

    We could look at attitudes of people in times when all human life was sacred (all lives mattered).

    Like others here, I fell off my chair laughing.

  10. If human DNA is available in the “samples”, the logical next step would be to clone Jesus, right?

  11. According to Tesoriero, “the standard set out by Darwin, the father of the Theory of Evolution, is no longer tenable. (This is) because it states that all life forms of Earth today are the product of an evolutionary process over billions of years and must have evolved from a single, ancient cell created by chance.” Darwin had claimed in his book “The Origin of Species,” “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
    . . .
    So, it looks like by Darwin’s own words, God has completely blown his theory out of the water, (or element pool so to speak). So, where do we go from here to understand the origins of life and species?

    Er . . . even supposing these miraculous events actually occurred, what does this have to do with whether the theory of evolution is true or not?

    The Darwin quote is irrelevant here, since the “heart tissue” into which the host supposedly transformed didn’t have to evolve. Actual hearts did, of course, but that has nothing to do with these purported miracles. the quote from Genesis is not only irrelevant but inaccurate: there is no “when” in that sentence.

    By the way, it’s worth noting that the “miracle” of the Eucharist was exploited by early enemies of Christianity as “proof” that Christians were cannibals.

  12. Dave Luckett

    I don’t suppose it’s worth making this quibble, but as I understand it, the good deacon is in heresy against the doctrines of his own faith. Again, as I understand it, the elements of the Eucharist – the wafer and the wine – are in substance the body and blood of Christ, but not in physical outward form. Examine them as you will, they are wafer and wine in outward form. It is their substance, meaning their inward spiritual reality, that is altered.

    Yes, yes, I know this is crazy. But it means that you can’t test a blessed communion wafer and find that it is actually human heart tissue.

    But there is more. Since it really has been “transubstantiated”, and has, in substance, become the Body of Christ, whoever has performed this test, or rather, caused it to be performed, has committed an awful act of blasphemy and one specifically prohibited by the words Christ himself, echoing Deuteronomy: Matthew 4:7, “Scripture says, “Thou shalt not put the Lord thy God to the test”.

    And here we have Deacon Knier in heresy and approving of blasphemy. I wonder if the authorities of the Church will deal with him?

  13. Dave Luckett is right. The Deacon has failed to understand Saint Thomas Aquinas’s doctrine of accidence and essence. The only comparable stupidity I can think of is PZ Myers demonstrating that the Host can’t be infected with tetanus. (He’d been anticipated by a Graham Greene story, BW)

  14. H. K. Fauskanger:
    “If human DNA is available in the “samples”, the logical next step would be to clone Jesus, right?”

    Thus bringing about the Second Coming.

  15. The deacon also goes against current church doctrine that evolution is true- with some incomprehensibly forced exceptions for Adam and Eve, of course.