Creationist Wisdom #706: Our Favorite Preacher

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Rockdale Citizen of Rockdale County, Georgia. It’s titled Faith is a belief based on evidence, and the newspaper has a comments section.

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. This is the sixth time we’ve featured a letter from John Pearrell, pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington, Georgia. The church’s website says they’re affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The first of the rev’s letters was here: #322: The Preacher, the second was #350: The Preacher Returns, this was the third: #402: The Preacher Again, the fourth was #601: The Preacher Yet Again, and the fifth was #679: Preacher Wins the Prize.

We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s newest letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:

Faith is an often misunderstood concept. For most people faith is a noun — something in which one believes. In the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, tenth edition, one of the definitions for faith is “a firm belief in something for which there is no proof.” Now that definition may be true when it comes to the subject of evolution, but it is far from the truth when it comes to what faith really is.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The rev is fantastic! Then he says:

If I were to suggest that the watch on your wrist came about by an incredible chance when glass and gears got mixed in an explosion, you would think I’m crazy. Rightly so. The evidence of design points to a designer. Few reading this article have ever actually met a watch-maker. But none reading this article would ever conclude that since they had never met a watch-maker, there must not be such a being as a watch-maker. No, you look at the evidence on your wrist and you conclude that there must be such a being as a watch-maker, even though you have never met one. The evidence, however, is conclusive.

Wow — that’s a powerful argument! We never heard it before. Oh wait — yes we have. It’s William Paley’s Watchmaker analogy. The Wikipedia write-up provides David Hume’s rebuttal. We don’t need to say more. Let’s read on:

The intricacy of the design of our universe points to an intelligent designer. The evidence is there. It is not anti-intellectual or unscientific to recognize that. What is unscientific is to look at the evidence and then insist that somehow the design we see and are a part of is a mere chance accident of natural selection. Indeed, we are told that had Darwin had access to the information we now possess regarding the intricacy of cells and DNA, he would have never advanced his misguided theory.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! If Darwin had a chance to converse with the rev, he would not only be unpersuaded, he’d probably throw up all over the preacher. The letter continues:

Today, we have that information and the only reason we have for continuing to hold tenaciously to a belief that we got here through natural selection is the epitome of belief in something for which there is no proof, or worse, sheer rebellion against the idea that if there is a Creator, we may actually one day have to give an account to Him.

He’s right, dear reader. It’s not yet too late to repent your wicked Darwinist ways. Here’s more:

Faith involves belief based on evidence, and is not a blind leap in the dark.

We’re skipping a silly analogy and jumping to the end:

Faith, true faith, is not intellectual agreement with something, it is personal action based upon evidence and trust.

Well, dear reader. How much longer will you continue to deny the rev’s facts?

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12 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #706: Our Favorite Preacher

  1. “Faith is a belief based on evidence” has to be one of the best oxymorons I’ve seen for awhile. These people just can’t accept faith on faith. They think that the only way to have “faith” is to prove it. I thought that faith was supposed to be something that you just accepted without proof as such. I guess that their faith just isn’t that strong if they think that they have to always prove it. Now on the other hand evolution is something that you can test and “prove” in the scientific sense.

  2. Indeed, we are told that had Darwin had access to the information we now possess regarding the intricacy of cells and DNA, he would have never advanced his misguided theory.

    Told by whom?

  3. pete moulton

    How much longer will I continue to deny the rev’s ‘facts?’ I dunno, SC. When’s he going to produce some?

  4. michaelfugate

    I noticed he said “…we may actually one day have to give an account to Him.” May? Doesn’t he know? If he has proof, then why is he weaseling with “may”?

  5. For the next one, I suggest “Carry On Preacher”.

  6. Of course, there’s a gigantic non sequitur between “there is a designer” and “Adam, Eve, Ark, Babel, Jesus” that most fundies who are enamoured with Intelligent Design fall into.

  7. The following is a copy of the comment I put on the newspaper’s comment’s section.
    “This preacher is violating one of the rules that Conon Doyle wrote into the Sherlock Holmes story’s: “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” The preacher’s position is to accept as fact a theory that has other explanations; he doesn’t have enough vidence to draw the conclusions that he does. In contrast to his position, the world of science has a wealth of information to support evolution.”
    The theological world seems to be full of nuts that haven’t any idea of what is necessary to support what they believe.

  8. Something our preacher won’t like – and neither Ol’Hambo: Proxima Centauri

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxima_Centauri

    may very well have an Earth-like planet. Unfortunately in Dutch:

    http://www.demorgen.be/wetenschap/wordt-de-vondst-van-een-derde-aarde-binnenkort-aangekondigd-b38f16a3/

    The planet very well might be rocky and have water …..
    German newspaper Der Spiegel predicts an announcement by ESO (European Southern Observatory) at the end of this month.
    I expect high alert mode from our dear SC.

  9. I do love it when creationist friends try to use the Watchmaker Analogy, assuming that because I’m a Christian I’ll just nod along with them in agreement.

  10. The continual letters without logic point to ADHD. But ADHDs make prolific preachers. I love this guy !

  11. mnb0 says: “Proxima Centauri may very well have an Earth-like planet.”

    I’m aware of it. What’s the big deal? I live on such a planet.

  12. You should ask Ol’Hambo what the big deal is, dear SC.