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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