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 Norm Fields, minister of Church of Christ Northside in LaGrange, Georgia. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
I recently saw a Facebook post, with an accompanying video, making the claim that one of the candidates on the ticket in the presidential election this year is, in fact — gasp! — a Creationist. The article was reporting this news as though it was some awful revelation about the candidate that should disqualify him from public office. In one video, a so-called reporter was demanding to the candidate that if he believed in special creation then he didn’t believe in science.
That’s outrageous! The rev explains why:
Evolution, after all, is “established” science, right? Well, actually, no — it is not at all “established” science. There is not one single piece of definitive evidence for the “theory” of evolution at all! None! No, not one! Yet if someone expresses even the slightest doubt over the truthfulness of evolution, they are labeled a “religious nut” that doesn’t believe in science.
The rev doesn’t consider himself to be a religious nut. No indeed! After telling us that he prefers creationist candidates, and that “every single one of the Founders believed in special creation as the origin of life,” the rev says:
Evolution is much more of a “leap in the dark” blind faith than Christianity has ever been. The Bible actually defines biblical faith as being based on evidentiary facts.
Does it really? The rev gives us these bible quotes:
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” (Romans 1:20, NKJV).
“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1, NKJV).
No doubt about it. Those are evidentiary facts. Let’s read on:
The fact that there is something here now means that there has to be a first cause that has always been. Something cannot come from nothing! Nowhere in creation would we look at something with evident design and say it just happened — it came from nothing. We rationally and logically understand that it came from an intelligent designer. But we are supposed to believe, rationally and logically, that our universe, solar system and earth just happened?
Anyone who disagree with the rev must be a fool! He continues:
Everywhere we look in creation we see purposeful design and order. The rotation of the celestial bodies can be measured and predicted with mathematical precision.
After several other examples from the natural world, all of which are explained in high school science courses, the rev pounds away on his claim that such things are evidence supporting his supernatural beliefs:
So, who is a “science denier” in this scenario? is it the person who holds to a belief in complete “blind faith” without one shred of evidence for what they believe? Or, is it the one who has evidence for what they believe and can intelligently explain why they believe what they do? Certainly, we would say the former is the “science denier.” I have already said that evolution has zero evidentiary proof to support its claims. Where biblical Christianity has a great deal of evidence to supports its claims of special creation and intelligent design.
Verily, the rev is the man of science. Not persuaded yet, dear reader? Here’s more:
For example, evolution claims that life “evolved” — referring to macroevolution, i.e. molecules to man evolution — over “billions of years.” The current theory for the age of the earth is 4.5 billion years. However, if you extrapolate that many years back, based on current scientific fact, you would have the earth being inside the sun. At the current rate of the sun’s shrinkage, the surface of the sun would have been touching the surface of the earth 20 million years ago.
The shrinking sun. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims debunks that here: A shrinking sun indicates a young sun. Moving along:
Evolutionists say that macroevolution began somewhere around 500 million years ago, some say long before that. … [E]xtrapolating backwards at the current rate of the moon’s recession would put the moon touching the earth in a fraction of the years evolutionists claim for the age of the earth.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims debunks that one too — see The moon is receding at a rate too fast for an old universe. And now we come to the end:
This is barely scratching the surface of all the evidence for special creation and intelligent design. Yet, somehow, those claiming belief in the biblical account of creation are science deniers and those claiming belief in evolution — despite the total lack of any evidence at all — are “scientific.” Absurd!
So there you are, dear reader. The rev has evidence on his side, and you have nothing!
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