Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Lincoln County News, a weekly newspaper in Newcastle, Maine (popu1ation 1,752). It’s titled The Only Viable Explanation, and the newspaper has no 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. It’s Rev. David O’Donnell of the Faith Baptist Church of Newcastle. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
The scientific method is limited to that which can be tested, reproduced, or falsified. Anything which lies outside those parameters is not science, but is in the realm of faith.
Not bad. The rev doesn’t mention that science is based on verifiable evidence, but he probably understands that — at least your benevolent Curmudgeon will make that assumption — for the moment. Then he says:
The theory of intelligent design is ridiculed as “religious doctrine” and pseudo-science, while the justification for the ridicule is that creation is unprovable, therefore unreliable. Yet so is the theory of evolution unprovable and therefore unreliable. Therefore, evolution is a faith-based theory and not empirical scientific fact. Evolution is an unguided process of natural selection.
Oooops — we were wrong. The rev has no understanding of the role that evidence plays in science, nor does he know what a theory is. Let’s read on:
The theory of evolution is woefully inadequate to explain the observable universe today. The universe is a universe governed by laws. Where did those laws come from? The first law of thermodynamics, inertia, states that matter can only be changed but can be neither created nor destroyed. Where did the matter come from that was involved in the “Big Bang?”
Hey — the rev is right — the theory of evolution doesn’t explain those things! He continues:
Evolution is nothing more than a search for an explanation of the origin of life that does not include God. I believe the intelligent design model answers far more questions than the evolutionary model. Yes, I firmly believe that God created this world.
The rev may be on to something — the God of the gaps theory explains everything! Here’s more:
Here are some other questions that evolution cannot answer. How did life spring from non-life? How did every species develop male and female at the same time with all the reproductive organs and components necessary to bear offspring? How did our cellular information evolve, where each cell in our body communicates with the rest of the body, all 37.2 trillion of them? How can our body replicate DNA, exactly 3.7 billion pieces of information, 242 billion times a day? How did our thought process evolve? How did our memory evolve? By what evolutionary process can the eye be explained? The questions are endless.
If you want to dive into that mess of goo, dear reader, go right ahead. We’re not going to bother with any of it, but we won’t stand in your way. We assume that the rev’s theory can answer those questions, and that he will reveal it to us. Moving along:
The simple conclusion is that evolution is an inadequate faith-based theory, a theory that sates complex life evolved from simple life. The law of irreducible complexity dispels that notion.
The “law” of Irreducible complexity? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Another excerpt:
Admittedly, there is some indication of micro-evolution (adaptations of species). Where are the new life forms that evolution should, by the very nature of the theory, be producing? There are only extinctions taking place.
That was devastating! And now we come to the thrilling end, where the rev answers all the questions he raised:
I believe that intelligent design/creation is not only a credible explanation for life as we know it, I believe it is the only viable explanation for life.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What a wonderful letter! Thanks, rev.
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