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 an exception. It’s Max T. Russell, described at the end as a writer “for the international business intelligence and nonprofit communities.” He’s also written a few books, but they’re not about religion or creationism. Here’s his Amazon listing: Books by Max T Russell. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
American Christians ought to quit belly-aching about their faith being under attack. Everybody is under attack these days, especially on the internet. If you feel persecuted for your faith, don’t feel special. Chances are that what you call faith is just your opinion about what God thinks.
A strange beginning. Then he spends a few paragraphs talking about abortion — a subject which doesn’t interest us, so we’ll skip that and move on:
Another alleged attack on faith is evolution. Many Christians complain that a widespread indoctrination into Darwinian evolution has taken over. Taken over what? What do you teach yourself and your children about the origins of the universe?
The universe? Let’s read on:
I’ve studied evolution hard, and I have more questions and doubts about it than when I started.
Max has “studied evolution hard,” but he has doubts. What might those be? He continues:
I believe all that garbage in the Preamble to the Constitution about people being “created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hey, Max — all that “garbage” is in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.
So far in his discussion of evolution, Max has mentioned the origin of the universe, and he has shown that he knows nothing about American history. We’re still waiting for something about evolution. Here’s more:
An atheistic Purdue chemist told me recently, “Evolution is just a theory!” He doesn’t rely on it for his understanding of the world, and he isn’t bothered by it. I’m not, either.
This is great! In addition to the other gaping holes in his grasp of things, Max also has no understanding of what a scientific theory is. Moving along:
People who say we should find truth and meaning for life amid scientific theories of chaos, chance and natural selection are exhibiting extraordinary faith in how they do science. Not too many people laying a loved one to rest or receiving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer will find comfort in those theories.
Yeah — what good is evolution? It’s “just a theory,” and all that nonsense about “chaos, chance and natural selection” doesn’t comfort the bereaved. Another excerpt:
But we all live with inner contradictions we don’t have time to sort out. We should be able to have discussions without feeling our faith is threatened.
Well, at least Max doesn’t feel his faith is threatened. This is the last of his discussion of evolution:
Is your goal to convince others of your view of creation? I reject all explanations of creation. I keep it simple: “In the beginning, God….”
The rest of the letter is about “same-sex issues.” We have no interest in that, so this is where we’ll leave Max. He says he has “studied evolution hard,” and we’ve seen the result. Great letter, Max!
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