Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Oakland Press, published in Pontiac, Michigan. It’s titled Is it possible to still be a creationist? Evolution is a leap of faith. The newspaper has a comments feature.
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. Mark T. Wuggazer, interim senior pastor at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Macomb, Michigan. 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:
Many devout Christians, Jews and Muslims struggle with the issue of Creation and Evolution because our society teaches that the issue is settled — that evolution is a fact and creationism is a myth. We are told that science is on the side of evolution and if one wants to believe in creation, one must suspend reason and logic.
Yes, we hear that a lot. The rev says:
Not true. God is not anti-science. The Bible is not anti-science. Science is a gift from God that helps us understand what He created. In fact, science sometimes is not evolution’s friend at all. Evolution requires you to make a leap of faith — three leaps, actually. God also asks His believers to make similar leaps of faith.
Egad — three leaps of faith? What are they? The rev tells us:
Evolution asks its believers to make the leap of faith that something came from nothing. Science cannot explain how something (a whole lot of something, actually) came from nothing. Theoretical physicists such as Steven Hawking have good-sounding theories, but they are nothing but the musings of very smart people — not based on evidence. They also tend to be based on circular reasoning such as: “The universe came from whatever was before it,” or, “It’s here, so it must have happened somehow.”
That’s not very convincing! The rev continues:
Neither of these ideas is science. They are leaps of faith. God asks believers to make the same kind of leap: That He alone spoke the universe into existence. Of course, this leap is also not based on scientific discovery and evidence. The point is that one way or the other, you have to make a leap of faith that cannot be arrived at with the help of science.
Wow — it’s one leap or another! This is confusing. Here’s the second leap:
Evolution asks its believers to make the leap of faith that life came from nonlife — that living creatures came from stones. The best evolution can offer is the idea that “somehow” given enough time, and the right conditions, it appened. Again, this is circular reasoning and completely lacking in scientific evidence. In fact, the simplest form of life, a single-cell bacteria, is mind-bogglingly complex. … The simplest form of life contains over 40 billion atoms. All of these atoms must be lined up in exactly the right order to do these operations. The statistical probability that this would happen randomly surpasses our ability to define it. Yet the evolutionist asks us to believe it just happened. On its own. With no help.
That sounds crazy! However:
God asks us to make a similar leap of faith — that He alone created life from its simplest to its most complex forms.
The mind boggles! Here comes the third leap:
Evolution asks its believers to make the leap of faith that humans evolved from nonhumans. While the fossil evidence suggests this, no scientist has ever designed an experiment to observe or observed in nature the evolution of one species into another. Evolution posits a theory based on fossils and asks us to believe it happened. God asks us to make a similar leap of faith — that He created humans from the dust of the earth.
So how can we decide? The rev offers a helpful way to find the truth:
Consider the soul. No believer denies the existence of the soul. Humans alone have a soul. It is part of what is meant by being made in God’s image. If humans evolved from apes, that means a nonhuman animal without a soul gave birth to a human with a soul. Nothing could be more ridiculous.
He’s right! And now we come to the end:
Every person must make a leap of faith. The question is: Which is it going to be? A leap into the arms of evolutionists or the leap into the arms of God?
When it’s put that way, the answer is quite simple. Great letter, rev!
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