Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Globe of Worthington, Minnesota. It’s titled Intelligent design vs. evolution is not much of an argument. The newspaper doesn’t have a comments section.
Today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, so ordinarily we wouldn’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but this one is an exception. His name is Mike Bogle. He’s been a long-time contributor to our Creationist Wisdom series. The most recent occasion was #686: A Mind-Boggling Letter. Excerpts from his latest will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Leonard Pitts, whose column used to appear regularly in the Daily Globe, once wrote a column titled “God, Science: Opposite Sides.” It was a critique of intelligent design theory. It gave no evidence for evolution and was basically incoherent.
We searched, but couldn’t find the Pitts letter. No matter, Bogle is sufficiently entertaining all by himself. He says:
Pitts compared the worthiness of intelligent design being mentioned in school with the KKK being allowed to present its case in school. I say, how about just mentioning that Darwin himself believed in “creator God” and intelligent design; he just had a different idea about how God it.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No comment is needed. After that, Bogle tells us:
Pitts’ statement that “is the overwhelming consensus of the mainstream (whatever that means) scientific community that Darwin had it right” is patently false. If Darwin were [alive?] today, he would admit he had it wrong because the fossil evidence he required is still missing. The reason there are few “creationists” in higher education and biological research is that they won’t hire them.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Again, no comment is needed Bogle continues:
The reason no one gives credible evidence for macroevolution in this debate is that there is none. [Hee hee!] I’ve read their books. Scales cannot turn into feathers, and there are no vestigial organs. You actually need your tailbone and your appendix; scientists now know. “Faith is the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1b) actually fits evolution better than belief in intelligent design.
Bogle’s letter has so many staggeringly stunning assertions that we may end up making no comments at all. Let’s read on:
I’ve never met a “believer” who rejects science. They do object to a theory being taught as a fact when even calling evolution a theory is being generous.
Lordy, lordy — usually creationists say evolution is “just a theory,” but now it’s not even a theory. Another excerpt:
Most Christians do not see reason as the enemy of faith, as Pitts suggests, but see reason as the enemy of evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And now we come to the end:
Question: Why are bristlecone pines only 4,000 years old when science says they can live much longer? Answer: That is about how long it has been since the “flood.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Wikipedia has an article on Dendrochronology. Creationists rarely mention it, because there’s a bristlecone pine that goes back 8,500 years, and some tree ring chronologies go back 11,000 years. Bogle’s information probably comes from the Institute for Creation Research. We wrote about their views in Tree Rings Are Proof of Noah’s Flood.
We always enjoy hearing from Mike Bogle. We hope he keeps writing his letters.
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