Strawberries & Butterflies — Free Fire Zone

We have a couple of minor items here to keep you entertained for the weekend. The first is a very short letter-to-the-editor, which appears in the Boston Globe. It’s titled Consider the strawberry, and then try to explain away creation. The newspaper has a comments section.

It wasn’t written by anyone of any significance, and it’s far to short to be included in our Creationist Wisdom series. Skipping some non-essential stuff, this is what it says:

One has only to look at the distribution of the seeds on the outside of a strawberry to be struck by the amazing intelligence and efficiency of creation. I refuse to believe that a strawberry is smart enough to be the draftsman of its own architecture. In the final analysis, those who do not believe are left with the unenviable task of explaining the infinite examples of design without recourse to the simple and obvious explanation of a designer.

Good, huh? But wait — there’s more. It’s a new video from everyone’s favorite bible boy, Rev. David Rives. It’s posted — where else? — at the website of WorldNetDaily (WND). Their headline is Additional proof of creation: Metamorphosis. The rev’s video is over 4 minutes long, and it has lots of pretty pictures of butterflies. He says there’s “no way” the process of metamorphosis could have happened by evolution. The rev is so cute, you just gotta believe him.

That’s all we could find this afternoon, so we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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5 responses to “Strawberries & Butterflies — Free Fire Zone

  1. The purpose of the seeds of a strawberry, as of any other fruit, is to be eaten, transported some distance from the parent plant and excreted together with some useful nutrients for the plants that may grow from the seeds. The particular distribution of the seeds on the surface of the strawberry is pretty much irrelevant for this, so I guess that it’s whatever is easy to achieve, such as pretty evenly distributed. Perhaps whenever I’ve eaten strawberries, I was stuffing them into my mouth too fast to notice some subtlety that our writer has found to be overwhelming evidence for the amazing intelligence and efficiency of creation. Was anybody here more observant?

  2. Me neither, jimroberts, since in the UK we have them with covered with cream. Perhaps satan’s way of hiding the creator’s obvious design.

  3. It may be worth mentioning that the modern domesticated strawberry is the product of centuries of genetic manipulation by humans, through selective breeding and hybridization. The extant wild varieties do have edible fruit, but they are much smaller and less regular.

  4. James Chapman says: “the modern domesticated strawberry is the product of centuries of genetic manipulation by humans”

    That reminds me of Ray Comfort’s “Banana video”.

  5. @James Chapman

    It may be worth mentioning that the modern domesticated strawberry is the product of centuries of genetic manipulation by humans, through selective breeding and hybridization.

    Precisely. I gather wild strawberries actually taste better (although I suppose that’s a subjective appraisal), but you’re right in that the surface seed distribution is a lot more irregular. Plus it seems that our letter writer is unaware that even domesticated strawberries come in all sorts of iffy shapes and sizes — it’s just that you don’t see the odd-looking ones in your supermarket because, nutsazoidal though this is, they get thrown out, despite being perfectly fine.

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