Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Northside Sun, a weekly newspaper published in Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital. It’s titled Christmas is a time to appreciate the miracle of life, and the newspaper has a 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 an exception. The author is Wyatt Emmerich. He’s the newspaper’s publisher, and that certainly qualifies for full-name treatment. What we found is his column, so technically it’s not a letter, but it belongs in our collection. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:
My Sunday School class discussed last week why miracles are not as prevalent today as they were in the time of Jesus. I beg to differ. Miracles are all around us all the time. The problem is we don’t see them. Our eyes are closed. When you are surrounded by miracles every second of your life, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees.
Wowie — we’re surrounded by miracles every second! Then he says:
In our increasingly humanistic secular society, science is replacing God. You see this in the global warming debate, in which secular humanists look to science, not God, to save our planet.
The fools! After that he tells us:
After all, Adam ate the apple because he and Eve wanted to know what God knows. We still do. We never stop trying. It’s not enough to accept that God is in control. We want to be in control. We want the power and the glory and the knowledge.
Lusting after scientific knowledge is sin! He continues:
I have been reading a book called “A Brief History of Time” written by Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest theoretical physicists of our era. He is an atheist. … The problem for Hawking is that as science unfolds the layers of the universe, God becomes more, not less, apparent. That’s tough for an atheist physicist to explain.
Hawking can’t explain anything because he’s an atheist. But Emmerich is wiser than Hawking. Let’s read on:
There are four main material forces in the universe: [he attempts to describe them]. As it turns out, if any one of these four forces was altered by the tiniest amount, the universe could not exist. How tiny an amount? That would be the number 10 followed by 27,000 zeros. We don’t have a word for that number.
We’re not told how that number was calculated. Another excerpt:
So how could this be? Hawking keeps asking this question again and again in his book. The best answer he comes up with is the anthropic principle, which goes something like this: “No matter how improbable the universe is, we wouldn’t be here to ask the question if it didn’t happen.” That’s it. That’s the best answer the greatest theoretical physicist in the world can come up with to explain how our world exists without God. Excuse me, Dr. Hawking, while I go read the Bible.
Ah, now we’re getting somewhere! Here’s more
It is one thing to deny miracles when all of science tells you they can’t be true. It is another thing to deny miracles when all of science points a huge neon flashing sign to God’s miracle of creation.
It’s not JUST the universe that is so miraculous. Earth is just as miraculous. If you factor in all the things that had to happen for human life to exist on earth, it comes to a number that exceeds the stars in the universe. Star Wars got it wrong. We are alone in the universe. The science proves it.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Science proves we’re alone! And now we come to the end:
So when you ponder on the miracle of Christ’s birth, don’t hesitate to believe with all your heart and soul. The promise is real, Far more real than human understanding. That’s a good reason to have a Merry Christmas!
That was a wise and inspirational letter — a fine addition to our collection.
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