Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His name is followed by “Lieutenant Colonel, USA (retired),” and we think he’s now a financial planner, but that doesn’t qualify for full name treatment. His first name is Mark. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I was raised in a family that honored Darwin (macro-evolution).
Something doesn’t sound right. In fact, that’s the way a creationist would imagine a godless evolutionist is raised. Then he says:
My beloved mother began teaching me about vestigial organs when I was six years old. It was the only thing I ever heard growing up, at home or in any kind of formal education.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, that’s how children are indoctrinated into Darwinism. After that he tells us:
I began the study of linguistics in the autumn of 1968. After nearly 50 years I can tell you, I still love linguistics.
That’s nice. Where is Mark going with this? You will soon see. He continues:
One day as an adult I read an article by a linguist who proposed a theory I had never considered. He suggested if Darwin were true, then language must have evolved from a grunt and a groan into the extraordinarily complex system of syntax, grammar and vocabulary which we speak today.
After 50 years of studying linguistics, Mark never even thought about the origin of language? Let’s read on:
And if that were true, he continued, logically there must be evidence that somewhere, at sometime, in some place there once was a primitive language. After 50 years in linguistics I can tell you, for certain, there is no such evidence.
Ancestral humans who communicated only in grunts and groans didn’t leave much evidence behind, other than their fossils or some stone tools, nor should we expect any — certainly nothing about their language. We found articles supporting Mark’s view of things, but they’re all at creationist websites — for example, this one at ol’ Hambo’s AIG: Is There Any Such Thing as a Primitive Language? Then Mark abruptly moves to another issue:
Darwin also suggested we evolved from sapiens.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more:
At least we can still observe sapiens running around Earth. Man is not cross-fertile with any of them, which suggests we are not the same species.
[*Groan*] Mark doesn’t even know what species he is. But he’s certain of one thing: He ain’t no kin to no sapiens! Another excerpt:
But, alas, there are no primitive languages. Never were. Never will be.
The remainder of the letter claims that:
Essentially, English is a dialect of ancient Hebrew. Go figure.
Obviously, Adam & Eve spoke Hebrew. No grunts and groans. So there you are, dear reader. Make of it what you will.
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