Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. He has the same name as a creationist preacher, but the writer is described as a “local resident,” and the rev lives elsewhere, so we’ll only use this guy’s first name, which is Arv. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
First, Arv mentions something that appeared earlier in the paper, claiming that the Earth is 13 billion years old. He declares:
That age is incorrect. The mistake is believing the rock layers making up earth’s crust took that long to form. All the geologic record was formed by Noah’s flood, only about 4,400 years ago.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then he says:
The universe appears to be expanding. There are 17 different Bible verses that state that God created the stars in closer to the earth, then moved them outward like you would a curtain that was bunched up. Since man, being created on Day 6, had to be able to observe them for determining “signs, seasons, days, and years,” God would have had to leave a trail of light coming back to us at the speed of light, which gives the appearance of an expanding universe.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Good stuff, huh? Then he devotes a few paragraphs to Noah’s Flood. That part of the letter ends with this:
In order to form fossils they have to be buried deeply and suddenly. There would be no fossil record without Noah’s flood. We find “billions of dead things, buried in rock layers, laid down by water, all over the earth.” Noah’s flood is the best explanation for that.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Arv continues:
Evolution fails the test because what we find are missing layers, reversed layers, polystrate fossils running through many layers, human artifacts in every rock strata [sic], clear down into the supposed Pre-Cambrian. If evolution were true that is not what would be observed.
It’s always fun to see a new creationist claim, and before this letter we’ve never seen anyone say that there are human artifacts in every rock stratum. Let’s read on:
If evolution actually happened, we should be able to look all around us and observe at least thousands of life forms in all different stages of change from one distinct life form into a completely different life form. None can be observed.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! How about penguins, flying squirrels, walking catfish, sea lions, etc. A few years ago we wrote No Transitional Species? Take a Look at This. Arv isn’t done yet. How about this old clunker:
Evolution fails scientific testing. Cats produce other cat kinds and dogs produce other dog kinds. That is why there are no dats or cogs running around.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Another excerpt:
If evolution actually happened in the past, we should be able to observe billions [Hee hee!] of life forms in all different stages of change from one distinct life form into a completely different life form. Those “missing links” are still missing. Evolution fails that test also proving it did not happen in the past, either.
[*Groan*] See Wikipedia’s List of transitional fossils. And now we come to the end:
Evolution is a fairy tale for grownups that don’t understand real science. “Once upon a time, long ago and far away, billions of years ago.” A lullaby and good night.
Great letter, Arv! A fine addition to our collection.
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