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 first name is Brian. His full name is the same name as that of a British author, but it’s probably not the same man. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I couldn’t let Ken MacLennan’s letter pass without challenge. His alternate facts would be worthy of Donald Trump himself.
Brian is talking about the last of several letters at this link: Letters to the editor, April 8, 2017 . It says:
The Catholic Church is to be congratulated for being proactive in accepting the big bang theory for the evolution of the universe – the church has its own science observatory – and the evolution of man primarily by the carbon atom created by the supernovae of massive stars. The church has also been honest in acknowledging that Genesis was not science, and that the Bible is the words of men 2,000 years ago.
If the church also accepts my recommendation to provide a new theology worshipping those great thinkers that created the technology and understanding of the modern world, the church would become more relevant to believers. The offerings would continue to flow.
Brian is outraged, and he explains why:
The great men of science, who he suggests we worship, used science only to describe the world we see around us. Their science has nothing to say about how anything got here. Newton described gravity. The fact he found gravity to be rationally intelligible strengthened his belief there was an intelligence causing it.
Aha! Newton thought gravity was evidence of intelligent design. But Newton isn’t Brian’s only authority: He tells us:
In the last 50 years or so, scientific knowledge has grown greatly. Rather than replacing God, science has shown there must be an intelligent force behind the world we see.
Yes — everything is evidence of intelligent design. Brian is just getting started: He gives us more evidence:
We now know there are dozens of physical constants in science that have been exquisitely fine-tuned to allow the universe and life to exist.
The universe is fine tuned! That means there’s a Fine Tuner! And here’s more:
Arno Penzas [sic], who made the brilliant discovery of the cosmic background microwave radiation, says: “astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing, one with a very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the right conditions to permit life, and one which has an underlying (one might say “supernatural”) plan.”
We found that Penzias quote at a couple of creationist websites. Brian continues:
Darwin thought the simplest form of life was blob of protoplasm with a simple nucleus. That was his starting point for evolution. We now know the simplest bacteria is a microminiaturized factory with thousands of molecular machines made up of 100 thousand million atoms — far more complex than any machine made by man. There is no natural theory as to how the first life started. Darwinian evolution has no starting point.
Darwin had no starting point, but Brian does! Let’s read on:
In the beginning, God. All things have been made through him. God sent his son to pay the sin-debt of fallen men and women. … Even Richard Dawkins, atheist-in-chief, agrees there is no ancient historian who doubts the existence of Jesus Christ. Everything that is was made by him.
Wowie — even Dawkins agrees with Brian. The letter ends with a thrilling climax:
At Easter we remember his victory over death. It is finished. Look to the cross. Look and live.
Well, dear reader, if that didn’t persuade you, then nothing will.
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