Creationist Wisdom #771: God’s Footprints

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Belleville News-Democrat of Belleville, Illinois. It’s titled God’s footprints are all around for us to see, 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 a preacher. It’s Pastor Larry Wise of the Highland Community Church. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go:

“Dad,” asked Tom, looking up from his homework, “how do you know there is a God?”

“Why do you ask that question? Do you doubt the existence of God?” the father asked. Tom answered, “No, but one of my teachers said we could not be sure that there is a God. Is there any way to really know?”

Nice beginning. The rev’s introductory tale continues:

Tom’s dad explained, “Well, do you remember the other day when you were laughing about Robinson Crusoe’s dismay about discovering that there were other people on the island besides himself? How did he know? Did he see them? No, he discovered one footprint in the sand, and he knew it could not have been his own. He knew that only another human being could have made it and that because the tide had not reached it yet, that person could not be far off. His knowledge was gained from a mark in the sand.”

Good example of reasoning based on evidence. After that the rev starts preaching:

Romans 1:19-20 tells us that all we have to do is look around us at creation and we can know that something bigger than man exists. We can see the “footprints” of God all throughout creation.

Don’t start looking for divine footprints, dear reader. It’s not that simple. The rev continues:

When you look at the diversity of animals, when you look at the intricacies of plants and flowers and trees, you have to admit that it would take a whole lot of faith to believe that all this just happened.

Yes, and it would be absurd to believe something based only on faith. Let’s read on:

It would take a whole lot of faith to believe how many years it would take for all of this to have happened by evolution. Just imagine how big the Earth is. Just imagine how big our universe is. Just imagine how small some of Earth’s creature are, yet they are distinct and unique from all the other creatures on the Earth.

The mind boggles. Here’s another excerpt:

Which would take more faith? To believe that all the things that are around us happened as a result of one big explosion or one gaseous blob or to believe that there is a God who is big enough and creative enough to do all of this by design?

Well, dear reader, which of those two wild tales requires the most faith? That’s the one to reject. Now the rev returns to his opening story

That footprint had to come from somewhere. Although Robinson Crusoe had not seen a human being on his island, the evidence was there. He could not deny it.

Here’s the end of the rev’s letter:

And then, when I accept by faith that a God might be there, that is the beginning of worship.

Very persuasive. Rock solid reasoning. Great letter, rev!

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8 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #771: God’s Footprints

  1. Michael Fugate

    I think the rev was most likely inspired by the “poem” by Mary Stevenson “footprints in the sand”…. and went off track.

  2. Why do people think that saying “it is designed” tells us anything?
    Particularly when the “explanation” applies equally to (1) the sculptures on Mount Rushmore (2) the flora and fauna on Mount Rushmore (3) the whole universe.

  3. Ross Cameron

    I can see his ‘footprints’ in the wonderful world of bacteria–especially the malignant ones.

  4. The Rev forgets to mention that we have actual physical evidence for one of his two choices.

  5. The Rev forgets to mention what are the other choices are, other than they don’t involve evolution.
    Let me suggest a choice which is at least as substantial as “something about supernaturals leads them to design something about the variety of life”: Something about mathematics and logic means that life must have its variety.

  6. jimroberts

    Pastor Larry Wise should debate Ken Ham about whether Robinson Crusoe could validly conclude from a footprint that a human other than himself had been on the island. Was he there to see the other person? No. Does God’s eye-witness account testify to a human origin for the footprint? Again, no. Robinson Crusoe is guilty of Darwinist thinking and therefore, in spite of his careful counting of his days on the island, so that he might correctly remember each Sabbath to keep it holy, his destination must be the Lake of Fire.

  7. jimroberts says: “Robinson Crusoe is guilty of Darwinist thinking …”

    Right. Historical science is worthless. It assumes uniformitarianism. How does he know what might have caused footprints in the past?

  8. techreseller

    Poor kids that are told these sort of stories. Then get the truth at school and become conflicted.