Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website for three newspapers in Kawartha Lakes in Central Ontario, Canada. It’s titled Reader says it’s no accident Earth is the only habitable planet, and the newspaper has a comments feature.
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 theology professor in Toronto, but we don’t think it’s the same man. The letter-writer’s first name is Peter. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In this letter, I would like to take the opportunity to express my views on the evolution vs. creation argument. The theory of evolution, first postulated by Charles Darwin in the 1800s, states that man began as an ape and, over millions of years, apes became man.
That’s a little simplified, but let’s continue: Peter says:
Creation is the belief that man was created by a supreme being, this being, of course, being God, and that he also created the Earth, the heavens, and every living creature on the face of the Earth, as stated in the Bible in Genesis 1.
Okay. Those are the two theories: evolution vs. the supreme being, that being, of course, being God. But which one is correct? Peter knows, and he tells us:
Look at the beauty of the earth in comparison to the other planets in the Solar System. You’re going to tell me that was all an accident?
Good point! A wee bit subjective, but that’s okay. Peter continues:
Look at the complexity of the human body, particularly the brain. We are the only species on the face of the Earth who has the power of speech.
Well, other species communicate, but they don’t speak. Another good point! Let’s read on:
Our species is also set apart from all the other species in that we are the only species who has the ability to walk upright.
Uh … kangaroos walk upright. Penguins too. Let’s not even mention apes. But we do it better! Here’s another excerpt:
You set foot on any other planet in the Solar System and you’re a dead duck within minutes. Earth is the only planet capable of sustaining life.
If we limit the possibilities to humans and the solar system, Peter’s right! We can’t stroll around on the other planets. That’s powerful evidence against Darwin and in favor of Genesis — isn’t it? And now we come to the end:
I urge readers to think about some of these points I’ve made, especially those who are skeptical about God and creation, as I have found, much to my chagrin, that there are a lot of people I’ve met who are.
Think about it, dear reader. Peter has made a persuasive case — but is it for evolution or creation? We’ll let you decide.
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