Creationist Wisdom #778: Ultimate Reality

Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s a column, really) appears in the Suffolk News-Herald of Suffolk, Virginia. It’s titled The fight for reality, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

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 Rev. Dr. Chris Surber, pastor of the Liberty Spring Christian Church in Suffolk. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis.

On the canvas of surety of the nonexistence of God, under the light of the assumed fact of evolutionary biology, and in the gallery of secularism, the architects of society engineer modern thinking. They do so in the artistic style of the absurd. Their cruel poetry is that of nihilism. Nothing matters.

The rev is describing you, dear reader. Then he says:

In casting aside the notion of a creator, the created being has made himself, his five senses, his interests and his perceived well-being the center of all things. Consequently, man now has little basis for which to know reality and, as a result, to know himself.

According to the rev, your senses don’t inform you about reality. He tells us:

Man has excluded those aspects of reality which are beyond him. He is an explorer marking time marching in the direction of his own reflection in a mirror. He points to his own visage, claiming to have discovered something.

If you ignore what is beyond you, then you know nothing! The rev continues:

When we can only trust ourselves, science becomes our god and the scientist our priest. The public educator is handmaiden in the temple courts of secular reason and government becomes our guide to the world and our only hope for a savior from the problems plaguing it. God help us.

Tragic indeed. Let’s read on:

In today’s landscape of thought, if it cannot be proven in a test-tube, laboratory or in the realm of psychological dogma, it is not knowledge. The fight of the day is not between science and faith. It is a fight for reality.

Are you following this, dear reader? The rev is telling us that if all you know is what your senses tell you and what you can prove in the lab, then you don’t know anything about reality. Here’s another excerpt:

Having removed God from the quest for knowledge, man has sullied his path with the slippery oil of his own pride. His pursuit has become a pursuit of self. He is a dog chasing his tail who is equally shocked at his lack of progress and at the pain each time he bites it.

And now we come to the end:

The philosophical battle of the day is not one of politics or even of religious truth. It goes beyond that. The battle today is for reality itself.

The rev is right — it’s a battle for reality. Which side are you on– the limited vision of science, or the rev’s true reality?

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23 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #778: Ultimate Reality

  1. Michael Fugate

    A proud graduate of Liberty University – Go Flames!
    http://www.chrissurber.com/about.html

  2. That’s just about the most ghastly opening sentence I’ve ever read. Did he also get a degree in mixing metaphors, perhaps? One dreads to think what his sermons must be like, seeing that he’s so obviously in love with the sound of his own voice.

  3. This deserves an award for purple prose.

  4. It is blazingly obvious that “Dr.” Chris Surber fears *any* rational competition.

  5. “… science becomes our god and the scientist our priest.”

    If it comes down to a choice between, science and rev. Chris, I’ll take science any/every day!

  6. Ceteris Paribus

    The sage Rev. Dr. Chris Surber concludes: “The battle today is for reality itself.”

    But the wisdom of cartoonist Walt Kelly had already prophesied the good Rev’s conundrum with Kelly’s humorist character, Pogo the possum.

    Pogo: “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us.”

  7. Let’s see, the reality of science versus the reality of religion with our capricious imaginary sky friends? Really, which is the ultimate reality?

  8. The dear rev apparently thinks “the created” consider themselves as “…the center of all things.” As I recall, it’s religion that thinks some sky fairy created the world for us. Most scientists view this planet, and it’s inhabitants, as a tiny speck in an insignificant portion of the natural universe.

  9. Dave Luckett

    What this represents is the final retreat of epistemology, the withdrawal into the last citadel, and the drawbridge slamming down: Evidence, schmevidence, we don’ need no steenking evidence!. We know what we know because we know it. That’s all we know and all we need to know.

    There’s no arguing with that. No rational input is possible. It’s a closed circle, the worm Ouroboros, the demon that bites its own tail. No reflection can follow from the cosmos being knowable, or rational, or observable. None of that. No, no: it’s all arbitrary, imponderable, with unseen forces, arcane, cryptic, inscrutable.

    No wonder these people are in a state of permanent terror. And the Rev Dr is gibbering.

  10. “In casting aside the notion of a creator, the created being has made himself, his five senses, his interests and his perceived well-being the center of all things. Consequently, man now has little basis for which to know reality and, as a result, to know himself. he is not bringing me ten percent of his income any more, and I’m going to have to get a real job”
    Fixed it.

  11. Dave Luckett says: “What this represents is the final retreat of epistemology, the withdrawal into the last citadel, and the drawbridge slamming down”

    The drawbridge should be raised; it’s the portcullis that is lowered. And there’s nothing wrong with epistemology. You probably meant apologetics.

  12. I see that this mixed metaphor thing is contagious.

  13. And I suggest that one (one with a strong stomach) read about Presuppositional apologetics (in Wikipedia, for example).

  14. Arcy says: “That’s just about the most ghastly opening sentence I’ve ever read.”

    A teacher of 12-year-olds in an English composition class would be charitable to give it a C minus.

  15. Man has excluded those aspects of reality which are beyond him.

    The Reverend should do some reading-up on modern physics.

  16. Dave Luckett

    The Curmudgeon is right about the drawbridge being raised. I acknowledge the error. But I did mean epistemology, one concern of which is how we know what we know; that is, what knowledge actually is.The Rev Dr denies that our senses are a reliable guide to reality, and prefers whatever insights arise from some other means that he doesn’t specify.

  17. I read your “empistemology” as “religious epistemology”. Then it makes total sense.

  18. Draken notes: The Reverend should do some reading-up on modern physics

    Wouldn’t do any good. Most of the hardcore creationists won’t accept any evidence that contradicts their interpretation of the bible.

  19. Michael Fugate

    It is not even their interpretation; they don’t have that much self-reliance. They only believe what someone else tells them to believe; no one who actually studied could be what they do about the tenets of Christianity.

  20. The Orchardist

    *man has sullied his path with the slippery oil of his own pride*
    That was me guys. Sorry about that.

  21. Ross Cameron

    Coyote, you the same dude from EVC?

  22. techreseller

    If I were to look at Mr Surber’s high school transcript.
    Biology D+
    Chemistry D+
    Physics No record of having taking the subject
    Alg 1 C
    No other advanced math.

    Got it.

  23. A finer example of navel-gazing nonsense can’t be found outside an ashram. The Rev just substitutes “Goddddd” for “Ommmmm.”