Creationist Wisdom #780: Teach the Truth

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Wichita Eagle of Wichita, Kansas, the largest city in the state. It’s s titled Creationism, and it’s the second of two letters at that link. 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. His first name is James. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

The article “Creationist views declining …,” Wichita Eagle June 18, was a good reflection of the debate on the origin of the universe.

He’s referring to this article: Creationist views declining, but many also think God had hand in evolution. It’s about the Gallup poll we discussed a few weeks ago in 2017 Gallup Poll on Evolution. It wasn’t about the origin of the universe, but James thinks otherwise and he’s all upset about it. He says:

The opening statement, “Views about evolution are changing, but many also think God had a hand in evolution,” and the discussion about education’s impact on worldviews were well stated. The most important question of “truth” was not addressed.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] That article didn’t address the most important question — The Truth. James tells us:

The truth has eternal consequences, so the worldview you have is very important.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Eternal consequences! James continues:

Education should teach both Biblical creationism and evolution’s six parts.

Evolution’s six parts? Where have we heard that before? Oh yes, it’s in Jack Chick’s classic, Big Daddy? For your edification, we’ve excerpted the relevant frame from Chick’s tract, and that’s what adorns this post. If you can’t read what’s there, the six parts are listed in this article by Eric Hovind: Six Meanings of Evolution. They are:

• Cosmic evolution: the origin of time, space, and matter from nothing in the “big bang”
• Chemical evolution: all elements “evolved” from hydrogen
• Stellar evolution: stars and planets formed from gas clouds
• Organic evolution: life begins from inanimate matter
• Macro-evolution: animals and plants change from one type into another
• Micro-evolution: variations form within the “kind”

Okay, now that you’ve learned something, let’s return to James’ letter:

Biblical creationism is constantly verified by science. Evolution is at best a hypothesis and not a true theory that has any evidence.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Another excerpt:

A search for truth in education should have both worldviews taught since proponents believe their view to be true. Some will never believe the truth, but they should be exposed to the facts.

Yes, in a search for truth, we must at least expose the kiddies to the facts. Here’s more:

There is no way in a letter to completely address this issue. Let me leave with two questions: 1. How did DNA’s code and the symbiotic components occur without creation? 2. Why does matter exist?

Powerful questions indeed! And James knows the answers. Now we come to the end:

Let education be education and not indoctrination.

Verily, those are words to live by. Great letter, James!

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7 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #780: Teach the Truth

  1. Understandably, James is stuck in Kansas, a backwards land and home of the OZ.
    I taught astronomy, but I surely must have shortchanged my students regarding Darwin’s deep interest and discussion of stellar and planetary evolution. Dang!

  2. Tom Bannister

    I wonder if James knows he is demonstrating the Dunning-Kruger effect?

  3. Tom, that’s one of those things where you really can’t know you’re demonstrating it, or it doesn’t qualify for it.

  4. Let me leave with two questions: 1. How did DNA’s code and the symbiotic components occur without creation?

    Scientists are closing in on a rational explanation. Creationists offer only “the Designer did it” or (when they’re letting it all hang out) “God did it,” neither of which addresses the question of how it was done.

    2. Why does matter exist?

    Why indeed? Again, scientists are at least attempting to answer that question. Once again, however, creationists have only “The Designer did it” or “God did it,” neither of which answers the question of why. (Neither does the Bible.)

    Creationists always claim they have some simple argument which blows evolution away. Apparently it never occurs to them that if debunking Darwin were easy, it would have been done in the nineteenth century, this humble blog would not exist, and God only knows what hacks like Ken Ham and the bozos at the Discovery Institute would be doing for a living. (Well, I suppose Ham might still have built his Brobdingnagian boat and peddled it as a tourist attraction.)

  5. @Anonymous
    Exactly right.
    Even if the creationist negativism were right, even if there were something wrong with science, the creationists don’t have an answer to why or how there is matter or DNA. There is no answer to be found in the Bible about the majority of matter and energy or about the majority of life or the majority of spacetime. Let alone why or how they came to be as they are. Anyone who says otherwise is misrepresenting the Bible.

  6. Ross Cameron

    ‘Why does matter exist’? Better question — why does James exist? I mean here we are the most-educated generation in history and these dumb questions persist.

  7. My own commentary on the Jack Chick piece, which actually says that atomic nucei only manage to hold together, despite proton-proton electrostatic repulsion, because Jesus: https://paulbraterman.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/homage-to-jack-chick-april-13-1924-october-23-2016-repost-of-how-to-lie-about-radiometric-dating-evolution-and-even-nuclear-physics/