Today’s second letter-to-the-editor appears in the Wisconsin State Journal of Madison, Wisconsin, the state capital. It’s s titled Trust God’s word over fallible scientists, and the newspaper has no 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 Ralph. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Any Christian who professes to believe Jesus Christ is their lord and savior should be very careful about thinking it is possible to insert the evolutionary faith in a 4.6-billion-year universe into God’s authoritative word, as columnist Chris Rickert did in his June 11 column, Room in Christianity for 4.6B-year-old Earth.
Ralph is outraged. He says:
The evolutionary account of the origins of the universe and mankind is an anti-God, metaphysical philosophy that has nothing to do with the Bible.
Jeepers, he’s right — that science stuff isn’t in the bible! After that he tells us:
In fact, Bible-believing Christians were primarily responsible for beginning and nurturing observational science, and many Christian scientists today continue to conduct scientific research in all areas while believing in a “young” earth and a six-day creation.
That’s debatable — see Did Science Originate with Creationists? Anyway, Ralph continues:
As a Christian, however, the ultimate example of Biblical belief must come from Jesus Christ himself. He clearly believed in Genesis as a factual, historical narrative meant to be understood and believed as it was written.
Jesus quoted scripture, but he didn’t discuss science. Let’s read on:
If a Christian truly believes Jesus is who he says he is, then how can they not believe his word is authoritative and true?
How? It’s not difficult. Ralph should re-read that column by Chris Rickert. He should also take a look at the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations that support evolution. And now we come to the end:
It really boils down to trusting in God’s word or in the fallible philosophies of prideful human beings. There really is no middle ground.
So there you are, dear reader. According to Ralph, you can’t have it both ways. So whatcha gonna do?
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