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 Wayne. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Recently, NASA scientists have found more planets in our galaxy that have conditions that are necessary for life to exist on them. The media coverage says that ups the chances for life on them.
Yes, and it’s driving creationists crazy — as we shall soon see. Wayne says:
Not necessarily. That optimism for life on other planets is based on the assumption that life started by accident. It is based on the belief that, given the right conditions and enough time, life will somehow start. That in turn is based on the belief that life started by accident here on Earth.
Creationists don’t like natural laws. They prefer to think that everything is a miracle. To them, nothing happens naturally — or as they prefer to say, “by accident” or “random chance.” Wayne tells us:
That belief is not science because it has not been demonstrated. Many scientists and others believe that it did, but that is not a statement of science. It is a statement of their faith.
As is typical of creationists, who are irony impaired, they denigrate science by referring to it as “faith.” Wayne continues:
We have not seen and verified any natural process that starts with non-life and results in life. There are many theories and considerable wishful thinking, but that’s all.
It’s true that life hasn’t literally been created in the lab — not yet. But the precursors of life have been — see Miller–Urey experiment, and they’ve also been found in space — see Astronomers discover complex organic matter in the universe. Let’s read on:
Christians, of course, recognize that God created life, but secular folks need to admit that they really don’t know how life started.
Creationists are the only folks who know how life started. You, dear reader, have nothing but your faith. Wayne says:
Hence none of us really know what we might find on other planets.
As is common with creationists these days, Wayne doesn’t declare with certainty that there’s no life out there — but he’s certain that if it exists, it’s not “by accident.” And now we come to the end:
It is a good thing to study other planets, but don’t make an unverified assumption and call it science. We may well be alone, except for God.
In other words, Wayne has no idea what’s out there. But whatever it is, it’s a miracle — like everything else.
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