Today’s letter-to-the-editor is so fouled up that it’s difficult to write about, but we’ll give it a try. It appears in the Peterborough Examiner of Peterborough, Ontario. The title is Teaching evolution a disservice to youth, and the newspaper has no comments section.
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’s author is an exception. It’s Dr. Stanley R. Dyer. The Amazon listing for a book he wrote says he “earned his MDiv and MTh from Asbury Theological Seminary and DMiss from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He served with OMS International in Japan for 27 years in evangelism and church planting. Sixteen of these years he taught at Tokyo Biblical Seminary, as professor of Missions and Evangelism.”
We’re impressed! Dyer not only has a Master’s degree in Divinity and another in Theology, he also has a DMiss degree. We think that means Doctor of Missiology — whatever that is. Excerpts from Dyer’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I read with deep concern the series in the Examiner by Dr. Drew Monkman. Obviously he is well versed in knowledge of the beautiful flora and fauna of our community and our nation. I commend him on such detailed understanding. He is entitled to his own beliefs. However, my concern centres on his treatment of the theory of evolution.
Dyer’s concerned about evolution? Why? He explains:
It is only a theory. He tells it as a fact. Never have the concepts largely developed by Charles Darwin in the mid-19th century been proven by “hard ” science. This assumption has been developed in an effort to falsify the Divine origin claim. Many current evolutionists admit that verification of the findings of evolution are extremely weak.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! If you think that’s bad, wait ’til you see what’s coming next:
In 1989 the mighty Soviet Union crashed into rubble. Soon the Deputy Minister of Education for all of Russia travelled to California to attend a conference of Christian educators. He spoke to the assembly, and I quote, “For 70 years we have shut God out of our country and it has done us great harm. We must bring God back and we must begin with our children.” He then asked these educators to send Christian teachers to bring a new Christian foundation for the people of Russia.
Aha — that’s what was wrong with the old Soviet Union. We thought it was communism and dictatorship, but we were wrong. The real problem was no Christianity — and too much evolution. Yes, that explains everything. Except that it’s totally whacked — see Marx, Stalin, and Darwin, where we pointed out that Stalin opposed Darwin’s theory. Trofim Lysenko was Stalin’s biologist, and he was an anti-Darwinian crack-pot.
After demonstrating his keen understanding of the Soviet Union, Dyer tells us:
Soon a new mission organization called The CoMission was formed. This organization recruited, trained and commissioned over 1,200 Christian teachers to go to Russian high schools at their invitation. I helped in this endeavour by recruiting teachers from Canada to go to high schools in Russia and the CIS nations [presumably the Commonwealth of Independent States, all former Soviet Republics].
Wowie — Dyer saved Russia! Here’s the last paragraph:
As I think of Dr. Monkman’s teaching about evolution I am shocked and deeply concerned. Our beautiful Dominion was founded on Biblical truths. Today, as we celebrate 150 years of progress I am saddened that such unproven assumptions are given to our generation and labelling as Truth. In the words of the Russian educator, “We must bring God back, and we must begin with our youth.”
When we started this, we told you it would be difficult. Perhaps now you see our problem. What can anyone say about Dyer?
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