Creationist Wisdom #787: The Pharmacist

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware. The title is Evolution argument flawed. It’s the fifth letter at that link, and the newspaper has a comments section.

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 Steve. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

I read Tom Krattenmaker’s article in the July 14 issue of The News Journal with great interest.

We can’t find that article. What was it that interested Steve? He says:

My background is in pharmacy so I am a scientist, educationally. I am also a Christian.

Ah, Steve is a pharmacist, so that makes him a scientist. He tells us:

The title “More Christians accepting evolution” does not describe the article very well. While it may be true that fewer Christians are accepting the “young Earth creationist” model, many more scientists are beginning to reject the Darwinian evolution model.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hordes of scientists are rejecting evolution. It’s all they talk about at pharmacy conventions. Steve continues:

Yes, speciation does occur — changes in birds, etc.

Groan — it’s the micro-macro mambo, which we described in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Let’s read on:

But even Darwin admitted that “if it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”

Egad — that’s exactly what Darwin said — see Origin of Species, Chapter 6. However, Darwin follows that sentence immediately with this:

But I can find out no such case. No doubt many organs exist of which we do not know the transitional grades, more especially if we look to much-isolated species, around which, according to the theory, there has been much extinction. … We should be extremely cautious in concluding that an organ could not have been formed by transitional gradations of some kind.

Brace yourself, dear reader, because the pharmacist is now going to show that Darwin was wrong:

Irreducible complexity of the immune system and clotting mechanisms are just two such systems that destroy his theory. It is amazing that some scientists still cling to it.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Irreducible complexity — which no one understands except Discoveroids. Steve is obviously a fan of Michael Behe. He ought to familiarize himself with Kitzmiller v. Dover: Michael Behe’s Testimony.

And now we come to the end:

Of course, the publishers of books supporting this theory are too dependent on keeping it alive.

Ah yes, that explains it. Evolution is a conspiracy of the book publishers. Great letter, Steve!

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12 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #787: The Pharmacist

  1. Obviously Steve is a drug dealer, but the potions he himself takes are not very beneficial to his thinking.

  2. Michael Fugate

    I see that our buddy Steve belongs to Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International – the things one learns on the WWW. https://cpfi.memberclicks.net/about
    https://cpfi.memberclicks.net/evangelism
    How to take advantage of those who are suffering?

  3. CPFI
    “We can count by 5’s! So evolution is wrong!”

  4. Impressive, MichaelF. “How to share spiritual truth in 20 seconds.” Who does not want to learn that? It always has been my deepest desire to participate in the World Championship Spiritual Truth Sharing.

  5. “Irreducible complexity” again. Groan It’s the gift that keeps on giving, isn’t it? Every time some example cited by creationists turns out to be reducible after all, they just move on to another.

    As for Steve’s pharmacy background making him a scientist, That’s about like a logger claiming to be a botanist, isn’t it?

  6. Irreducible Complexity indeed. Doesn’t anybody recognize that that argument was brought up and refuted long before Behe?

  7. Your writing is consistently excellent Curmudgeon, and the regular commenters are as much a part of your posts as what you write.

    I did spot an error though, which you might or might not want to correct. In this context hordes, not hoards of scientists, unless you gather and add them to your collection. Yes, you hoard me right.

  8. OT: The title reminds me of a couple I know who had always wanted to farm. Elizabeth went to register at the local employment office in the nearby small town and gave her occupation as pharmacist. The clerk wrote down ‘farm assist’.

  9. Thanks, The Bicycling Guitarist. Hoard, horde. Devilishly subtle. Good of you to spot that one.

  10. Indeed, hoard, horde, whored, hard!

  11. Of the The Bicycling Guitarist’s grammatical note, our Curmudgeon notes:

    Good of you to spot that one.

    Indeed–but even better are his no-hands-on-bike-while-circling-and-playing-a-guitar skills, available at his link.

    But I recuse myself from judgement of his singing, on the grounds I am famously tone-deaf

  12. I have found a musician who should accompany The Bicycling Guitarist in a duet: India musician plays guitar during brain surgery!