Creationist Wisdom #794: The Deacon

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Fillmore County Journal of Preston, Minnesota, population 1,325, known as “America’s Trout Capital.” It’s titled The devil’s lie, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

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 we have a judgment call to make. He’s a deacon of the Greenleafton Reformed Church. Technically a deacon isn’t a preacher, so we’ll use only his first name, which is Aaron. We’ll give you some excerpts from the deacon’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

I can’t help but chuckle a bit when I read an article addressing the problem of soil erosion and the same article talks about how evolution thrives and succeeds. I really shouldn’t chuckle too much though, because it is a sad case if you really think we’ve evolved from our closest ancestors that are swinging from limb to limb in the trees over there at the zoo.

Huh? What’s the connection between soil erosion and evolution? The deacon explains:

Doesn’t evolution teach that the earth evolved from nothing? How is it then that the earth is decaying, not evolving?

Ah yes, we see the contradiction. Then he says:

Also, if evolution succeeds from diversity then where did it start? Evolution says that life and the world has evolved from nothing to the absolute stunning complexity that we have today. But that goes against all the basic common sense facts.

Indeed it does. After that he tells us:

Everything you have is decaying, not getting better. When you get a new car it doesn’t get newer, it gets older, soon it’ll be rusting in the junk yard. According to evolution we should be seeing shiny new cadillacs coming out of the backside of the junkyard!

Yeah — why don’t junkyards evolve? The deacon continues:

Consider your own life, from the moment of your birth you are already marching towards your death. To me that sounds like decay, not evolution. Evolution is not only a hoax, it is patheticly [sic] unreasonable to reality.

This guy makes some good points! Let’s read on:

Deep down you know that there is a God that created the world and all that is therein including yourself but you don’t like to retain God in your knowledge because when you do that you are exposed as a sinner accountable to a Holy God. And so you suppress the truth and you exchange the truth for a lie.

Skipping over some preaching, we come to the end:

Would you like to have peace with God instead of condemnation? Just come on to Jesus. HE is the answer, not evolution.

Heed the deacon’s words, dear reader. Evolution isn’t the answer!

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7 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #794: The Deacon

  1. So evolution is not the answer to soil erosion? Weird.
    I guess next he will tell us that quantum theory is not the answer to global warming and that the water cycle does not explain the Big Bang.

  2. Ross Cameron

    Obviously, Aaron`s thinking facilities aren`t evolving.

  3. Michael Fugate

    I think he missed that the earth and automobiles aren’t alive and don’t reproduce, but that would mean he actually had a clue about evolution – which he doesn’t.

  4. Mark Germano

    “…because it is a sad case if you really think we’ve evolved from our closest ancestors….”

    Not only that, I evolved from my most distant ancestors, too! (I don’t think he knows what ancestor means.)

  5. Dave Luckett

    “Doesn’t evolution teach that the earth evolved from nothing?”

    No, deacon, it doesn’t. In fact, everything the deacon says about evolution is violently, radically, idiotically wrong.

    As others have commented, the deacon is advertising his entrenched and intractable ignorance – but he is actually doing more. His indulgent chuckles over the folly of others are cover for an measureless arrogance. His assumption that I know that God exists (and not just any god, his particular god) but that I suppress the knowledge because I like sinning, is only evidence for his profound pride – and actual hatred. I can’t actually be honest in my inability to discern God. I must be lying, for criminal ends.

    Love his fellow-man? He despises his fellow-man. He concludes with his delicious certainty that we’re all hell-bound. I think he knows that the reason many find his God repugnant is that very idea – so he hammers it. He is not motivated by love, but by hatred.

    But no, deacon, I want no peace with a God who’d do that. And no peace with you, either.

  6. The deacon ain’t no beacon. Or a beacon of some sad lack of even basic highschool education.

  7. The deacon, as others have indicated, doesn’t know much about several fields of science. I’ve noticed that creationists often conflate the origin of the universe (cosmology) with the origin of biological variation (evolution). I assume that is because, to them, both topics are in the category of “things I don’t understand”, and they’re confused by them.