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 Chris. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I read Mr. Ferguson’s letter and three letters published in response to it. I felt compelled to answer some of their ideas. It is said that “Christians cannot claim an exclusive right to morality” and that atheists can live moral lives, but having studied both the scientific side and the atheist side, I can say that the non-religious side can claim no basis for morality.
Wowie — Chris has studied both sides of the issue! We can’t find the letter he’s talking about, but it doesn’t matter. Chris’ claim is the same thing we’ve seen from other creationists, such as ol’ Hambo — see Ken Ham: The Sole Source of Morality. Then he says:
Atheists can do good, but they can not define what good really is. Christianity has clearly listed what good is, and no atheist I have spoken to has been able to define good without referring to the same biblical principles I do.
Yeah — if you do good, dear reader, and Chris were to ask you why you did it, you’d be stumped for an answer. The best you could do would be to mumble: “Duh, I donno why I did it.” But Chris knows — he knows! — why good is good. After that he tells us:
Many of the people who claim to believe in evolution have never even read the book that it, and their own beliefs, are based on; they only believe what some authority told them is true.
He’s talking about you again, dear reader. You never read Darwin’s book, so you believe evolution on faith. That means you’re a fool! Chris continues:
If you claim to believe in evolution, please read Charles Darwin’s book and try to align his theory with what we know of modern genetics. I am sure that you will see that it doesn’t stand up to modern scientific fact.
We’ll bet you didn’t know that genetics disproves Darwin’s theory. Chris knows, because he’s studied both sides. Let’s read on:
I challenge anyone to honestly look at the claims of science and the claims of Christianity, like former God-haters Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, and J. Warner Wallace all did.
One of those names is familiar to us. Lee Strobel is sometimes praised at creationist websites. Wikipedia says that his book, The Case for a Creator (Amazon listing), “consists of interviews with intelligent design advocates and Christian apologists who argue for the existence of a creator.” However, interviews with believers, whether they believe in deities, UFO abductions, or an afterlife, isn’t evidence of anything — other than the existence of believers.
As for another of Chris’ “former God-haters,” according to Wikipedia, Josh McDowell is:
… a Christian apologist, evangelist, and writer. He is within the Evangelical tradition of Protestant Christianity, and is the author or co-author of some 115 books. His best-known book is Evidence That Demands a Verdict, which was ranked 13th in Christianity Today’s list of most influential evangelical books published after World War II.
Those are Chris’ authorities — and you have none. Now we come to the end:
And if world-changing scientist such as Einstein, Faraday, Kelvin, Newton and Francis S. Collins can trust in science and God, I am not really sure how you can say science has trumped religion.
So there you are, dear reader. Now don’t you feel like an idiot?
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