Creationist Wisdom #801: Rev. Fillmer Hevener

We learned about today’s letter-to-the-editor from one of our clandestine operatives who is so well-placed and valuable that he doesn’t even have a code name. It appears in the Southside Messenger, a weekly newspaper located in Keysville, Virginia. It’s titled Genesis Exposes “False” Science, 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’ve got a preacher — with a magnificent name. It’s Rev. Fillmer Hevener, pastor of Guthrie Memorial Chapel in Farmville, Virginia. According to this article, the rev died a month ago, so your Curmudgeon will be appropriately respectful. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Genesis 1:1 declares that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth ….” Most skeptics, including most evolutionists, reject this assertion. Darwinists quite consistently believe, for example, that chance, not intelligent design, brought about the world and all that is in it, including plant, animal, and human life. Chance becomes the god of such shallow thinkers.

Yes, dear reader, rev Hevener says you worship the god of chance. Then he brings up a familiar topic:

What is the difference between micro-evolution and macro-evolution?

We already know — see Common Creationist Claims Confuted. After doing the micro-macro mambo for a while, rev Hevener devotes the next few paragraphs to several more creationist favorites. We shall offer no rebuttal. He says:

Evolutionists have no answer to the question, “Where and how did life begin?” Neither can they explain life nor replicate it in the laboratory.

[…]

What about purported evidence supporting evolution in fossil records? [He quote-mines Stephen J. Gould.] Also, similarity of structure in living things and fossil records may be evidence of a common Designer rather than a common ancestor, as Darwinians hold.

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Then there is the question of the second law of thermodynamics. It is well known among the scientific community and laymen as well, that chemical compounds ultimately break apart into simpler materials; they do not ultimately become more complex. … Unless evolutionists can demonstrate that this Law does not apply to macro-evolution, Darwinism is awash on a sea of confusion and error.

[…]

Language change also flies in the face of the theory of development from the simple to the complex. Just as there are physical laws, such as gravity, language change also has laws. One of these laws of language is that the longer the language lives, the more simple it becomes in its grammar and structure. … If such a law continues back to early man, it would be absurd to have a simple man-like being handling a complex language. However, such a law would fit perfectly into the Genesis account where man is created mature, marriageable, and intelligent.

The rev continues:

Is evolution a religion? What is religion? One definition of religion is: A belief, founded largely upon faith, that attempts to answer such basic questions as “Where did man come from,” “How did he get here,” and “Where is he going.” Or, one could define religion as: “a system of faith.” … [M]acro-evolution is clearly a religion. Therefore, in the public schools of Virginia, the teaching of evolution should have the same restrictions placed upon it that the teachings of Christianity and Judaism have placed upon them.

And now we come to the end:

Did the complex clock (universe and life) come about by chance or design? When the evidence for intelligent design is weighed against the evidence for chance-evolution, intelligent design wins hands-down in the minds of those who are willing to accept the abundance of persuasive evidence in real life.

That was a splendid letter from rev Hevener. He may no longer be with us, but his creationist wisdom will undoubtedly endure forever.

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14 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #801: Rev. Fillmer Hevener

  1. ” [M]acro-evolution is clearly a religion. Therefore, in the public schools of Virginia, the teaching of evolution should have the same restrictions placed upon it that the teachings of Christianity and Judaism have placed upon them.”

    Yup parroting the BS that Ken Ham likes to claim, and it’s why he constantly repeats it. If you repeat something enough times…..

  2. I’m going to try to get to the Chicago Field Museum this Sunday for services. I’ll admit that I’ve been neglectful.

  3. “When the evidence for intelligent design is weighed against the evidence for chance-evolution, intelligent design wins hands-down in the minds of those who are willing to accept the abundance of persuasive evidence in real life.”
    Well, we’re still waiting for that promised evidence, any evidence, reverend.

  4. Many Hebrew scholars dispute the KJV translation of Genesis 1:1. The grammar is difficult, but it might be better rendered into English as something like, “When God began to create the Heavens and Earth …” or “The beginning of God’s creation of the Heavens and Earth…”

    There is no law of language change which says that languages become simpler. Many linguists insist that all human languages are essentially of the same complexity. For example, the large vocabulary of modern English is considered a superficial complexity when compared with many other languages.

    Evolutionists have no answer to the question, “Where and how did life begin?” Neither can they explain life nor replicate it in the laboratory.
    The fact that all of the cleverest designers have not been able to replicate the beginning of life in the laboratory does not give us reason to believe that life is the product of design. No creationist has given us an answer to how life began. The Bible is silent about God’s methods of creation.

  5. Linguistics would say, overall, that languages adapt over time, becoming simpler in some areas and more complex in others, in reaction to the needs and wants of the population that speaks it, but that there’s no actual law regarding them.
    (And, yes, languages with simply grammar and a smaller number of letters can have fantastic complexity in other areas – I forget the name, but there’s a South American language that has 21 letters and only three tenses, but has an extraordinarily complex system of pronouns, where you use a different pronoun for an uncle through your mother than you would an uncle through your father.)

  6. Michael Fugate

    Here’s another guy who thinks evolution is wrong and he could well be the next senator from Alabama:
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/alabama-senate-frontrunner-evolution-fake-212121903.html

    When the pastor [Kevin Swanson] asked him: “What does one do when God’s laws conflict with man’s laws?” Moore responded, “God’s laws are always superior to man’s laws.”

    I get the feeling that “God’s laws” is a synonym for Roy Moore’s laws.

  7. TomS and dweller42 beat me to it:

    There is no law of language change which says that languages become simpler

    Indeed there isn’t, the late Rev’s claim is demonstrably false.

    Although, his claim does illustrate the 1st Law of Creationist Rhetoric, viz.,

    No Creationist can make more than 3 claims without all of them being wrong, and one of them being total bollocks made up on the spot

  8. Michael Fugate

    If man when created were intelligent and his language were complex, then why did said man need to eat the forbidden fruit to find out he was naked?

  9. Megalonyx, I would like to request your pamphlet and/or book of Creationist Rhetoric Laws that I may disseminate it widely.

  10. Michael Fugate

    When the evidence for intelligent design is weighed against the evidence for chance-evolution, intelligent design wins hands-down in the minds of those who are willing to accept the abundance of persuasive evidence in real life.

    Dean Burnett on the Guardian, doesn’t think so.
    Admittedly, evidence reveals the advent of agriculture led to a decline in overall health and many associated problems, while hunter-gatherers were healthier overall. So, a primitive hunter-gatherer diet is healthier, right? That’s the logic behind paleo diets and the like. Except, it ignores the wider context. The health problems are believed to be due to the sudden and radical change to a more uniform diet. Basically, we invented agriculture, but we hadn’t figured out the concept of a balanced diet. This is what happens when you opt for intelligent design over evolution! But now, we have figured all this out.
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2017/sep/22/why-rejecting-the-modern-world-is-a-privileged-fantasy

  11. Ah, language complexity. Presumably our Rev is a monoglot and has no idea what other languages are like. It seems to me that almost anyone thinks that his native language is easy and natural, but others more difficult. I have anecdotes, sorry!
    I once shared an office with a Hungarian, who living in Germany , needed to speak German in everyday life. Hungarian does not have genders, so he complained that everything in German has to be arbitrarily classified as a man, woman, or child. A German colleague started to learn Danish and complained that Danish has six ways 0f forming plurals. I pointed out that German has seven, to which he perceptively said that he had taken them in with his mother’s milk and never counted. I also knew a fanatical Frenchman who claimed that only French was capable of clear and logical expression. In an international meeting he appealed to the Spanish contingent for support that any Romance language must be superior to English. They claimed, possibly only because he could be be a rather offensive person, that whenever precision was important, they wrote in English.

  12. And, jimroberts, that’s without even touching on the other dozen or so language families, some of which have vastly more languages in them.

  13. @dweller42
    I didn’t want to give the story of my life in one post!

  14. Sorry to see the Rev go. I hope his passing was peaceful. I am more sorry that many more people who believe as he does continue to reside in these United States.