Creationist Wisdom #805: Evolution and Sin

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Amarillo Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas, known as “The Yellow Rose of Texas” because the city takes its name from the Spanish word for yellow. It’s titled Look to God for defense not lawyers. The newspaper doesn’t have 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 think we’ve got a preacher — Arlin Smith. After Googling around, we’re pretty sure he and his wife preach on weekends, but we can’t find any website for their church — if they have one. 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!

Increases in technology go on continuously. It is happening as scientists apply the natural laws of the earth and its universe.

Okay. No problem so far. Then the rev says:

There is no natural law in the theory of evolution. Therefore — through it — there would be no earth and all that is within the earth.

Stunning, isn’t it? After that he tells us:

Things that often happen on the earth can be described as good and evil. How an event is labeled good or evil is done in the Bible. The first two humans were the man, Adam, and the woman, Eve. Eve decided she would take the opportunity to decide for herself whether something was good or evil.

Ah yes, Adam & Eve. The rev continues:

For years now, liberal women of America have chosen to label things good or evil. One of the first, and most obvious, is the sex of a person. When they decide a person is male but has a body with the parts and functions of a female, and someone does not accept the label of a man for this person, this person is declared evil.

Liberal women are responsible! Let’s read on:

God is absolute and he has made everything through his absolutes. To rebel against his way of doing things is sin. The wages of sin is death. … Eve has birthed us all with a sinful nature. We naturally rebel against God.

Eve, how could you have done this to us? After some more bible stuff, the rev’s letter ends with this:

We have been told America is no longer a Christian nation. The effort to eliminate the public exercise of Christianity is underway. We must defend our rights by openly expressing our Christian experience — whatever this brings. But depend on God for defense — not lawyers. Their continual fees can crush you.

So there you are. The rev doesn’t like evolution, liberal women, or lawyers. And neither should you, dear reader.

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13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #805: Evolution and Sin

  1. “The effort to eliminate the public exercise of Christianity is underway.”

    No it isn’t.

  2. Sounds like he wouldn’t welcome people of non-Christian religions in his country.

  3. Arlin Smith declares

    For years now, liberal women of America have chosen to label things good or evil–

    –something no theocratic Creationist women would ever, ever do!

    This is surely another sign of the End Times. Whatever next? Will women start objecting to being groped by Hollywood moguls? Don’t they know their Biblically-prescribed place, for heaven’s sake?!

  4. Blaming women again. What about Adam? He didn’t have to go along. And what about that Devil? He/it tempted god’s obviously imperfect creation to have that snack. And men, some in high office, aren’t they too evil with respect to transgender? The mind boggles at Arlin’s misogyny and (il)logic.

  5. Michael Fugate

    Is Arlin saying that slavery is good? genocide?

    Of course without Eve, there would be no Bible, no Christianity; there would be no need for humans wouldn’t be conscious. As Jim Casy says in the Grapes of Wrath, “Before I knowed it, I was sayin’ out loud, ‘The hell with it! There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing.”

  6. Felix culpa (see Wikipedia) or “fortunate sin”.
    But don’t pin it on Eve. She was only a woman.

  7. Michael Fugate

    A better name is ridicula culpa.
    If one were to follow the church fathers, then free will really doesn’t exist. The whole thing is a sham. The only thing that matters is patriarchy – to be so shallow and still revered.

  8. Michael Fugate

    Speaking of end times, France is worried about sex, in public?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/18/obscene-pornographic-louvre-sexually-explicit-sculpture-too-risque

    Best last line – whether intentional or not –
    “I was surprised first of all, and then of course disappointed, because it (Louvre Museum) couldn’t show the art work,” van Lieshout told Reuters TV, adding that he had never intended to elicit a sexual interpretation. “I couldn’t explain my ideas to (the) larger public,” he said of the Louvre’s decision to pull out.

  9. We have been told America is no longer a Christian nation. The effort to eliminate the public exercise of Christianity is underway. We must defend our rights by openly expressing our Christian experience — whatever this brings. But depend on God for defense — not lawyers. Their continual fees can crush you.

    I can’t speak for anyone else, but in court I’d rather depend on a lawyer.

  10. The idea of “natural law” was developed by Thomas Aquinas and is still bandied about in legal circles (even the effing Supreme Court) despite being shown more than a century ago to be a rather thin veil for local traditions. Anytime you read “natural law” in a sentence, replace with “tradition” or “traditonal” and read it again. That i what the statement actually means.

  11. “Things that often happen on the earth can be described as good and evil. How an event is labeled good or evil is done in the Bible. The first two humans were the man, Adam, and the woman, Eve. Eve decided she would take the opportunity to decide for herself whether something was good or evil.”

    Eve didn’t have no Bible — she was playin’ it by ear.

    And it’s important to remember that it is Smith’s own Bible that portrays God as the Big Fat Liar, and the serpent as the Truth Teller. (And God confirms the serpent’s words in Gen 3:22.)

  12. Be careful in ascribing divine actions with words which apply to human actions.
    When God kills people, that is not murder. When God punishes people with infinite torture, that is not unjust. When God takes property, that is not theft.
    So, too, whatever God leads people to believe, it cannot be called lying.
    Oh, BTW, when God creates someting, that is not design.

  13. My mistake.