Creationist Wisdom #814: Design Is So Obvious

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Patriot-News of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It’s titled Looking for God? Look at the foliage, 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. It’s Rev. Glen Bayly, who runs something called the Rev. Glen Bayly Religious Center of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, which has no website. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

The ‘leaf season’ is coming to a close seemingly a few weeks later than it usually does. As I thought about the continuing beauty of the leaves, I was reminded of the complexity and beauty of the world God designed. Those who fail to acknowledge the Great Designer of the universe do so by rejection of the obvious.

Do you reject the obvious, dear reader? Then pay attention to what the says:

There have to be trees. This is not a simple matter of the combination of time, space, matter, and energy. As the poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer noted in his poem, ‘Trees,’ ‘I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.’ He concluded the poem with the classic line, ‘Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can made a tree.’ Just the information needed to produce all of the components of a living tree are enough to leave us in awe, much less that the blueprint is contained in the seed from which it comes.

Impressive, huh? As an irrelevant aside, we always thought the poet was a woman named Joyce Kilmer, but the Wikipedia write-up on him on him says he was born Alfred Joyce Kilmer. The rev gives us several more remarkable items to consider:

The leaves have to die and fall off the tree and then grow again each year. There need to be the changes in the seasons – light, temperature, and moisture – that all affect the change of colors in the process.

The rays of light from the sun have to contain different wavelengths that can be detected in the various colors. A black and white fall would not be so spectacular. (God uses those colors more in his winter decor.)

We have to have eyes to receive the light rays that carry the colors to us. The complexity of the human eye is another magnificent product of the Creator – just the 100 million rods and six million cones to receive the light are the height of complexity.

And that’s not all. The rev’s list of wonders continues:

Then we need a brain to process the information of light rays received in the eye to convert them into the beautiful pageantry that we ‘see.’

We need the sun to provide the energy that the light provides for photosynthesis and we need to have a precisely placed planet earth in the solar system which is tilted at just the right angle in its axis to produce the four seasons.

Finally, trees have to be able to reproduce themselves to make a forest of brilliant participants in the fall’s great splendor.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] This is overwhelming! Let’s read on:

The design of the Creator is apparent in every aspect of the world we live in, from the stars and galaxies to the microscopic cells that make up life. As most Americans still think this is obvious, why is it that we continue to indoctrinate our youth from elementary school to the universities that it is all an accident of blind change?

Why? Why? Then he asks even more questions:

Why is it illegal in Pennsylvania to mention the Creator in the science classrooms of our state? Why is there censorship of any opposing viewpoints to the theory of evolution?

The rev apparently never heard of the US Constitution. Or Article I, Section 3 of the Pennsylvania Constitution either. Also, Article III, Section 15 of the state Constitution says

No money raised for the support of the public schools of the Commonwealth shall be appropriated to or used for the support of any sectarian school.

Here’s yet another question from the rev:

Why don’t we still ‘hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights?’

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’ve seen creationists quote-mine the Declaration before. Like the rest of them, the rev conveniently leaves out the Declaration’s first sentence. You know, the one that says the American people were assuming “the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” entitle them. But who or what is “Nature’s God” who functions according to the “Laws of Nature”? Does it sound like Yahweh? No, it doesn’t, and that’s why creationist quote-miners always skip Jefferson’s first sentence.

And now we come to the end:

I hope that those who have imposed this false indoctrination might reconsider their assumptions. If everything appears to have been carefully designed, maybe it really is!

Well, dear reader, after reading the rev’s letter, are you going to reconsider your assumptions?

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12 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #814: Design Is So Obvious

  1. Calling God the Great Designer is deism. Something that a Voltaire woud say.
    Does life fit the great design of the laws of nature? Or is life an exception?
    Is the hierarchy of biological taxonomy part of the great design?

  2. What a bunghole. Tore him a new one in the comments there.

  3. One of the signs of a delusion is selective reasoning–ignoring the negatives and concentrating solely on the good aspects. The Rev ignores the fact there are poisonous trees, evolved to kill. As there in all aspects of Nature-bushes, flowers, animals, insects, bacteria. If he says they were Created, then he has to accept a malicious god. But, then, that`s never part of a delusion.

  4. @Ross Cameron
    You point out just one of the internal contradictions of creationism. Another is what the creationist falsely claim about the world of life, that life is contrary to a design of the laws of nature, so contrary, they claim, that it takes special attention from an omnipotent, omnisicent breaking of the design of nature.
    Life is obviously, so the creationists claim, that it is obvious that it is the work of a God, rather than of the worker following the design of nature.

  5. Just the information needed to produce all of the components of a living tree are enough to leave us in awe, much less that the blueprint is contained in the seed from which it comes.

    What leaves me in awe is that a creationist can say this without realizing that to produce an actual tree, a seed has to grow into something much more complex than it is. So much for their argument that nature doesn’t allow complexity to increase.

  6. @Eric Lipps
    It is interesting that many of the arguments against evolution used today (of course, they are only against evolution, never for an alternative) were used in the 18th century against reproduction and for preformationism (See the artiicle in Wikipedia.)
    It is interesting to try this: when one come across a new argument agaiinst evolution, see if the argument works at least as well against reproduction (growth, genetics, metabolism, etc.) Remember that Christian theology says that the indivual stands in a special relationship with one’s Creator and Redeemer, it is not a matter of universalism, the species or “kind”.

  7. The Rev may be awed by trees and their colorful fall foliage (confined mostly to certain areas of the world). I’m awed by their ability to raise water hundreds of feet into the air without a pump. But those colors and special (actually dead) cells that conduct water, when looked at in detail, have natural explanations. So does the genetic information. Design may be “obvious” to the Rev, but he is deceived. Too much poetry?

  8. The Rev thinks there have to be trees. He lives in a small town in Pennsylvania, a coined word that means “Penn Forest”. If he had lived all his life on the Nullabor, another coined word that means “no tree”, he might be of a different opinion.

  9. Michael Fugate

    Creator can mean many things – and the Christian god is only one.

  10. “The leaves have to die and fall off the tree”
    This preacher obviously never has visited a tropical country.

    ” quote-mine the Declaration before”
    A declaration that is only relevant to a small part of the human population, I haste to stress. It means zilch to me.

  11. And that glorious color of death is due to the Fall.

  12. Uh … re “• The leaves have to die and fall off the tree and then grow again each year. There need to be the changes in the seasons – light, temperature, and moisture – that all affect the change of colors in the process.” Has this idiot every heard of evergreens?