Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Medicine Hat News of Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada. According to Wikipedia, the city name is from the eagle tail feather headdress worn by Blackfoot medicine men. The letter is titled Evolution remains an unproved idea, 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 Canon Ivor Ottrey, presumably of the St. Barnabas Anglican Church. 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!
True science is not in conflict with the Bible. The Bible declares “In the beginning[“?] God spoke creation into being. An amazing claim but the God of the Bible is Almighty, all wise and present everywhere. The alternative is the idea of evolution that everything happened by chance, that life suddenly came to be and through billions of years from a simple cell evolved to where we are now all without God and without design.
The rev doesn’t close his quotes, so we had to guess where his scriptural quote ended. Then he says:
First of all there is no such thing as a simple cell: Recent discoveries prove that even at the microscopic level, life has a quality of complexity that could not have come about through evolution.
[*Gasp!*] How have “recent discoveries” proved that? The rev tells us:
These cells have irreducible complexity which means if one part does not work the rest of it cannot.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He’s talking about the Discoveroid mantra of Irreducible complexity. Wikipedia says:
[Michael] Behe uses the mousetrap as an illustrative example of this concept. A mousetrap consists of five interacting pieces: the base, the catch, the spring, the hammer, and the hold-down bar. All of these must be in place for the mousetrap to work, as the removal of any one piece destroys the function of the mousetrap.
The rev continues:
Now regarding fossils: There has not been one case that can honestly show the development of one into another! On the other hand on Genesis Week [a creationist TV show], severalfossils [sic] which evolutionists claimed in one case was billions of years old, and a horseshoe crab, a dragonfly and a fish millions of years old and beside them were photos of all these creatures alive today revealing no evolution!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The rev is bamboozled by the existence of so-called living fossils. He thinks evolution demands that all organisms should simultaneously evolve, leaving none of their un-mutated relatives behind. In other words: Why are there still monkeys? Let’s read on:
Now repeatedly in Genesis Chapter 1 we read “All these created creatures and trees, etc., were to reproduce after their own kind. And that is always what human beingshave [sic] seen and known.
That time the rev not only failed to close his quote, but he also doesn’t use spaces between his words. And now we come to the end:
Scientific observation agrees with the Word of God. All scientific discoveries are finding the wonders that God designed and created. Evolution is not science but unproved idea whereas the Bible is truth.
Yes, “all scientific discoveries” are proving that the rev speaks The Truth™. So why are you still a hell-bound Darwinist?
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