Creationist Wisdom #819: Keep the Faith!

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Marshfield News-Herald of Marshfield, Wisconsin. The letter is titled Christians shouldn’t be misled by evolution, 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. Daniel Schoessow of the Zion Lutheran Church in Granton, Wisconsin, 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!

First Presbyterian Church in Marshfield recently featured a guest speaker, the Rev. Michael Dowd, who calls himself an “evolutionary evangelist” and wrote the book “Thank God for Evolution.”

Wikipedia has an article on Michael Dowd, and we wrote about him once — see Evolution Evangelist in Tennessee. The rev doesn’t like the guy. He says:

As a Christian pastor my heart breaks to see such a compromise promoted in one of our local churches.

The rev’s heart is breaking! He tells us:

To those who think it’s possible and desirable to reconcile evolution with the Christian religion, I lovingly urge you not to give up faith in God as “maker of heaven and earth” (Apostles’ Creed).

The rev lovingly urges you! He continues:

If you surrender your faith in a God who is able to create all things by the power of his word (in six days as he says in Genesis 1), you are also losing faith in a God whose word is trustworthy, who is powerful enough to answer your prayers, and who is going to create a new heaven and earth for his believers.

Think carefully, dear reader. You’ll be giving up a lot! And for what — evolution? Let’s read on:

Embracing evolution has led many Christians to abandon their faith completely or to suffer despair and depression because God suddenly seems so powerless and un-involved.

Oh, how horrible! You don’t want to suffer despair and depression. The rev explains why evolution is so bad:

The theory of evolution is constantly changing and contradicting the laws of science, whereas the Bible remains trustworthy and true.

When you look at it that way, it’s not a difficult decision. And now we come to the end:

Please don’t “exchange the truth of God for a lie” (Romans 1:25).

Think about it, dear reader. Think hard!

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16 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #819: Keep the Faith!

  1. Charles Deetz ;)

    Someone I know wrote a book called “Ken’s guide to the Bible” that would prove the book is neither trustworthy or true.

  2. Embracing evolution has led many Christians to abandon their faith completely or to suffer despair and depression because God suddenly seems so powerless and un-involved.

    Well then, that’s a good reason not to bring a child up with superstitious hogwash, there will be less to mourn.

  3. Oh, this is good – it deserves a place in the top 10 of Creacrap Wisdom. I hardly know where to begin.

    “God as “maker of heaven and earth”
    And who is Rev. Schoessow to judge than Rev. Dowd has done so? Is he above Matth. 7:1? No? Then let me judge him – evolution is not about the making of heaven and earth. It’s about the making of species.

    “God who is able to create all things by the power of his word”
    According to Rev. Dowd (I suppose, he should confirm this first) the word that created all different species is …… evolution.

    “Embracing evolution has led many Christians to abandon their faith completely or to suffer despair and depression ”
    How true! That may very well be blamed on the false dilemma Rev. Schoessow promotes: you shall either believe in evolution or be a christian.

    “The theory of evolution is constantly changing”
    Of course. Humans are fallible. So their understanding is fallible. Rev. Schoessow demands the impossible – something his god doesn’t even ask.

    “Please don’t “exchange the truth of God for a lie”
    Excellent advise! Now only if Rev. Schoessow practiced it himself – it’s the creationists who do the lying.

  4. I agree! Evilution is dead wrong! So any biological or medical treatments are also wrong! So do NOT believe in evilution and its offspring medicine! When the faithful get sick, PRAY to gawd, then die! Because that is what was happening for the 2000yrs from jesus, so continue the tradition! Of course xtians can continue to be hypocrites and run to hospitals while sick, and deny that it works and claim gawd did it!

  5. As far as thetimeless truth of Scripture, find someone from a hundred years ago who believed as you do:
    That God created “kinds”, not species.
    That kinds produced today’s species by a burst of micro-evolution after the Flood.
    That the creation took place over 6 days of 24 hours about 6000 years ago.
    Or someone from 500 years ago:
    The Earth is a planet of the Sun.
    That it is a good idea to celebrate Christmas with a Christmas Crib and a Christmas Tree.
    … And I won’t get into more emotional issues like marriage and race.

  6. Ceteris Paribus

    The Rev. Daniel Schoessow implores:

    “Embracing evolution has led many Christians to abandon their faith completely or to suffer despair and depression because God suddenly seems so powerless and un-involved.”

    If the good Rev is intending to make this a binary choice with no other outcome possible, then logically the result must be either that:

    1. Embracing evolution will result in human happiness.
    or
    2. Your “powerless and un-involved God” will somehow still smite you with despair and depression.

  7. So, the Rev. would have us “un-see” the evidence supporting evolution, and mindlessly embrace every word of the Old Testament as literal Truth?

    Shouldn’t he, as a purported Christian, focus more on the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus? I wonder if he eats bacon.

  8. But the New Testament does not say a word about evolution. Nor the Old Testament. Nor did any Christians before – let’s say, before about AD 1500.

  9. “The theory of evolution is constantly changing and contradicting the laws of science, whereas the Bible remains trustworthy and true.”

    This Missouri Synod (the fundamentalist Lutheran group) rev has it backward. In the past 150 years science, archaeology, and history have shown that the bible is far less accurate than once believed, whereas natural selection as proposed by Darwin remains the single best explanation for adaptive evolution. On top of that, add all the genetic evidence in favor of evolution, especially modern genomic evidence. The rev is right to the extent that evolutionary theory (which he obviously does not understand) has changed, but that theory doesn’t contradict any “laws” of science. How does the rev rationalize the hundreds of contradictions in his “trustworthy and true” bible?

  10. Michael Fugate

    If a biology textbook were never updated, it would be more trustworthy and true than one that is updated?

  11. When did the Missouri Synod finally accept heliocentrism?
    My understnding, which is not very reliable, so that’s why II’m asking, is that geocentrism was widespread in the Missouri Synod as recent as 150 years ago.

  12. TomS, good question. Without researching it, I can only share my memory that astronomy and heliocentrism were accepted scientific facts by MOSynod Lutherans in the 1950s. Evolution wasn’t, and you had better believe creation was in 6 days and Jonah was in the belly of that whale. The OT was literally true. The contradictions were, of course, ignored. Other Lutheran bodies accepted evolution.

  13. Scientist asks a question that can be answered with proper scientific research: “How does the rev rationalize the hundreds of contradictions?”
    By denying that they are contradictions, no matter how.

  14. How to rationalize?
    By changing the subject.

  15. Embracing evolution has led many Christians to abandon their faith completely or to suffer despair and depression because God suddenly seems so powerless and un-involved.

    What’s “powerless and uninvolved” about a God Who created the laws of nature and the original “seed” of space, time, matter and energy, and did so in such a way that life is possible and is capable of evolving?

    It seems to me that it’s the good reverend whose faith needs shoring up.