Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of Lowell, Arkansas. That’s a regional edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the state’s largest newspaper. The letter is titled Views should inspire more thinking … about columns, and the newspaper has a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Harold. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Art Hobson tells us to “Believe less, think more” [Dec. 12]. A good place to start is with almost everything he tells us in his columns. In this latest he takes yet another jab at Christians with remarks like “biased nonsense … pre-conceived beliefs … virgin births … etc.” He mocks “creationism,” asserting that evolution is “massively supported by … the majority of scientists.” (And 100 percent of the designers and builders of the Titanic agreed that she was “unsinkable.”)
Harold is referring to this: Is anti-intellectualism at the root of modern problems? The author, Art Hobson, is a columnist for that newspaper, and he’s also Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Arkansas
Harold didn’t like Professor Hobson’s article. He says:
I wish to ask the professor several questions. Space limits these to only a few of many. If evolution is “settled science” as one local pastor has claimed, why is the earth not full of the fossil evidence for it? To the frustration of those who want verification for their dearly loved theory, it is not. Where is the evidence for one species evolving into another, that is, an isolated breeding group with new body parts and complex organs? There is none. God has decreed that each will reproduce “after its kind.” Countless breeds of dogs, but they’re all dogs.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A classic ark-load of creationist clunkers! But Harold’s just getting started. He tells us:
We see in nature many examples of symbiosis, the “intimate living together of two dissimilar organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship.” As an example, some termites eat only cellulose (wood, like your house) but they can’t digest it! In their intestines are microscopic “flagellates” that do the digesting. But these creatures cannot exist in free oxygen. Prof. Hobson, please tell us how this situation could “evolve.” How could it work “half-evolved”or even “almost evolved?”
That’s his evolution-killer? He wants to see a half-evolved termite? We won’t bother with that one. Harold continues:
Finally there is something called “irreducible complexity.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Get ready, dear reader — here comes the drool:
Many things, body parts, machines, etc., cannot function if even one working part is missing. Like a simple mousetrap, with one of its very few parts missing. Whatever it is now, it won’t catch any mice. Tiny organisms, invisible to the naked eye, are seen to have mobility with a tiny “motor” and a “tail.” Without these they could not exist. Thus we see a “complex” situation which is “non-reducible.” Was there a time when this was “half-evolved?”
This is probably Harold’s source of information: Rev. David Rives Explains Irreducible Complexity Then, having dazzled us with his knowledge, Harold asks:
Does this not all suggest, perhaps to those who are “thinking more,” that there is a designer? Those of us who are “thinking more,” as Hobson encourages, see design all around us and in us!
In his final paragraph, Harold makes a big mistake — see if you can spot it:
In this culture of increasing hostility of people of faith, I write this to encourage those who have a personal relationship with the Designer, the same One who took on the form of man at His birth in Bethlehem. We know why He came, and we especially celebrate this at this time of year.
Yes, that’s right — he identifies the designer. The Discoveroids have tried for 20 years to keep that a secret. Ah well, sooner or later, someone was going to figure it out. Good work, Harold!
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