Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Illawarra Mercury of Illawarra, a region in the Australian state of New South Wales. It’s titled Unbeliever wants to be rational, and it’s the second letter at that link. 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 Adrian — we assume it’s a man’s name. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Response to the letter by Barry Swan, “A CLEAR INSIGHT INTO A HIGHER BEING” Mercury, Saturday December 30, 2017.
We can’t locate that letter. It doesn’t matter. Adrian says:
Mr Swan claims I am a self-styled expert in creationism, while I would suggest Mr Swan is a self-styled expert in delusion and denial. My medical knowledge of the human eye came from Dr. Joseph L. Calkins, M.D. who is Assistant Professor of Opthalmology [sic] at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. So, I did my research.
We assume Adrian’s “research” consisted of reading an article by that guy, so we Googled for him. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and he wrote this article at a creationist website, which is presumably Adrian’s source of “medical knowledge”: Design in the Human Eye. Adrian’s expert appears to be a creationist Ophthalmologist. After that, he tells us:
British philosopher, Dr Antony Flew was a leading spokesman for atheism. However, scientific discoveries within the past 30 years brought him to a conclusion he could not avoid. In a December 2004 interview he stated, “It is legitimate to ask oneself regarding the three billion letter code instructing each DNA cell, who wrote this script? Who placed this working code inside the cell? Super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature.[“]
Antony Flew was an atheist who, in his old age, became an advocate of intelligent design. Adrian then quotes another creationist, after which he says:
The unbeliever wants to be rational, yet he hold [sic] an irrational view of the universe. He denies the possibility of true knowledge even while he pursues knowledge, and he tells us (believers) we do not know what we are talking about.
Strong criticism indeed. His letter ends with this:
In essence, the evolutionist says “nobody knows for sure, but I am sure your [sic] wrong.”
And Adrian knows the evolutionist is wrong. Great letter!
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