Creationist Wisdom #843: Darwin’s Lie

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Uinta County Herald of Evanston, Wyoming. The letter is titled What’s wrong with us?, 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 Jonathan Lange, pastor of Our Saviour Lutheran 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!

He begins with a few graphic paragraphs describing the recent school shootings in Florida, and then says:

There is no explaining it away. Even the most callous materialist who has no earthly reason to be bothered by death [Huh?] is horrified by it. PETA [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] may argue that human life deserves no more respect than animal life. But such sophomoric rhetoric dissolves in the face of actual human tragedy. Human slaughter is different than animal slaughter, and we know it.

That was just a warm-up. Then he says:

Darwin teaches that people are mere cosmic accidents, with no meaning or purpose. Even more, Darwinism teaches that the violent death of our forebears is the happy reason we have progressed to our current evolutionary state. For over 150 years we have been told that death is our friend and ally. So why should 17 more grieve us?

Yeah, Darwin was a really bad guy! The rev tells us:

But they do grieve us, and no one escapes it. In an instant everyone can perceive Darwin’s lie.

That’s where we got our title from. The letter continues:

When people die, we instinctively know that something is wrong. … Does anybody really believe that having a perfect health system will fix it? Does anybody really believe that a world with no guns would be a world in which nothing is wrong? If we were all armed to the teeth, would the world be all sunshine and roses? Of course not!

Come on, rev — give us the answer! Let’s read on:

The only way that you could claim them to be even marginal improvements on the world is if you could show that they contributed to fixing that one thing at the root of it all. So, again, what is the one thing that would cure the whole world?

Ooooooooooooh! What is it, rev? What’s the one thing? He takes his time getting around to it. We’ll have to skip over an ark-load of nothingness until we get to our next excerpt:

Even the lack of love in this world is not the root cause, but only a symptom. The root cause is sin. Ultimately, the problem with our hearts is not what others do to them. The problem is what is inside of them.

Ah, at last. Now what? The rest of the rev’s letter is a bunch of bible stuff, so we’re going to quit here. The key message to take home, dear reader, is that Darwin lied to us. Once you accept that, the rest is easy.

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6 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #843: Darwin’s Lie

  1. Hi Rev. I’m pretty sure what’s inside my heart is blood. I hope so anyway.

  2. Michael Fugate

    God won’t fix it either. Neither will banning Darwin from schools. Let’s face it the god of the Bible is a cosmic bungler and after screwing things up tries to blame the victim. Responsibility, anyone?

  3. “Even the most callous materialist who has no earthly reason to be bothered by death [Huh?] is horrified by it.”
    Already at this moment I stop taking Jonny seriously. Already when I was 9 or 10 years old I realized (independently from Mark Twain many decades before) that death is nothing to be afraid of – the process of dying is. It’s very OK with me if I don’t wake up tomorrow because my heart stops beating.

    “Human slaughter is different than animal slaughter, and we know it.”
    Agreed. No animal but Homo Sapiens has done anything comparable to the two World Wars. Lots of christian politicians and monarchs were involved in starting them. Why didn’t the prospect of millionths of horrific deaths grieve them? Oh, of course, the ultimate christian cop out, that soothes the conscience and takes away responsibility: sin and the glorious prospect of your god forgiving you anyway.

  4. Wrongdoing is caused by sin. Fires are caused by oxygen. Fire brigades are useless because they don’t tackle the root cause

  5. EVERYWHERE around this globe where people live horrid lives you will find religion (superstitions) in abundance!!! and it is a circle…tribe in africa….
    our kids die cuz ghosts take them to heaven
    there are ghost cuz kids die
    our kids die cuz ghost take them to heaven
    and around it goes…no one asks WHY cuz that is blasphemy!!!
    so kids continue to die!
    Religion has never done good for people. And when the religious BS is used to interfere with knowledge and science things NEVER get better.

  6. Holding The Line In Florida

    “Ultimately, the problem with our hearts is not what others do to them. The problem is what is inside of them.” I think the good Rev is saying, “If people woke up to the foolishness of religion and their concept of sin, then I would have to go out and find a real job; and that would be a problem in my heart for me!”