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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