Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a column) appears in the Murray Ledger & Times of Murray, Kentucky. It’s titled Is organic evolution a fact?, and the newspaper has a comments section, but we don’t see any comments yet.
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 Jonnie Hutchison, pastor of the Green Plain church of Christ. He seems to be a regular contributor to that newspaper. We wrote about one of his columns before — see Evolution Has No Morality. We’ll give you some excerpts from the rev’s new column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In most circles in our society the Darwinian “theory of organic evolution” is widely accepted as fact. It is taught in public schools as a fact. It is held to be a fact by most institutions of higher learning. It is stated as a fact in the media. Those who reject organic evolution are viewed as either religious fanatics or an ignorant, unenlightened “fundamentalist minority.”
The rev has described the problem — but it’s not a problem for him. He says:
Is the theory of organic evolution a fact? The very definition of a theory suggests that which is speculative and conjectural. If there is sufficient evidence to prove a theory, then it ceases to be a theory.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We see this all the time. Creationists love to confuse their drooling followers about the meaning of “theory,” so that it becomes nothing more that a wild guess — or even an arbitrary assumption. A good set of definitions is provided by the National Academy of Sciences: Definitions of Evolutionary Terms. There’s also this: Scientific Hypothesis, Theory, Law Definitions. The National Center for Science Education has definitions right here.
Having confused his readers about the meaning of “theory,” the rev continues:
Some have theorized that earth is being visited by aliens from another planet. Yet, merely advancing such a theory does not make it a fact no matter how many people may believe it. Such is the case with the theory of organic evolution. Where is the evidence that takes it from the realm of theory to fact?
Good question — where’s the evidence? The rev tells us:
Consider this: there is no scientific evidence that life has or can be produced from non-life by purely natural means. Yet, this is a necessary tenet in the theory of evolution. Evolutionists assume that life created itself by a process known as biogenesis or spontaneous generation. In essence, this process involved a dead rock, which begin to ooze non-living “primeval, prebiotic, organic soup” which was then struck by lightning and the soup came to life. This is, of course, a non-provable assumption. Where is the evidence that such occurred?
Admit it, dear reader. You have no evidence for that oozing rock, do you? The rev tells us what that means:
Since biogenesis is unprovable so is the theory of evolution for biogenesis is required for organic evolution to be a reality.
Wow! The rev has decisively disproved evolution! So what’s the alternative? Let’s read on:
The Bible identifies the origin of life. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7). … Which is more reasonable to believe – that life created itself by a mere chance occurrence from non-living material, or that an intelligent, all powerful, eternal God produced all life by His creative power?
He’s right! The God of the gaps is by far the more reasonable thing to believe. Not only that, but the rev has evidence for his belief. Here it comes:
The Psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). The intricate design of this material universe is evidence, not only of the existence of God, but that He is responsible le [sic] for its origin.
Impressive, huh? And that’s not all. He has more evidence:
The placement of the sun and the moon relative to the earth allows life to exist. Is this a mere chance occurrence or by divine design? The existence of gravity which prevents us from floating off into space – is it merely a chance occurrence or is it by divine design?
Powerful questions! And now we come to the end:
The theory of evolution is unproven and unprovable. On the other hand, there is abundant evidence that “God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).
So there you are, dear reader. We started this blog post as skeptical, but now we’re convinced. We hope you are too — otherwise the Lake of Fire will be your eternal punishment.
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