Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Illinois. It’s titled Fossilization, and the newspaper has a comments section. There are only three so far, and they’re not very complimentary.
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 Phil. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I am interested in the debate regarding the theory of evolution vs. creationism. I believe both should be held to high scientific and rational standards.
No problem so far. Then he says:
It seems awkward and illogical to compare and contrast the two belief systems without judging both by the latest scientific methods. We know that Darwin used science that today’s researchers would cringe at.
If you’re hoping that Phil will explain that, you’ll be disappointed. But he tries to be fair. He tells us:
And we know that the Bible is sprinkled with inaccuracies, contradictions and what seminarians are taught to refer to as “tensions.”
Ah, we see what’s going on. Phil is equating Darwin’s allegedly cringe-worthy methods with “tensions” in the bible. He continues:
However, while we may not completely understand our universe and as we learn more, we find ourselves asking tougher and tougher questions about subjects that are as yet unsolved.
Where is Phil going with this? Let’s read on:
Can we not question what we think we know about what lies beneath our feet?
That’s the set-up. Now brace yourself, because here comes Phil’s powerful question, right at the end of his brief letter:
We have read about and seen fossils and we are told that, according to the theory of evolution, nothing happened in the past that is not happening today … then where is fossilization taking place?
Well, dear reader — have you seen any fossils forming? Admit it, you haven’t. And that makes all the evidence for evolution worthless! Great letter, Phil!
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