Creationist Wisdom #860: Powerful Question

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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9 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #860: Powerful Question

  1. Michael Fugate

    The comments are spot on.

  2. Michael: I was going to comment about fossil formation, but then I read the comments you referenced. You’re right, they’re spot on. I doubt Phil will pay attention to them.

  3. Many people, including many people who have no problem with accepting the reality of evolution, think that evolution is mostly based on fossils, or that evolution is only about the past.
    There was little known about fossils in Darwin’s time, and his argument was mostly based on what was known about living things.
    In the last 150+ years, there have been many fossils which have informed us about the past, such as the details of transitional fossils. Yet still the other kinds of evidence have also expanded, such as comparative anatomy and embryology and biogeography, as well of knowledge about things which no one in the 19th century could have imagined…

  4. Don’t worry, TomS, none of them prove evolution according to creacrappers.

  5. Michael Fugate

    We all know how creationists view transitional species – crocoduck.

  6. Ross Cameron

    ‘then where is fossilization taking place?’ In spite of all the knowledge being revealed by science, the mind of the believer remains locked behind a denial wall. That`s where fossilisation is taking place.

  7. I’ve seen the fossilization of dogma, salesmanship as an end in itself and hubris among leaders who should know better in my time as an exploration geophysicist, Does any of that count ?

  8. @Michael Fulgate +1

  9. bewilderbeast

    @Ross Cameron: great stuff!
    ‘then where is fossilization taking place?’ – IN YA BRAIN, Phil. 😉