Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s a column, really) appears in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, published three times a week in Wasilla, Alaska — of which Sarah Palin was mayor before her election as Governor of Alaska. It’s titled Darwinian Naturalism Is The Religion Of America , 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 Ethan Hansen, pastor of the Faith Bible Fellowship in Big Lake, Alaska, which has no website. This is the second time we’ve featured a column by the rev. The first was #776: What a Face! As we said there:
[W]e call your attention to the rev’s photograph which appears above his column at the newspaper’s website. You gotta click over there to see it! Were it not for our caution about possible copyright violations, we would have copied it and placed it above this post. We think the rev’s photo should be the universal symbol of creationism.
Okay. Here are some excerpts from the rev’s latest, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The primary religion of America today is Darwinian Naturalism. Every person has a world view. A worldview is a way of viewing the world around us. This world view is very popular. Darwinian Naturalism has six basic tenets.
The rev gives us the six basic articles of the Darwinian faith. He crunches them into two paragraphs, but they’re important, so we’ll list them separately, without comment:
First, matter is all that exists and it has existed eternally. Carl Sagan years ago began his hit television series Cosmos with the same words every time. He said, “The Cosmos is all there is or was or ever will be.”
The second major tenet is that the cosmos is a closed system. They believe there is no God. God has never intervened in history.
Third, human beings are complex machines. Human beings are nothing more than a product of physical and chemical processes. We are not made in the image of God.
Fourth, death is the end of all personality and individuality. There is no life after death. When a person dies, it is over.
Fifth, morality is determined solely by the individual and circumstances. There is no transcendent revelation. God has not spoken.
Finally, history is a linear series of events linked by cause and effect. There is no overarching purpose to history. There is no big idea. History is random.
Impressive, huh? The rev has obviously given this much thought. After that he says:
This is the prevailing philosophy in America today. Thankfully, as Christians God has given us something much better! … A Christian worldview or philosophy contains three big ideas.
Then the rev gives us biblical worldview. Skipping his scripture references and commentary, it’s this:
The first big idea is that God created the universe and it all belongs to Him. … A creation presupposes a Creator. If there is a building, there must a builder. If there is a painting, there must be a painter. If there is a meal, there must be a chef. Our universe operates on cause and effect! [Wasn’t that one of the false ideas of Darwinism?] God created all things and He created them out of nothing. Our culture believes that matter is eternal and had the power to create all things. No. Matter is not eternal. God is eternal and He created all things. Evolution does not answer the question of origins. The real question is, “Where did matter come from?”
That’s the first big idea. He continues:
The second big idea is that God cursed the world and it is no longer what it was intended to be. … Man’s sin in the garden brought God’s curse. … The universe is running down. It is decaying. The second law of thermodynamics says that things move toward disorder. … Spring leads to summer. Summer leads only to autumn and winter. The entire creation is locked into a cycle of decay. … Most people think that sin is not a big deal. Sin is a big deal! One man’s sin eating one piece of fruit resulted in the curse of the entire universe.
That was the second. Let’s read on:
Thankfully, a Christian worldview contains a third crucial big idea. The third big idea is that God will renew the universe and it will be free of its curse. … The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus are very powerful. His sacrificial death frees the believer from his sins. Jesus offers salvation. But one day Jesus is coming back to make all things right. When Jesus Christ returns and we are revealed as the children of God creation itself will be restored. Yes, creation was subjected to futility (vanity) but a better day is coming.
The rev’s final paragraph sums it all up:
Matter is not eternal. God is eternal. The cosmos is not a closed system. God has intervened through His Son Jesus. Human beings are not just complex machines. We are very complex but we are made in the image of God. We are designed to know God. Death is not the end. Death is the beginning. Every person spends eternity somewhere. Morality is not determined solely by the individual and circumstances. God has spoken in the Bible. History is not a linear series of events. History is moving rapidly to the crescendo of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus!
Your Curmudgeon is so overwhelmed by the rev’s wisdom that we have no witty commentary. We’ll leave that to you, dear reader.
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