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 Al. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
As scientists penetrate deeper into the Micro and Macro worlds, the more mysterious and complex their discoveries become. Either Creationism or Darwinism, is how each of us has came to be.
Yes, it keeps getting more mysterious. Then Al says:
I have often wondered how many people that believe in Darwinian evolution have read “The Origin Of Species.”
We suspect it’s a few more than creationists. But Al has read it — at least a wee part of it, and he tells us:
For those that haven’t read it all, the last sentence reads as follows, “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been and are being evolved.”
Lots of creationists quote-mine that sentence. Interestingly, the phrase “by the Creator” wasn’t in the first edition of Origin of Species. Al seems unaware of that. He tells us:
Darwin’s statement “originally breathed by the Creator” opens his entire naturalistic discourse to include a Divine and supernatural connection.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! In 1863, in a letter to J. D. Hooker, Darwin wrote:
But I have long regretted that I truckled to public opinion & used Pentateuchal term of creation, by which I really meant “appeared” by some wholly unknown process … . It is mere rubbish thinking, at present, of origin of life; one might as well think of origin of matter…. .
To exist in Darwin’s macro evolutionary world there would be no eternal existence, no moral judgment, no cosmic purpose; man would be like the animals that are controlled by their natural instinct.
Actually, that’s pretty much what the bible says — see Is Evolution in the Bible?, but creationists always ignore Ecclesiastes, and we don’t indulge in quote-mining — except to show quote-miners that their silly game can be a two-way street.
The rest of Al’s letter consists of scripture quotes, so this is where we’ll leave him.
And so, dear reader, you have a decision to make. Was Darwin a creationist? Al says he was, and if he’s right, then you should admit that you’ve been a fool!
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