Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website WalesOnline, which refers to itself as “as Wales’ premier outlet for breaking news.” They’re located in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. The letter is titled Shepherd should not lead his flock astray, and it’s the second letter at that link. They don’t seem to have a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name, but instead of a first name he uses his initials — RH. We wrote about one of his earlier letters a month ago — see #873: Another Genius in Wales. Excerpts from his new letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
rev [sic] Dr Desmond Davies (July 6) supports a previous letter-writer in telling us that “the evidence for Darwin’s theory of evolution is irrefutable”. Not so.
We can’t find that earlier letter, but it doesn’t matter. RH claims it was all wrong. He says:
While having to agree that Darwin was generally right in what he had to say about variation occurring within animal kinds, (micro-evolution) any scientist worthy of the name will have to admit that Darwin’s belief that one kind or species could evolve from a different one (macro evolution) remains unproven because the evidence in the form of missing links is lacking.
RH is not only dancing he micro-macro mambo — see Common Creationist Claims Confuted — he also mentions missing links. Creationists love missing links. He tells us:
In his book The Origin of Species Darwin himself asked: “Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?” Quite! In his frustration Darwin remained hopeful that time would prove his theory correct. But we’re still waiting.
That’s classic quote-mining. It’s true that Darwin raised the question. That was his style. He said it was “the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory. The explanation lies, as I believe, in the extreme imperfection of the geological record.” Then he gave his explanation in Chapter 9: On the Imperfection of the Geological Record. Somehow, RH seems to have overlooked that. He also overlooked Wikipedia’s ever-growing list of transitional fossil. Anyway, he continues:
Dr Davies [the earlier letter-writer] asserts that there should be “no incompatibility between science and religion.” Well, that depends upon whether it’s testable science or pseudo-science. Good science will always back up biblical truth.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, that’s the test of whether or not science is good. Let’s read on:
I think it worth saying in passing that there are more scientists who are Christians holding to the biblical creation account than many are aware of, with some heading up university departments.
Maybe in bible colleges. Another excerpt:
Although it is possible to be a Christian and hold to an evolutionary viewpoint, it is surely very inconsistent. If one regards the biblical creation account as “myth”, with no Adam and Eve and no original sin resulting in the fall of man bringing death and suffering into the world, then one has to question the need for a Saviour; the need for Christ’s death on the Cross.
Yes, that’s a big problem for creationists — but not for Anglicans, Catholics, and many other denominations — see the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations that support evolution.
Then he purports to quote Richard Dawkins, who allegedly said:
… there really is a deep incompatibility between evolution and Christianity.
Maybe he said that, maybe he didn’t. Anyway, RH agrees, and here’s how he ends his letter
This is why the teaching of a non-historical mythical Genesis has been so damaging to the proclamation of the Gospel message. And thus, any so-called “shepherd” who promotes such teaching is plainly leading his flock astray, and placing himself and them in a very dangerous position before God.
Egad, the preacher is leading his whole flock to the Lake of Fire!
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