We learned about today’s letter-to-the-editor thanks to a tip from Gwyllm Griffiths. It appears in the News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina, and they have a comments feature. The letter is titled No one has proven life can come from nonlife.
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 Gary. 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!
The irony is palpable. Many people are going bananas [Oook, Oook!] over the hopes that Mars possibly might have a lake. This has given rise to the idea that there may have been some bacteria that has evolved, i.e., life. Their logic is simply, because the Earth has water and life, Mars must also.
We wrote about that a couple of weeks ago — see A Lake of Water Found on Mars. We don’t recall going bananas over it, but we did say that it would be fun to watch for creationists’ reactions. Now the fun begins. Gary says:
The irony is that one could take all of the Earth’s oceans, lakes and rivers, and no life would evolve. [Really?] Since the 1880s science has proven that life cannot come from nonlife.
Jeepers! What happened in the 1880s? Louis Pasteur’s work — which we discuss in Common Creationist Claims Confuted, was done in 1859, and he didn’t accomplish what Gary is claiming. We must be missing something. Anyway, Gary then tells us:
There is no such thing as spontaneous generation. After thousands of experiments in perfect laboratory conditions, all attempts of producing life from chemicals have failed, even bacterial life.
Ah yes, that which hasn’t yet been done will never be done. It’s a creationist law of nature, which explains why science has never accomplished anything — and never will! Gary continues:
As Ph.D. geologist Roger Gallop [Who?] has shown in his book “Evolution, the Greatest Deceit in Modern History,” that evolution is not even a theory or hypothesis. For they must be based on observation — of which there is none. [Gasp!] He proclaims evolution is merely an “assumption.”
We found that book at Amazon (Gary got a word in the title wrong): Evolution – The Greatest Deception in Modern History. Somehow, we never heard of Gallop or his book before.
Anyway, here’s the end of Gary’s letter:
We simply should take God at His word: “In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” (Exodus 20:11).
There you are, dear reader. Gary has given us much to think about. His letter is a life-changer!
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