Creationist Wisdom #903: The Greatest Day

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Courier-Tribune of Asheboro, North Carolina. It’s titled How to find wisdom about everything in life, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. We found a physician with her name in Asheboro, but we’re not certain it’s the same person. Anyway, her first name is Marion. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The older I get and the more experiences I have in life both increase my appreciation of the Bible. [Good for you, Marion!] The Bible is like God speaking to us, and He wants to share with us His wisdom about everything that is important in life.

We’re in the presence of a great mind, dear reader, so pay attention! She says:

Every day, my daughter and I read 50 verses and groups of verses that have mainly to do with the subject of healing, as she has been burdened with a congenital disease called alpha-mannosidosis which has gradually destroyed her neurological system and cannot be cured except by a miracle from God.

Wikipedia has an article on Alpha-mannosidosis. It’s an incurable genetic defect. Marion tells us:

Our studies have given us wisdom about many things. We know, for instance, that humankind has been created by God, not by accidents of evolution.

That’s wisdom indeed! She continues:

We know that God loves all of us and does not want any to be sick or to enter the next life without obtaining the free gift of salvation.

Okay. Let’s read on:

It is no wonder the Devil has worked so diligently to get the Bible out of the school system.

Yes, the Devil is a bad dude! Another excerpt:

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get the Bible back into our public schools? [Yes — oh yes!] We need God in everything we do.

Marion is so wise! Her letter ends on an inspirational note, from which we took our title:

It reminds me of what a minister in Grandville, Mich., named Duane Vander Klok once said, that the greatest day of his life was when he realized that God was smarter than he was!

A great day indeed! We never heard of Duane VanderKlok, but he’s mentioned as a pastor in Wikipedia’s List of megachurches in the United States.

So what did we learn from Marion’s letter? We’re not sure. What do you think, dear reader?

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12 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #903: The Greatest Day

  1. Methinks he should be thanking the doctors and researchers involved, even Wikipedia for helping them to understand, than thanking the god whose plan it was to inflict that disease upon his daughter. (It is part of His plan for her, don’t you know.)

  2. Didn’t learn much, but did confirm my observation that many physicians can be dolts.

  3. Actually, Dr. Griffin is a man. He frequently posts all manners of nonsense in the Courier-Tribune. It makes sense he supported Ben Carson a couple of years ago. Both of them are science denying surgeons.

  4. “We know, for instance, that humankind has been created by God, not by accidents of evolution.”

    Another idiot religionist who confuses “believing” nonsense with being the same thing as “knowledge”. People who believe the Earth is flat are not “knowledgeable”, but they are way too stupid to “know” that.

    “Duane Vander Klok once said, that the greatest day of his life was when he realized that God was smarter than he was!”

    Since the biblical gawds (plural) think that the Earth is flat, located in the center of the universe, disease is caused by demons, one day stars will fall to the ground, and is also pro-slavery and thinks that magic actually works, etc. we can conclude that Vander Klok is a raving idiot.

  5. To be perfectly honest, if the Bible has enabled Marion and her daughter to be at peace in the face of this relentless disease, then more power to them. I could do without the exhortation to bring the Bible back into schools; the link between this and their personal circumstances is a bit of a stretch.

  6. I checked on Wikipedia on the gender of the given name “Marion”. There are both females and males with that name. A couple of famous males with that given name are John Wayne and Pat Robertson.

  7. Stephen Kennedy

    ” as she has been burdened with a congenital disease called alpha-mannosidosis which has gradually destroyed her neurological system and cannot be cured except by a miracle from God.”

    Before going to medical school and getting my MD, I received a BS in Physics. For this unfortunate woman’s disease to resolve would not take a miracle since a cure would break no laws of Physics. What it would be is an extremely low probability event. Creationists always seem to say medically favorable but extremely low probability outcomes that break no laws of Physics have to be the work of some supernatural agency.

  8. @Stephen Kennedy
    Creationists also point to the laws of physics as evidence of an intelligent supernatural designer.
    And they claim that life itself is a violation of the laws of thermodynamics, and thus a proof of an intelligent supernatural designer.
    And Young Earth Creationism is held despite its incompatibility with the laws of physics.
    Etc.

  9. TomS: I have explained previously that life (and indeed any process in the universe) depends on the second law of thermodynamics, and that Noether’s Theorem explains many of the most fundamental laws of physics as arising from natural symmetries: no god needed. In fact, a god mucking about with things would destroy those symmetries.

  10. @Richard Bond
    Yes, indeed.
    After all, biochemistry does explain what goes on the chemistry of living things.
    While I have never studied biochemistry, I am confident that the laws of thermodynamics – being so important in chemical reactions – are necessary to account for the chemistry of life.
    Noether’s Theorem is about the relatonship between symmetries and conservaton laws. Superficially, it would seem that a “Law of Conservation of Complex Specified Information” would have a related symmetry, but I don’t think that such a principle is formulated to be subject to Noether’s Theorem. (CSI can spontaneously decrease. Human designers are not subject to the
    limitations. Small increases are permitted. And where can we find a mathematical formulation of the principle?)

  11. Michael Fugate

    Did someone take over “TomB” – that comment seems suspicious?
    All Ann need do is tell us who, what, when, where and why nylonase DI allowed comments – who’s afraid?

  12. Doctor, are you saying that if we bring the Bible back into our schools, your daughter’s affliction will go away? That is what I take from your letter. Based on what evidence. This affliction struck only after the Supreme Court decision. Never happened in history to anyone else before that date? Dubious logic