Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Winston-Salem Journal of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The letter is titled Reasons to believe. It’s the second letter at that link, 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 him by using his full name. He’s a retired money management counselor, but that doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. His first name is Harvey. 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 writer of the letter “An entertaining column” (Dec. 7) states that she prefers science and the human ability to reason rather than believing that a god controls our destinies.
Harvey is talking about this letter, the writer of which says she prefers science to religion. Harvey is outraged, and he says:
I believe that she has not adequately considered the reasons to believe that God does exist. Word limitations for letters enable me to mention only a few of these reasons.
Presumably, Harvey is going to give us his best reasons. He tells us:
Nuclear physicist Hugh Siefken [whoever that is] declared, “My faith can be summed up in this one paradox: I believe in science, and I believe in God.” And, according to Lee Strobel [a creationist author], “many other scientists see no inherent conflict between their profession and their conclusion that a miracle-working God is responsible for creating and sustaining the universe.”
That’s pretty good evidence! What else does Harvey have? He continues:
Antony Flew, who previously was widely regarded as the world’s most notorious atheist, asserted, “I now believe that the universe was brought into existence by an infinite Intelligence. I believe that this universe’s intricate laws manifest what scientists have called the Mind of God.”
When Flew flipped out — based on no scientific evidence whatsoever — the Discoveroids were all excited — see Dembski: The Collapse of Darwin’s Berlin Wall. Harvey is all excited too. Let’s read on:
For intelligent life to exist, all the vital organs need to be functional at the same time. [For non-intelligent life too.] Statistically, it would be virtually impossible for the brain, the heart, the lungs, the kidneys, the liver and the other vital organs of the first intelligent life on Earth to all become functional at the same time as a result of mere chance.
*Groan* They didn’t “all become functional at the same time.” But assuming they did is one of Harvey’s powerful arguments for creationism. And now we come to the end:
Therefore, it can legitimately be argued [Hee hee!] that a person needs more faith to believe that intelligent life came into existence by mere chance rather than to believe that God created intelligent life.
Well, dear reader. Harvey is convinced. Are you?
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