Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Ponoka News of Ponoka, Alberta, population 7,229. The name Ponoka is Blackfoot for “elk.” The letter is titled God’s existence all around, 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. Her first name is Lois. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Lois begins by informing us that she’s writing in response to Scott Lewis’ Dec. 5 letter to the editor related to the existence of God, which you can see here: Reader questions Deacon’s column about God. It’s a good letter, based on observable facts versus faith, but Lois disagrees. She says:
I’m not sure where Scott Lewis gets his facts from but his statement, “…continuing to grow and learn while seeking truth” makes me think he’s not interested in seeking truth, only in justifying his opinion. The mind won’t believe what the heart has rejected is what I see.
Aha — Lois claims the observable facts are on her side. She tells us:
The human mind, soul, and body is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” [Right!] It takes far more faith of [sic] believe in evolution than in a designer. The intricate fashioning of a cell could never just happen.
Good, huh? She continues:
DNA is in every cell of your body (about 37.2 trillion in the average person). [Gasp!] I don’t have enough faith to believe that happened by chance. The idea of evolution wants you to believe that time plus nothing equals everything.
Lois has a keen understanding of evolution. Let’s read on:
Sir Fred Hoyle, a noted astrophysicist and mathematician compared the likelihood of even the simplest cell forming by natural processes to the probability of a tornado sweeping through a junk yard and assembling a Boeing 747. That would never happen.
Ah yes, the Junkyard tornado. Another excerpt:
There is so much evidence for a designer one would have to stick their head in the sand to miss it. [Or some place else to see it.] All that we observe, where did the air come from? A perfect mix of oxygen and carbon dioxide to support life; our planet is the perfect distance from the sun; it spins at the perfect speed. Just coincidence?
That’s The Privileged Planet argument. Lois is well-versed in creationist lore. Here’s more
The second thing you [the earlier letter-writer] announced as fact is that there is no extra-biblical evidence for Jesus found in the Bible. Totally untrue. [Ooooooooooooh!] Every archeological dig in the Middle East confirms more people and places spoken of in the Bible. The existence of Jesus is a fact supported by even our calendar designations of B.C. and A.D.
Wowie — that’s great evidence! And now we come to the end:
You do have faith Scott. People don’t reject God because there isn’t enough evidence for His existence. They deny Him because to acknowledge Him means they would need to follow Him and the majority of people just want to be god of their own lives. [Scripture quote.]
The facts are everywhere! Only a fool would deny it. Great letter, Lois!
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