Today’s letter-to-the-editor is a rarity because it invokes logic. Creationists almost never do that; it causes heads to explode. We’ve written about a few such episodes before — see, e.g.: AIG’s Logic: Prepare To Lose Your Mind, and also Jason Lisle: The Logic of Faith.
Reading those oldie-goldies was painful, but it was good preparation for writing about what we found in the Telegraph of Alton, Illinois. The letter is titled God is the reason for the season, 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. His first name is James. 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!
When people become secularized [Gasp!], they lose touch with the things that give meaning to life. If there is no God who has given us absolute truth, then there’s no basis for morality or even logic. Without God, life would be meaningless.
According to James, being secularized is like being lobotomized. He says:
I’ve heard some say I don’t need God, I believe in science. [The fools!] They must be unaware that the founders of every major branch of science found their inspiration in the Bible.
That’s a common creationist clunker. We debunked it in Did Science Originate with Creationists? But James isn’t done yet. He tells us:
If there was no intelligence behind the creation of the universe, science would be impossible.
But creationists insist that Yahweh can suspend the laws of nature whenever he feels like it and cause a miracle to occur — which (by definition) is contrary to science. That means science is impossible in a universe created and ruled by Yahweh. Anyway, James suddenly changes the subject:
Many churches today are little more than religious clubs. Their message is: come in and join the crowd; bring all your pride and bring all your sins, don’t worry about repentance. That attitude makes a mockery of everything Jesus said and did.
Yeah, a real church should be preaching creationism all the time. Then he changes the subject again:
One of my former clients [He has clients?] once said, “If God loves the world so much, why doesn’t he come down here?” The answer is, he did. That’s why we celebrate Christmas.
The rest of the letter is about Christmas, so we’ll quit here. James covered a lot of territory in his letter. It’s a good addition to our collection.
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