Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Winston-Salem Journal of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The letter is titled Moved by revelation. It’s the third 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. 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!
I’m writing in response to the letter, “An entertaining column” (Dec. 7), about Albert Einstein’s dismissal of religion appearing alongside the regular religion column.
James is talking about this letter, the writer of which says she prefers science to religion. This is the second time we’ve written about someone’s response to that letter. The last time was #923: Powerful Arguments. James says:
I wish the renowned thinker [Einstein, presumably] would have endorsed religious faith, but I understand why he and many do not.
James understands Einstein’s blunder. He explains it for us:
From the Bible: “The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, they are foolishness to him;” “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit;” “For the invisible things of God from the creation are clearly seen.” God determined that man would not discover Him through human wisdom, instead by revelation of Himself.
So that’s where Einstein went wrong. James continues:
Although many recoil at the idea of faith [the fools!], consider that it takes general faith to believe: (1) what caused the Grant Canyon and coal beds to form as it does religious faith in a universal flood (which equally explains both), and (2) that each plant and animal developed its characteristics by evolution.
You want proof that animals didn’t develop their characteristics by evolution? James provides it:
For example, the spider developed fangs and digestive venom (safely contained within), and developed spinnerets for webs (with building instructions).
That should convince even the most fanatical evolutionist. Then he demonstrates the woeful inadequacy of science:
If science could address the problem of rampant evil in the world (Christianity teaches mankind has a sinful nature and needs a savior) and offer hope beyond this life (Jesus said: I am the resurrection and life), then some could claim science supplants religious faith.
He’s right! Science doesn’t even try to deal with those things. At the end of his letter, James addresses yet another important issue:
Concerning climate change, maybe God is using that to get us to pay attention to Bible prophecy (e.g., Matthew 24).
James seems to have all the answers. No doubt you agree, dear reader. Great letter!
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