Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Charles “Buddy” Whatley, a retired United Methodist pastor who has also been a missionary to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s column, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
When I was in seminary, Doug Oldham came to sing at the Wilmore United Methodist Church and one of my favorite songs was “God said it, I believe it, and that’s good enough for me.” [Yeah!] My basic presuppositions come from the Bible, but I’m also a scientist, and I’m constantly trying to make the two compatible.
We haven’t found anything about the rev’s career as a scientist — but he obviously knows his stuff. He says:
The Bible says God created the heavens and the earth, but it really doesn’t give much detail. It’s not much help if we’re asking, “How did God create the earth?” And that’s where my science kicks in. I’m always asking questions about my faith and my science.
Questions about faith are rarely a good idea, but the rev has found a way to do it. He tells us:
But at the heart of my faith and my science is the simple statement, “In the beginning, God….” Imagine you’re walking down the beach and see a sand castle sitting in the sand? What might you think? Did the waves wash up on the beach and carve out a sand castle? Did a bird fly down and peck out a sand castle on the beach? Or would you think some intelligent being planned it and built it and left it there?
Wow — that’s brilliant! He continues:
The evolutionist wants the creationist to “prove” creation and the creationist wants the evolutionist to “prove” evolution. Both are wrong. Creation and evolution are about history and not science. Science requires observation and repetition. Neither creation nor evolution can be observed nor repeated. So, neither one is science.
He’s right. After all — were you there? And now we come to the end:
Think about it, if you assume an intelligent being created the sand castle, how in the world could you believe that the heavens and the earth and everything on the earth, all of which are far more complex than the sand castle, simply created themselves? Now, I don’t know all the details. I just know that God created everything, and it was very good.
The rev knows what he’s talking about, dear reader. Do you?
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