Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it seems to be a column) appears in the LaGrange Daily News of LaGrange, Georgia. It’s titled The Growing Popularity of Intelligent Design, and the newspaper has a comments section.
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 Norm Fields, and this is the second time we’ve written about one of his columns. The first was #707: Scientific Preacher. He’s the minister of Church of Christ Northside in LaGrange, Georgia. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s new column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
If you follow me on social media (PreacherNorm), then you know I’ve been reading “Signature in the Cell” by Stephen Meyer. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] It presents amazing evidence for the purposeful creation of life. I highly recommend it!
You’ve all heard of Stephen Meyer. He’s a Discoveroid senior fellow and currently the Program Director of their Center for Science and Culture — that’s their creationism shop. According to the Discoveroids’ 2016 Tax Return, Meyer’s salary was $250K. Okay, dear reader, you know what we’re dealing with. The rev says:
Darwinian Evolutionists are realizing, more and more, that their theories have some very serious problems. [Hee hee!] The more that is known about DNA, the more scientists are being forced to admit it could not have “just happened.” Evolutionists use terms like “apparent design.” Meaning that it just appears to be purposely designed, but really isn’t.
Then he tells us:
Meyers [sic] does a great job of disproving these kinds of theories, and others, to show that the presence of design necessitates a Designer. [Ooooooooooooh!] That is, the presence of information – like that present in DNA – requires that an Intelligent Designer produced that information. Any time there is information, there is always an intelligent mind behind that information.
The rev is hard core indeed. He continues:
The “Intelligent Design” (ID) movement is growing rapidly in origin of life sciences. More and more are recognizing the weaknesses with Darwinian Evolution and turning to ID in their investigations. That is both good and bad. [Oh?] It’s good because it recognizes that there is purposeful intent for the way things are made. I frequently wonder how much farther along we might be, scientifically, if the sciences approached their investigations from the perspective of discovering the intended purpose, instead of viewing everything as an accident of nature. I believe that the more science recognizes that there is purposeful intent in creation, the more correctly it will interpret the creation
Yes, the more we understand that Oogity Boogity! is inherent in everything, the greater will be our scientific progress. Let’s read on:
Another good thing about ID is that it could be taught in public schools, because it isn’t connected with religion at all.
The rev never heard of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. Now he describes the “bad” part of ID:
It’s bad because, without a biblical foundation, ID proponents have opted for a wide range of fanciful ideas for the “intelligence” behind the design. [Rubbish! Everyone knows who the Discoveroids’ designer is.] Because of the similarity between computer code and DNA code, one popular theory is that our universe is a computer simulation. Less popular, but still out there, is that we were designed by aliens. … So, the problem with ID is that it doesn’t really do anything to explain, or even try to explain, the nature of the intelligence behind the intelligent design. We need the Bible for that!
Yes, that’s what we need! Another excerpt:
Just as clear as any scientific evidence for design is the case for Special Creation by a loving God! [Right, it’s clear!] Both science and reason demand the purposeful creation of the universe and the life in it. So, why is it easier for some to believe that we’re in a computer simulation than it is to believe we were created by God?
Because they’re fools! Here’s more:
Rationally speaking [Oh yeah!], if we were created, then wouldn’t it make sense that our Creator would want to communicate with us? … Only the Bible, with all of the internal evidences of its Divine origin adequately fulfills man’s desire for communion with God. The biblical origin story perfectly harmonizes with true scientific evidence. [Indeed it does!]
And now we come to the end:
As the ID movement grows, we need to make sure we’re doing our part to also show the God of the Bible as the Intelligence behind that design!
Great letter, rev! We hope the Discoveroids will listen to you and realize that their designer — blessed be he! — is actually Yahweh.
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