Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a collumn) appears in the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin of Walla Walla, Washington. It’s titled Seed miracle repeated throughout nature every year, and the newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature.
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 Lee Roy Holmes, described as “a retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor.” We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
Perhaps most people who believe in the Bible account of creation have their own favorite reason for that belief, a belief which also serves as the main reason for their having no confidence in evolution. [One belief, two results!] It could be anything from the orderly movement of the constellations through the heavens to the echolocation ability of bats or the migration of starlings.
The constellations prove creationism and disprove evolution? That’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s not the rev’s number one reason. He says:
Mine is seed. [Huh?] Any kind of seed. For instance, I find it mind-boggling that all of the complex structure, function and beauty of a 50-foot-tall magnolia tree can be shrunk to something no bigger than a pea. God repeats that miracle throughout nature every year, reducing every minute detail of millions of plant species, from pine trees to poppies, and encapsulating every feature in that tiny package we call seed.
Ooooooooooooh! It’s a miracle! Then the rev tells us:
Associated with that miracle is the fact most seeds seem so lifeless. Some could easily be mistaken for a tiny crumb of bread or a speck of sawdust. If someone from another world were visiting our planet at seed time, they could reasonably challenge the rationality of the gardener whom they find planting such lifeless matter and expecting a harvest. And yet, what a powerful life force is enshrined in those crumbs and specks!
Ooooooooooooh! Why hasn’t anyone else ever mentioned this? He continues:
In my view, believing that some evolutionary process accidentally invented seeds belongs in a book of fairy tales. [He’s right!] I have never understood why, if we have to have seed to produce our tomatoes and carrots today, how the evolutionary process could move forward in its early years without seed.
What’s he saying — no seeds, no evolution? Let’s read on:
What kept the process going at its embryonic level? For the first leaf of lettuce to wriggle up out of the mud is one thing [Yeah, no problem with that!], but if there’s going to be two leaves of lettuce next spring, somebody is going to have to come up with some lettuce seed.
Oh, we get it. He’s talking about reproduction. No reproduction, no evolution. Okay, here’s another excerpt:
The Bible says on the third day of creation week God made “the herb that bears seed” (Genesis 1:11). God created seed. And it is what the seed “knows” that fascinates me. Whether it’s a tiny sesame seed, a giant coconut or something in between, every seed knows how tall to grow, when to bud and bloom, and how to make its seed or fruit ready for the coming harvest time.
Ooooooooooooh! The seed knows! Here’s more:
Again, we are seeing the wisdom and power of the creator being expressed in this and a hundred million other ways in the natural world.
The rev keeps going for a few more paragraphs, but we’ve already given you his main points — seeds prove creationism and disprove evolution — so this is where we’ll leave him. Now then, dear reader, what do you think? Did the rev persuade you?
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