We have a second letter-to-the-editor for you today. This one appears in the News-Gazette of Champaign, Illinois. It’s titled Stars aren’t able to produce life, and the newspaper doesn’t have 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 Bill. We’ve posted about him before — see #942: Eternal Consequences, and before that see #907: Science Is a Fairy Tale. Excerpts from his latest 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 would like to respond to the letter “Something worth sharing for Easter” by Durl and Jan Kruse.
We can’t find that earlier letter, but it really upset Bill. He says:
There is a scientific law called biogenesis, which means life only comes from life or life produces life.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! As we said in Common Creationist Claims Confuted:
That so-called “law” which allegedly disproves evolution is a childish misunderstanding of Louis Pasteur’s work on spontaneous generation. This distortion of Louis Pasteur’s work is found only in creationist literature. Pasteur demonstrated that sealing food from airborne contamination would end the supposed “spontaneous generation” of mold and such. This has nothing to do with Darwin’s theory of evolution or with the ultimate origin of living things. Some fool or freak or fraud posted a crazed misinterpretation of Pasteur’s work at a creationist website and it’s been endlessly repeated ever since.
After that great start, Bill tells us:
Stars are not alive; they cannot produce life. This goes directly against the scientific law of biogenesis.
We assume he’s saying that it would it go against the “law” if stars could directly produce life. Well, that’s certainly true. But stars do produce and disburse complex molecules when they go nova — see Nucleosynthesis. Ultimately — after a long chain of events — organic molecules on planets with the right environment will produce life. Anyway, Bill continues:
There is no difference between the ancient Egyptians bowing down and worshipping Ra the phony sun god in ancient times and these people attributing supernatural powers to stars. They actually worship nature instead of our creator.
What’s he talking about? Who attributes supernatural powers to stars? We’re not told. Then he quotes scripture:
Romans chapter 1, verses 22-23: Claiming to be wise, they become fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
That was certainly helpful! Bill’s letter goes on:
Evolution is worship of self and the worship of nature, the sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, animals and plants.
Aha! So that’s what evolution is. And if you worship those things, the bible says you’re a fool! You’ve been warned, dear reader. And now we come to the end of Bill’s letter:
Only the true and living God possesses supernatural powers and not the non-living universe.
Now you know. And don’t forget it, because if you do, you’ll regret it for eternity.
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