Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Laconia Daily Sun of Laconia, New Hampshire. The letter is titled How we understand history determines how we cope today, and the newspaper has a comments section.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We found someone with his name in his town who offers janitorial services, but that may not be our guy, so we won’t leap to any conclusions. His first name is John. This is the second time we’ve blogged about one of John’s letters. The first was #638: Science Is Corrupt. Excerpts from his new letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
In view of some of the responses to some of my previous letters. I’d like to explain a few things. [Oh goodie!] Those, like Mr. Cracraft, are writing from the popular view that the theory of evolution is true. That man evolved over billions of years. That man first appeared in Africa over a million years ago, began as hunter-gatherers, and migrated from there to inhabit the rest of the world.
Those people are fools! John says:
They reject out of hand that Old Testament accounts are actual history. [Gasp!] This is what most are taught in our school system. It’s not provable. If you’re honest its really that you believe it because you were taught it and think it unthinkable that you were lied to, and like kids on a playground you will make fun of anyone who does not conform. It is held as official very heavy-handedly.
Think about it, dear reader. The only reason you believe that evolution nonsense is because that’s what you learned in school. John tells us:
The fact is no human alive today was alive at the supposed time they are proposing. [Gasp!] Scientists and researchers examine finds and fabricate theories and create narratives, stories to illustrate their theories. I think that by definition is fiction. [Yes, it’s fiction!] They then present it to us as history. They reject the written accounts and write their own accounts from their imaginations. They bend all of their interpretations of their finds to conform to their assumption that the theory of evolution if not completely understood is true and that written accounts in the Old Testament are not.
He’s right. He’s absolutely right! The letter continues:
I’ve studied the history of this rejection of Biblical authority and the propping up of the theory of evolution for years. … I have found that the embrace of the theory of evolution by the scientific community was not about seeking the truth so much, but was about a desire to decouple our understanding of history from Old Testament accounts. Please understand that how we view history determines how we deal with today’s issues. This puts a great amount of power to shape people’s actions and responses to events today in the hands of those who interpret history. My conclusion is that these people are not interested in finding and telling us the truth, but in the power that they wield to shape our lives.
Egad, it’s all about wielding power! Let’s read on:
The theory of evolution attempts to explain all history from a purely physical perspective. [Yuk, that’s disgusting!] It is anathema to its holders that there is a supernatural element, divine interventions, and a divine purpose carried out throughout history. It cuts to the heart of true religious faith. If true religion is as atheists say is just made up stories to help people navigate through life, then they are right. We might as well just let it die, for certainly, we can make up better stories. But if there is a living active God who works all things together according to His purpose; we’d better pay attention to what He say’s [sic] and how he has moved throughout history.
Yeah, you better pay attention, dear reader. This is our last excerpt:
For these reasons, I reject out of hand their accounts of prehistory as fabrications and focus on written histories and accounts taken from them. In this series of letters [There’s gonna be a series!], one of the things that I would like to attempt to demonstrate is that when viewed through the lens of actual recorded history; that it is a reasonable faith to hold that the accounts that the Bible presents as historical accounts are actual history.
There are a few more paragraphs to John’s letter, but they’re all about the stuff he’s going to write. We’ll wait for those letters, because what John told us today was all we could handle.
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