Creationist Wisdom #961: Lies, All Lies

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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16 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #961: Lies, All Lies

  1. Michael Fugate

    John is in LInkedIn….
    his occupation:
    janitor at Joyce Janitoial [sic] Serices[sic]
    Franklin, New Hampshire

    I bet he takes a purely physical perspective on sex, gender and sexual orientation – no mind, no spirit, no consciousness, no free will enters in.

  2. Dear John: anyone who thinks the stories in the bible are “actual, written history” doesn’t qualify as an expert on either history, or the bible. And I would bet that you’ve never read Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. If you want to disprove evolution, get a shovel and start looking for a pre-Cambrian rabbit fossil. I won’t hold my breath waiting to hear you’ve found one.

  3. I wonder whether he has studied where his particular opinion about the Bible came from. If he had been born somewhere else, or at a different time, would he have come to different conclusions? DOes he know that there are a lot of people who have different opinions?

  4. Desnes Diev

    “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.”

    I can understand that obscurantism is far more alluring than all that (strenuous) free thinking. But why, “if there is a living active God”, he/it/she/they allow people to try to understand the universe by looking at the universe when it’s sufficient to read the Bible? If the answer is free will, then your argument is void: we can seek the truth outside the Bible.

    I would like to see how explain that nobody discovered genetics or identified the fossils as what they are (i.e., extinct fauna and flora) just by reading the Bible. Or how he justifies why medicine works when supported by science and not so much when based on bible-browsing and prayers. Could be entertaining.

  5. “I reject out of hand their accounts of prehistory as fabrications and focus on written histories and accounts taken from them.”
    Like Genesis? Which is supposed to be written by Moses? Who wasn’t there either when Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden?

  6. @FrankB
    There are three popular explanantions.
    1. God dictated the Pentateuch to Moses, word for word.
    2. Acts 7:22 says that Moses was learned in all the wisdom of Egypt.
    3/ The knowledge of Adam was passed down through the patriarchs to Moses.

    Of course, for some reason or other, many believers in the Mosaic origin of the Pentateuch allow that their mere human fallible reasoning is reliable in deducing that the final verses of Deuteronomy could not have been written by Moses.
    There is somehitng about YEC that seems to compel that their accounts will not pass the script girl check on continuity. The Signature Triad of Creationism: Inconsistency, Vacuity and Parasitism.

  7. He rejects evilution primarily because it DIRECTLY negates his BS religion. But the science used to make evilution correct is totally accepted cuz he needs his cell phone and computer.

  8. @L.Long
    I wonder whether it is the other way around. One accepts religion because it offers the only way to negate evolution. One’s religion accepts the Bible, because it offers enough ambiguity that can be twisted into whatever one wants. One rejects evolution because evolution is seen to mean that one is related to the rest of the world of life. Especially where it is most obvious, because it is most obvious, that one is related to chimps and other apes.

  9. “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”.

    Yes, that’s what biologists do all night. They mull over the Old Testament and tweak their evil theory to create maximum damage. The secret is out. How did John find out?

  10. Michael Fugate

    Wasn’t our understanding of history decoupled from OT accounts long before 1859?

  11. “Wasn’t our understanding of history decoupled from OT accounts long before 1859?”

    If by “our understanding” you mean those people who are not willfully ignorant then the answer is YES, otherwise the answer is forever NO.

  12. Srephen Kennedy

    I am originally from New England and my family still owns a couple of lake side cottages near Laconia so I am pretty familiar with this region. While most New Englanders who have some religious beliefs are either Episcopalians or Roman Catholics and therefore harmless on the creationism issue, However, this particular area of central New Hampshire is infested with small fundamentalist Protestant churches. I do not know how this came about but when you drive around this area and see some of these small churches and their bulletin board messages it is a little disconcerting.

    New England is not a hotbed of creationism for the most part. If you showed me this letter and told me only that it was from somewhere in New England, I would have known right away that the author almost certainly lives in the Laconia area.

  13. “We better pay attention to what He say’s [sic]…”

    He’s making a list and checking it twice
    Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice
    Psycho-killer Yahweh is coming to town

  14. He can’t seem to face up to the facts
    He’s tense and nervous and He can’t relax
    He can’t sleep, ’cause His throne’s on fire
    Don’t touch Him, He’s a real live wire

    With apologies to David Byrne.

  15. Mark Germano

    John’s talking a lot, but he’s not saying anything.

    Same apology as FrankB.

  16. Jim Roberts

    @TomS, there’s definitely an appeal to being part of a religion because it also lets you be part of a specific culture, and when that culture is powerful, well, that just makes it even better.