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, Monty Ledford. At the end we’re told he “did pastoral work for 29 years in churches in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Idaho.” 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:
We saw how God takes special care in making our first parents, created in His image. I do think I can hear a voice [perhaps yours, dear reader], full of a sense of its own sophistication: “You think this fairy tale really happened? God making a mud doll then breathing life into it?”
The rev isn’t impressed with your skepticism. He says:
Well, yes, I do believe something like this happened. Jesus himself assures us of Adam’s reality when He says, “Have you not read that he who created them in the beginning make them male and female?” (Matthew 19:4). But I want to emphasize that what God did was “something like this.”
Not precisely as it says in the bible? Only “something” like that? What’s going on here? He tells us:
We have seen that the Bible writers are authorized by God to describe God in human terms, since God made us in His image; but we have seen also that God’s essential reality is not fully identical with these expressions, since He is in one sense beyond all understanding and human measure, holding the seas in the palms of his hands, etc.
This is very strange. If the bible isn’t exactly accurate in every detail, then how do we know what to believe? He continues:
I think we can say, “This is the best way for God to give us the account of creation.” You may take the account with wooden literalism, or you may grant that an element of figurative language is involved (though how much is literal and how much is figure is impossible for us to check, since we were not there), yet any reader who tries to do justice to Moses’ intention will have to acknowledge that the Genesis account stands in lethal opposition to its current alternative, neo-Darwinist evolutionism.
Wow — lethal opposition to evolution! Okay, at least we’re clear on that. Let’s read on:
I am all for researchers digging up ancient bones and formulating their theories — let us not oppose careful and critical thinking. But neo-Darwinism bids farewell to experimental science and ordains itself philosophy when scholars insist mindless Chance alone shaped living organisms, and that there is no essential difference between a bug and a baby.
Go, rev, go! Here’s another excerpt:
Is there little figurative language or much in Genesis? That does not matter, for on any honest reading what is unmistakable is that an Infinite Intelligence created the human race and that human beings have dignity and worth far greater than the (very real) significance of the animal world.
Ah yes, an Infinite Intelligence!
The rev ends with a scripture quote, so we’ll quit here. And what did we learn? We’re not quite sure, but the rev is certainly a creationist, so we welcome his presence on our list.
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