Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it looks like a column) appears in the Northern Virginia Daily of Strasburg, Virginia. It’s titled Back to school and human beginnings. They have a comments section, but it’s been disabled for this item.
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 George Bowers, Sr., described at the end as “senior pastor of Antioch Church of the Brethren and has authored 13 books … .” We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s column, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
As the annual back-to-school ritual stares us in the face, it’s a good time to revisit some important aspects of education. One of those is to think critically and logically regarding all information that is taught and learned. Does new information make sense with what we already know? Has it been verified or is it either tainted with or totally opinion? What sources are cited and which ones are omitted?
As you will soon see, the rev doesn’t have a good opinion about what’s being taught in the schools. He says:
One particular area of interest is that of human origins. [Hee hee!] For many years, scientists have believed and taught that human beings gradually evolved from lower life forms over millions of years. This theory states that life arose from non-living molecules and gradually improved until humans eventually appeared. Although this idea has been swallowed hook, line and sinker by many, it’s important to examine it using the criteria above. Has life ever arisen from non-life? Pasteur disproved this erroneous belief in 1864.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That absurd clunker is debunked in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. But don’t leave us yet! the cavalcade of clunkers has only just begun. Next the rev tells us:
Not only has chemistry and biology failed to demonstrate this assumed truth [the origin of life], another educational discipline, mathematics, has calculated that the statistical probability of this occurring by random chance is far beyond any possibility, even in 100 billion years, much less 15.
Ooooooooooooh! Math says the origin of life is impossible! The rev continues:
In addition, the DNA molecule required for all aspects of life is so incredibly complicated that even one of its co-discoverers, Francis Crick, admitted there is no way it could have evolved even in millions of years.
Yeah! And Newton didn’t believe in gravity, and Galileo rejected the solar system, and Darwin was a creationist. Let’s read on:
Even if one concedes the undirected “miracle” of life arising from non-life, the leap from chimpanzee to human would take trillions of years, not to mention the supposed gradual ascent from a single cell to chimp.
Trillions of years! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Another excerpt:
In addition, instead of evolving upward, research reveals that human DNA is actually spiraling downward due to the accumulation of mutations. This is exactly what one would expect based on Isaac Newton’s Second Law that states that things tend toward randomness, not complexity.
We’re skipping a few of the rev’s clunkers, which you can discover for yourself if you care to do so. But by now you’ve got to be wondering: How can one person be so mixed up on so many different issues? We were wondering that too, until we found the answer in the rev’s final paragraph, in which he discloses the source of his wisdom. Here it comes:
Anyone with even half an interest in science owes it to themselves to examine the evidence for Biblical creation, which is sadly omitted in most classrooms. Creation Ministries International and Answers in Genesis both have excellent resources to delve deeper. As students head back to school next week, let’s keep looking for truth!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The rev gets his information from ol’ Hambo, and that explains everything! Good work, Rev!
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