Today’s letter-to-the-editor comes from a source we’ve never visited before — the Mennonite World Review, which says it’s “an independent journalistic ministry that has published a newspaper since 1923. Serving Mennonites and the global Anabaptist movement.” Your Curmudgeon knows virtually nothing about Mennonites (except for what’s in that Wikipedia article), so we’re willing to learn.
The letter is titled Evolution utterly deficient in credible evidence, and they 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 George. Excerpts from his 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 view Zachary Headings’ search for the compatibility between science and the Bible (“Two-Texts Idea Resolves Science-Faith Quandary,” Sept. 2) as a commendable enterprise, but he seems unaware of the assist Christians (and all theists) are getting from scientists who for more than 40 years have been challenging the status of evolutionary theory as science.
George’s link goes to a completely different article, also by Zachary Headings (described as “a marketing associate at Mennonite Mission Network”): Star Trek and faith: a cosmology of reconciliation. Zachary Headings is a bit of a Trekkie, and not at all hostile to science. George says:
In 1985, Michael Denton’s Evolution: A Theory in Crisis outlined the lack of scientific data in support of the major axiom of evolutionary theory (a materialistic view of the origin of life, with step-by-step development beginning with an accidental electric charge to a primordial soup). He pointed out the wrong conclusions of evolution’s supporting assumptions, such as the role of mutations and natural selection. He argued that natural laws, the fine-tuning of our planet for the existence of life and the complexity of cells all point to an inescapable conclusion: Everything that exists was designed by a super-intelligent designer. Denton’s book was the impetus of the movement among scientists called Intelligent Design.
Ooooooooooooh! Intelligent design is an “inescapable conclusion”! After that bombshell, George tells us:
For me, the most critical data concern the role of mutations and natural selection. Evolutionary theory maintains that mutations can cause substantial changes over time leading to a progression to different or more powerful species. Research on mutations since the 1970s shows this to be false. [Gasp!] Most mutations are negative; the few that are positive are so minor they would not advance the development of new species.
Why haven’t we been told this before? Our professors lied to us! George continues:
Mutations do not provide the means for progression but only degradation. Read John Sanford’s Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome.
We never heard of that book before. It’s surprising he didn’t recommend Behe’s latest book which makes the same claim — see Behe Is Triumphant! Ah well, let’s read on:
The data are mounting against evolutionary theory. [Mounting!] Since it is utterly deficient in credible scientific evidence [Utterly deficient!], why are biblical scholars so prone to say God could have used it as the creation process? Intelligent Design researchers point out that a multitude of entities had to come together at one moment to create a single cell.
Evolution is doomed! Another excerpt:
Most of what I have learned on this subject can be found in books by researchers and writers who are part of the Discovery Institute (discovery.org).
Really? We never would have guessed. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! George finishes his letter by recommending another Discoveroid book:
A new book by Stephen Meyer, The Return of the God Hypothesis: Compelling Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God, should be a most interesting summary of Intelligent Design’s conclusions.
The Discoveroids mentioned that a month ago — see Discoveroids Are Now Out of the Closet. It’s not available yet, but George doesn’t care — he likes it anyway.
So there you are, dear reader. At least one Mennonite is impressed by Discoveroids’ version of creation science. They must be congratulating themselves in Seattle for this great intellectual triumph.
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