Creationist Wisdom #1,002: The Only Solution

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Daily Journal of Kankakee, Illinois. It has a misleading title: Evolution a fact, not a theory. The newspaper has a comments section — with no comments yet.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. It appears that he sells coffee and tea, and used to be a Fuller Brush salesman, but that doesn’t qualify for full name treatment. His first name is Ron. 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!

Evolution and the “price of putty.” [Huh?] What does that have to do with the price of putty is an old saying passed down from our English fathers. The connection between the teaching of evolution as a fact, not a squishy, not very well-founded theory and the results, “the price of putty,” are obvious in our modern America.

Then he explains the “obvious” connection for us:

Evolution presumes a “no-god” or at least a non-involved God once he got the ball rolling. That isn’t what scripture teaches!

That’s not what scripture teaches? How shocking! Ron explains the difference for us:

It [scripture] teaches a God who spoke things into existence and then provided the laws and all things necessary for it to continue, including interdependent life forms and the dependability of “kind after kind” that evolution calls into question, but offers no scientific proof that it ever operated differently or experiment to show it could have.

Evolution offers no scientific proof or experiment? Our teachers lied to us! Ron says:

Once you accept the premise that life came into existence accidentally and then spontaneously because of necessity or chance developed into the billions (trillions?) of organic and inorganic forms we know of, that especially in the form of life only produce things like them, (variations within species is not a production of a different species), you do away with the system of morality [Gasp!] that the Creator said was best for us, as well as the worship and obedience to said God.

If you accept evolution, you do away with morality! That’s horrible! Ron continues:

That has resulted in the price we are paying worldwide for our lack of allowing truth and logic to be our guide. Instead, we have accepted the law of the jungle [Oh no!], the survival of the fittest and the chaos, human suffering evidenced around the globe and increasingly in our nation is the result.

Ooooooooooooh! Let’s read on:

Our own government officials have for decades been building an oligarchy not dependent on quality of character and obedience to the laws of nature and nature’s God, but obedient to the laws of what’s in it for me and my family, friends, etc.

Jeepers — he’s right! Another excerpt:

As we deviate from the fact that “In the beginning, God created” we bring more chaos and suffering upon ourselves. [Ooooooooooooh!] It isn’t as though getting back to the “truths” of the Bible are an option, they are the only solution.

Yes, it’s the only solution! And now we come to the end of Ron’s letter:

As we are witnessing disobedience, acceptance of false beliefs and values makes the “price of putty” far too high.

Clever ending, wasn’t it? Great letter, Ron!

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10 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #1,002: The Only Solution

  1. Our dear SC isn’t fair to Ronnieponnie:

    “If you accept evolution, you do away with morality!”
    No, according to Ronnieponnie “you do away with the system of morality that the Creator said was best for us.
    Now assuming that the creator Ronnieponnie is talking about is the same one as eg Ol’Hambo’s, ie a piece of [bleep!], Ronnieponnie accidentally has provided a good argument for evolution theory. That’s to say, were it a sound and valid argument, which it is not.

    “That has resulted in the price we are paying worldwide ”
    Given that I, while relatively poor, are definitely better off than my ancestors it’s a price I’m more than willing to pay.

  2. Is “the price of putty” a saying with some non-literal meaning? It doesn’t ring a bell with me, and a quick search of the net didn’t turn up any hints.

  3. The expression I’ve heard is “What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?”

  4. Michael Fugate

    The genetic fallacy – our origin doesn’t affect our morality. How could we be less moral than our ancestors – almost all of whom believed in gods?

  5. Dear Ron, assuming I wanted to believe in some god, why would I pick the one you like rather than one of the 10,000 or so other gods people have invented?

  6. Ron:
    “Our own government officials have … been building an oligarchy not dependent on quality of character and obedience to the laws of nature and nature’s God, but obedient to the laws of what’s in it for me and my family, friends, etc.

    Doesn’t sound like Ron is a friend of Trump, does it? At least he’s got one thing right.

  7. @retiredsciguy
    That language is more typical of White Evangelicals.

  8. I suppose this will come as no surprise to those present, but Ron is making up scripture as he goes along. Scripture does not say that God “provided the laws and all things necessary for it (life) to continue, including interdependent life forms and the dependability of “kind after kind””. It says nothing like that. Ron professes respect for a text he proceeds to mutilate at whim. Ron is a hypocrite.

    Alas, not satisfied with forging scripture, Ron also asserts non-facts: “the chaos, human suffering evidenced around the globe and increasingly in our nation”. What FrankB states as a personal reflection is true of mankind generally. Never in the history of humanity have so many people been lifted out of poverty than in the last half-century. Never has America, in particular, been so orderly, so peaceful, so law-abiding, but the same applies to most places across the world. Sure, there are still places of misery and poverty, war and chaos. The poor are always with us, said Jesus, but there is no net increase in human suffering. Overall, the opposite is the case. More and more people everywhere are living more healthy, more peaceful, and longer lives in places where their rights and liberties are respected. Ron peddles plain untruths. Ron is a liar.

    His lies are such palpable ones, so obviously false to fact, that it continues to astonish me that they can be printed in a newspaper, except as dreadful examples. Having delivered such glaring untruths as his premises, the rest falls instantly to the ground. If general acceptance of the theory of evolution were responsible for the trend of recent history, we could quote Jesus again: “You shall know them by their fruits”, and be glad, for the fruits are pretty good – far better than those of religion.

    But of course recent history is not the result of any one idea. It’s only simpletons who think that. Ron, apart from being a liar and a hypocrite, is also a simpleton.

    At time of writing, nobody has taken issue with Ron. No comments have appeared. Is that the silence of contempt? One can only hope so. I wish I could believe as much.

  9. “…developed into the billions (trillions?) of organic and inorganic forms we know of…”

    Did I miss something? When did inorganic life become a thing?

  10. @Dave Luckett
    Scripture does not say that God “provided the laws and all things necessary for it (life) to continue, including interdependent life forms and the dependability of “kind after kind””. It says nothing like that.
    It doesn’t say that, and what would that mean? Same for what @Tom B cites.
    As far as things being better in the good old days, Ecclesiastes 7:10 is expresses of the famous ancient doubts about that:
    “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.”