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’s author definitely qualifies for full-name treatment. It’s Jerry Hopkins, described at the end as “a retired university professor.” We Googled around for his name and found a few references to someone in the religion department at East Texas Baptist University, located in Marshall, Texas. That’s probably our man. Here are some excerpts from his column (which is very long), with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Evolution is not an empirical science. [It isn’t?] It is a matter of absolute faith. In fact, it cannot be proven by any exercise of science. It cannot be demonstrated by observation, tested or otherwise verified. It is unproved and has no way of being proved. The transmutation of one species into another has never been observed and will not, because no man can live the millions of years necessary to verify the process. [He’s right!] Evolution should not be classified as a theory because by definition a theory must be testable so as to justify that designation.
That, dear reader, is a great beginning! And it stays like that all the way through. The professor says:
Evolution is a speculative philosophy, a religious construct devised by man to exclude God. [Gasp!] Evolution exists outside the realm of science and experimentation. It is not questioned or doubted in the scientific or academic worlds. Evolution reigns supreme in universities, even those who claim to be Christian and supposedly believe the Bible.
It has become “a sacred cow” that no one challenges or opposes. If you question evolution you are immediately condemned as an ignoramus, a religious fanatic and uneducated. Brilliant scientists and well-educated academics have lost their positions, tenure and respect when they have merely used the forbidden term “intelligent design.”
He’s right! They’ve been Expelled. After that he tells us:
The philosophy of evolution is not scientific. It is a religious belief. Evolution is a worldview, a belief system, built on atheistic presuppositions without proof intellectually or materially. This religious philosophy is based on religious presuppositions held to by faith. This philosophy is an assault on the biblical doctrine of creation and the reality of God as Creator.
Skipping some scripture references, he continues:
As I prepare this, I’m thinking of how some of you will respond because of my experiences in the past when I’ve raised this issue in classes, academic settings or in columns such as this. I anticipate that I will be charged with unscientific thinking, anti-intellectualism and foolishness. My plea is that we civilly discuss the alternatives and come to a reasonable and sensible conclusion to explain what exists and what we can observe.
That sounds reasonable. Let’s read on:
Consider all the marvels in our bodies — our brains, eyes, ears, hands, feet, sex organs [Egad!], lungs, digestive system, nerves, cells and many other things. There is no way these marvels could have come into being by chance or thoughtless actions. The “Big Bang” could not have created anything. Evolution is not a reasonable explanation and has no scientific proof supporting it. I cannot accept it. I confess that I accept God’s creative design of all things and believe this is a more acceptable explanation than an irrational and unprovable “theory” like evolution.
Who would dare to challenge the professor’s conclusions? You, dear reader? No, of course not. Only a fool would dare. Another excerpt:
A bio-chemistry professor at Lehigh University, Michael Behe [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] has contributed two significant studies on what he has termed “irreducible complexity” challenging the possibility of evolutionary change, particularly between species or other organisms.
We’ll skip his praise of Behe, but you might consider Kitzmiller v. Dover: Michael Behe’s Testimony. Now we’re going to skip all the way to the end:
We need to encourage one another as we attempt to understand God’s creation and His purpose for our lives. We must logically consider what reality is and how it has come into being. There cannot be an association of theism and evolution given the underlying presupposition of that philosophy based in naturalism and atheism. Let me hear from you on what you think about how we came to be and what we need to do as creatures in God’s world.
The professor wants to hear from you, dear reader. He’ll probably discover this blog before very long, so let him know what you think.
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