Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Sarnia Journal, a weekly newspaper in Sarnia, a city in Ontario, Canada. It’s titled Christians die at peace, atheists not so much, and they don’t have a comments section.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. He’s a coin dealer and investor, but that doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. His first name is Peter. 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!
Peter says he’s responding to a notice that the local Skeptic club is bringing a cleric-turned-atheist back to town. With that as his motivation, he begins:
By definition, “atheism” is the position that there are no deities. In order to claim there is no deity, i.e. no god, we can presume the atheist searched every nook and cranny of the universe before reaching that position.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! According to Peter, an atheist — or anyone else who asserts a negative proposition — has the Burden of proof. Based on that rule, no one can claim the non-existence of Zeus, Oden, leprechauns, the tooth fairy, etc. Then Peter says:
The atheist has to assume the enforcement of the laws of nature, such as the precise movement of the sun, moon and stars, just happens by chance.
Wow — the laws of nature require an enforcer! We frequently encounter the argument that laws require a law-giver, but the necessity of an enforcer is an argument we haven’t seen before. After that he tells us:
It may be of interest to any atheist reading this letter that some atheists did not die happy. [Gasp!] Joseph Stalin, (who murdered millions of his countrymen), while on his deathbed – as related by his daughter Svetlana to British author Malcolm Muggeridge: “He suddenly sat up, groaned, shook his fist at the ceiling as if he could see beyond it, then fell back and died.”
Peter implies that Stalin’s behavior is typical of atheists, and creationists always cite him as a typical Darwinist too. Peter continues:
Voltaire, one of history’s best-known atheists, often stated that, “by the time I’m buried, the Bible will be non-existent.” His last words were: “I am abandoned by God and man; I shall die and go to hell alone.” [We find those alleged quotes only at creationist websites.] His condition had become so terrible that his associates were afraid to approach his bedside. As he passed away, his nurse said she would never watch another infidel die for all of the wealth in Europe.
We can’t verify that nurse story either, but no one deserves a tormented death more. According to Wikipedia, Voltaire (1694 – 1778) was “a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic Church, as well as his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state.” Let’s read on:
The Geneva Bible Society purchased Voltaire’s home a few years after he died and turned it into a shop to print Bibles.
Good for them! That’ll teach the creep to think outside the bible. Another excerpt:
By contrast, most Christians at the end of a mature life die in great peace. Dwight L. Moody, a famous preacher and founder of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, said on his deathbed: “Can this be death? Why it is better than living! Earth is receding, heaven is opening. This is my coronation day.”
That’s the way to go! And now we come to the end:
The organizer with the local chapter of the atheist group said he reads the Bible regularly. One wonders if he has come across Psalm 14, verse 1: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
Heed Peter’s wisdom, dear reader. Abandon your wicked Darwinism or you will surely die in torment.
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