Today we have a column that we’ll treat as if it were a letter-to-the-editor. It appears in the Chronicle, a weekly newspaper in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The title is I know there is a God, and they have a comments feature — 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. He’s the sports and religion editor for the weekly, but that doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. His first name is Timothy. Excerpts from his column will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
After briefly mentioning all of his prior columns, he says:
[T]he next topic that has been weighing on my mind is how people can’t believe in some form of a higher power. I am not saying you have to believe in what I believe, but with everything that the world is and all that is in it, I am not sure how one could not believe in a higher power.
Yeah — how can you not believe? Timothy recalls his youth:
When I was a kid and reached the age where I could really understand the concept of religion, it made sense to me based on what I saw. There were too many things that worked out in favor of man for all of this to be a coincidence or simply just evolution. When I actually learned about evolution in class, it had the opposite effect than it had on most. Instead of giving me answers to questions I had about how we got here, it made the belief in my faith stronger. [Hooray for Timothy!] I have always been a very logical thinker, so the most obvious answer to me was that someone had a hand in making this all come true.
Timothy is indeed a logical thinker. He tells us:
Additionally, the thing that made me question evolution was because they attempted to teach me that Homo sapiens evolved from apes. [Apes? Gasp!] That didn’t make sense to me, because every other animal that has evolved has taken over from its predecessor. If we evolved from apes, how and why are they still around and thriving? I don’t see any Homo erectus or Neanderthals walking around the mall.
Yeah! Why are there still monkeys? Timothy continues:
When you think about it, we just happened to land on the planet with the right temperature, perfect mixture of gases, water, an atmosphere, enough food options and some of the most beautiful land formations known to man. [How did all that happen?] There has to be some kind of intelligent design behind all of this.
Yes — intelligent design! That explains everything! Oh, in case you were getting the wrong impression, Timothy makes it clear that he ain’t no bible thumper:
I’m sorry, but as I have stated in a previous article, I don’t take the Bible as 100% literal, so the story of Adam and Eve is a bit farfetched. I do think we were designed by a higher power, but maybe not exactly as it was described in the book of Genesis. One thing is for sure, I do not believe we evolved from apes. [Who would?]
This stuff is great! Let’s read on:
The most common thing I have heard is ‘How can we believe in a God that we have never seen?’ My answer to them has always been, ‘Well, I can’t see air, atoms or molecules, but I know they exist, so what’s your point?’
Brilliant — absolutely brilliant! Skipping to the end, Timothy finishes with this:
God gave us free will so that people are free to believe what they choose to believe, but I am just glad I am blessed to know my God is real. People can say whatever they want, my faith will never waiver.
That was very impressive. Way to go, Timothy!
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