Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Monticello Herald Journal of Monticello, Indiana (population 5,378). The title is We need more Jesus and less Charles Darwin. It’s actually a column, and they don’t seem to have a comments feature.
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 we’ve got a preacher. It’s Gregg Nydegger, described as “the evangelist at Christ’s Church at Monticello.” We can’t find their website in Indiana. We wrote about one of the rev’s columns before — see #1,003: Life Is Meaningless. Here are some excerpts from the rev’s new column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
The following statements from Genesis would be false, if the Darwinian theory of evolution and the origin of life were true.
• “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
• “And God said, “Let there be light.”
After several more passages from Genesis that Darwin’s theory would nullify, the rev says:
Evolutionary theory, which is nearly the only theory taught in most primary and secondary public schools about the origin of life and matter [The origin of life and matter?] and the only accepted theory of earth’s origin [Huh?] by many elites in higher education, the news media and Hollywood, can lead to dark thinking with undesirable outcomes for our culture and society.
Ooooooooooooh! Darwin’s theory leads to “dark thinking.” After that shocking revelation, the rev tells us:
If there’s no unseen Director of creation, but only time and chance doing their haphazard, undirected thing over billions of years, then we — humanity — are an accident. [Gasp!] We have no purpose. Life has no intrinsic, God-given value; abortion, euthanasia, and suicide have no theological meaning.
The rev continues:
If evolutionary theory were correct, then death is the end. [Oh no!] No eternal soul means no eternity. Heaven and Hell are fictitious superstitions created and propagated by ignorant human minds. Therefore, just as animals die and cease to exist, so too do people die. They are no more because there’s nothing else. Life is only physical, not spiritual. There’s no soul, so it all ends at the grave with no hope of life after death. We live until we die and then we are no more. That’s all folks.
Evolution is so depressing! Let’s read on:
Logically, then, evolutionary theory leads to what we’re seeing lived out around us today. If this life is all there is, then live for today. If the grave is the end, then we’d better do all the living we can while we’re above ground. We’d better live for today because there’s no tomorrow. All we have is the here and now, and it’s passing quickly. Why hold back? Why alter our behavior if there’s no eternity and no God who’ll judge? If there’s no eternal reward, then the reward we get is if we give it to ourselves now. Why not selfishly live each day for as much as we can get out of it?
That explains why evolutionists are such horrible people. Another excerpt:
If we want or can do something, why not? [Yeah!] It’s kill or be killed, eat or be eaten. I’m an animal; you’re an animal. We’re all just animals fighting for food, power, turf and passing our genetic code onto the next generation. Morality? Ha! That’s for losers. We’re animals, and animals don’t practice morality. Animals survive. If you’ve got what I want, why shouldn’t I take it, if it will benefit me and my family?
The rev goes on and on like that, and ends with this:
This is the sad, savage road evolutionary theory takes us down. You be the judge: what has 60 years of saturating our society and young people with this godless, perverse idea done for America? [Teaching evolution started in 1960?] In 2020, turn your eyes upon Jesus for a clearer vision of life and the future.
The rev is wise. Ignore his advice at your eternal peril, dear reader.
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