Today’s second letter-to-the-editor appears in the Monticello Herald Journal of Monticello, Indiana (population 5,378). The title is If there is no God, isn’t life all about me? 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 may have found their website , but it makes no mention of Nydegger. That’s not important.
We wrote about two of the rev’s columns before — see #1,017: Evolution Is Evil, and before that 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:
If the Darwinian theory of evolution and the godless origin of all life were true, then isn’t each of us our own god? [Huh?] With no Creator God and no eternity, this life is all there is. Why shouldn’t our life be about what we want, when we want it, and whatever we can get and accomplish …pleasure, sex, money, power, fame and our happiness?
Pleasure, money, happiness? Those sound like worthy goals regardless of evolution. We assume the rev thinks otherwise. He says:
Doesn’t survival of the fittest teach (and actually encourage) me that whatever I do is acceptable if it’s beneficial to me and makes me happier? I must survive — whatever it takes, whoever and whatever I have to use, abuse, knock down or climb over.
No, it doesn’t work like that. Al Capone isn’t the evolutionary role model — for humans or any other species. After that absurdity the rev tells us:
Evolution theory essentially teaches us to live life to its fullest now. “Let us eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.” Shouldn’t we indulge every lust and ambition we can? Why hold back? What would we hold back for? Let’s live our best life now! While we’re enjoying the lusts and passions nature has given us, evolutionary theory would tell us … homosexuality, pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, incest, pornography, adultery and sex outside of marriage are OK.
Some preachers behave like that, but has anyone ever known or heard of a biologist — or any other scientist — who fits that description? Ah well, the rev continues:
Aren’t these morally taboo only because of a belief (or former societal belief) in God or a moral authority outside of humanity? If there’s no God, why should there be taboos?
Now it’s atheists, so we’ll ask the same question about them that we just did about biologists. Anyone know of an atheist who fits the rev’s description? No? Well, let’s read on anyway:
If undirected blind chance has given someone urges to have sex with young children, who are we to stop him from acting on those urges? It’s just who he is. Might not he even argue that he was born that way and can’t help himself? [The rev is realy obsessed!] Necrophilia and bestiality aren’t abnormal. Some folks have just evolved a bit differently than we have. Who’s to say they’re wrong?
This is sick stuff, so let’s skip a bit. Okay, here’s another excerpt:
Eternal life? Hardly! Some sort of reward? From whom? There’s no God. Darwinian theory encourages people to care about themselves only, with a little bit of concern thrown in for their family so they can pass on their genes. Giving my resources away makes no evolutionary sense. It’s a waste. If nature, chance and the vagaries of life have made you less fortunate than me, then, sorry ‘bout your luck. We’re all going to die eventually anyway; why should anyone care?
How many preachers give to charity? Aren’t they usually on the receiving end of charitable donations? Here’s more:
If it’s all about me, and certain laws keep me from doing what I want to do or restrain my happiness, then why shouldn’t I disregard them? I owe nothing morally to anyone. My life is for my own pleasure and gratification. If I can break laws and get away with it, then I win. You follow the laws and I’ll flagrantly flout and disobey them. Who do you think will come out ahead? Guns, violence, fraud, deceit, betrayal? All wonderful tools for survival of the fittest.
You gotta admit, dear reader, the rev understands the theory of evolution! Skipping a bit more, we come to the end:
Do we want a better future? Do we want God to bless America? Then we need to repent, turn back to God, and acknowledge Him as Creator. That’s no theory. It’s the truth.
You heard it from the rev, dear reader. That means it’s The Truth™!
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