A week ago we wrote Creationist Wisdom #1,057: The Physics Professor, and then we had the uncanny experience of seeing our link to the Professor’s letter become dysfunctional. Additionally, we found that posting a new link to it was impossible. We never understood what went wrong, but we were told that the Professor’s letter was no longer available at the newspaper’s website. Well, here we go again.
Like that one, we found today’s letter-to-the-editor in the Waco Tribune-Herald of Waco, Texas. This one is titled Energy among us, and it’s the second letter at that link. The newspaper has a comments section — with no comments yet.
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 qualifies for full-name treatment. He’s a high school physics teacher named Bill Franklin. Here are some excerpts from his letter, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Physics professor Don Hardcastle’s doctorate and years at Baylor University clearly outrank my master’s in physics and 30+ years of teaching it in high school; however, I must point out a physics error in his letter of Oct. 9.
You no doubt recognized that Bill is referring to the letter we wrote about last week. He says:
I agree with most of it. [Including the Oogity Boogity?] There is a well-established law that energy (including matter energy) can be neither created nor destroyed in our universe. As such, the creation of the universe is an extra-universal event, one not permitted by its own laws. How it came about cannot be established by science, which can only study the laws within it.
Ah yes — just like the Professor last week, Bill believes in miraculous creation. He tells us:
Like Dr. Hardcastle, I view that creation as the act of an all-powerful and all-knowing being, which we call God. Furthermore, I imagine God to be all-caring about that entire creation, including us.
Ooooooooooooh! He cares about us! Bill continues:
Where I object is his assertion that evolution required an extra-universal intervention by God. True, an isolated system cannot become more organized, but the earth is not an isolated system; we have an energy input from the sun.
Amazing! Bill, the high school physics teacher, believes in divine creation, but he accepts the theory of evolution. Let’s read on:
If you consider a small part of it, even a few molecules, one part can become more organized if others interacting with it become less so. We create order every time we hang up our clothes. Our energy input creates that order. Our bodies become more organized by the energy input of our food, and the food’s energy comes ultimately from the sun.
Maybe Bill is thinking about simple organic molecules becoming organized into complicated structures — but he’s saying it clumsily. Anyway, our food doesn’t “organize” us. It’s quite true, however, that the energy expended by an organism is from a natural, understandable source, so there’s no violation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. So far, Bill seems to be a fairly reasonable fellow — but now we come to the conclusion of his letter:
The great mystery, indeed the greatest mystery [Gasp!], is how the laws of the universe were established some 14 billion years ago to make everything that has happened since possible, including us. We can only be thankfully in awe.
Well, dear reader, do you have an answer to what Bill calls “the greatest mystery”? And if you don’t, why do you persevere in your wicked naturalist ways, and risk spending eternity in the Lake of Fire?
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