Today’s letter-to-the-editor — it’s a column, actually — appears in The Sentinel of Hanford, California. The thing is titled Christ and Common Sense: How old is the earth? The newspaper has a comments feature, but there aren’t any 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 we’ve got a preacher. It’s Tim Dinkins, described at the end as “the teaching pastor at Grace Baptist Church Lemoore.” We’ll give you some excerpts from the rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
Our Sunday morning Equipping Class just finished watching a fascinating documentary called “Is Genesis History?” I believe it is the best documentary on the subject because of its high production quality and its unique content. Everyone who watched it was encouraged to see scientific evidence that supports the Bible’s account of a literal six-day creation and a global flood. [Ooooooooooooh! Scientific evidence!] It made me think, “If this got out it could have a dramatic impact on how Christians think about the age of the earth.”
Wowie — if that film got out, Darwinism would be doomed! Then the rev says:
Many of us were surprised at the evidence in the documentary. [Gasp — evidence!] We weren’t surprised because we thought it was difficult to believe. We were surprised because it is so rare to see professional scientists support the idea that the world is thousands of years old instead of millions or billions of years old.
What was the evidence in the film? The rev tells us:
I did a little research and came across the story of Mary Schweitzer. In 2005, she discovered soft tissue inside of dinosaur bones that were supposed to be at least 150 million years old. The problem is soft tissue breaks down at a very fast rate and should only be able to survive thousands of years, but certainly not millions of years.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Creationists have been misrepresenting Mary Schweitzer’s work for years! We wrote about her a few times before — see, e.g.: Dinosaur Fossils Found with Hot Red Meat? What other wonders were revealed in the rev’s “documentary”? He continues:
I also came across the story of a biologist who was recently fired because he allegedly shared dinosaur research with his students. Mark Armitage claims he was fired from California State University Northridge because he shared information about dinosaur tissue samples with his students. In 2016 he was awarded $399,500 in a settlement with the university after suing them for wrongful termination.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Armitage case is another creationist clunker, and we’ve written a few times about it. This one sums up the whole shabby story: Mark Armitage — The Legend. Also, he wasn’t a biologist, and that settlement wasn’t a court award. Is there anything else in the rev’s column? Let’s read on:
The Church is one place that should be welcoming this kind of research. Unfortunately, it is becoming less common for Christians to hear evidence that supports a young earth perspective. We need to see this trend change. We need Christians to realize this is not just an issue that is limited to to [sic] the first chapter of Genesis. The whole Bible supports a young earth view as well.
He’s right. The whole bible also supports a flat earth view too, so why doesn’t he mention that? Anyway, he babbles on for a few paragraphs, and then wraps it all up with this:
Let me end with this bold quote from pastor G. I. Williamson. He said, “I do not believe that there is, or ever will be, any scientific discovery that will be able to discredit what God has spoken. Yes, scientific theories do appear to discredit that creation account. But be patient. In time it will be seen that those humble Bible believers were right all along: it was a six-day creation.”
That’s quite a prediction! Wikipedia has an article on rev Williamson, which doesn’t tell us much except that he’s “an outspoken young earth creationist.” We’re not surprised that Timmy Dinkins finds him authoritative.
Anyway, that’s the end of the rev’s column. Impressive, wasn’t it?
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