This is the third time we’ve titled one of these things “Evolution Isn’t Science.” The earlier two use arguments similar (but not identical) to what we found today, and you can find them here: #555: Evolution Isn’t Science and #584: Evolution Isn’t Science.
Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Carroll County Times of Westminster, Maryland. The letter is titled The Bible is science; evolution requires faith, and it’s the second letter at that link. The newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Steve. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Dean Minnich’s opinions expressed in his March 18 column offer so many plums, its difficult to pick only one, but here goes.
Steve may be referring to this: No shots? Check out Darwin. It doesn’t matter. Then he says:
As one of your “dinosaurs,” I propose you can’t believe both natural selection and science, because evolution and the Big Bang contradict the basic laws of real science. [Wowie!] For instance, the law of biogenesis states that life only comes from life. [Hee hee!]
That old clunker is still making the rounds. We discussed it in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. But wait ’til you see Steve’s next “basic law of real science”: Here it comes:
The law of probability tells us that anything over 1 in 10 to the 50th power will never happen, and the odds against spontaneous life happening are 1 in 10 to the 123rd power.
Your Curmudgeon is stunned — absolutely stunned. We’ll let you refute that one, dear reader — if you can. And that’s not all Steve’s got. Now he tells us:
The law of causality says no effect can be greater than its cause. [Uh, okay. Now what?] Since Earth contains complex creatures which have information (DNA) and intelligence (brains), the “cause” necessarily had to have information, which can not appear in “matter.”
Aaaargh!! He continues:
The first law of thermodynamics states that we live in a closed universe. All we can do is convert existing matter and energy to a different matter or energy, and that, always imperfectly.
That’s almost a fair statement — see Laws of thermodynamics. Where is Steve going with this? Let’s read on:
The second Law of thermodynamics, the law of entropy, states that everything in the universe is irreversibly winding down, going from order to disorder, and ultimately leading to cessation of all processes. That is the opposite of evolution and natural selection which claims everything is improving through selection of the fittest.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s been in the TalkOrigins Index of Creationist Claims for eons — see The second law of thermodynamics prohibits evolution. Steve is amazing! Here’s another excerpt:
In the Christian Bible, the first 10 words of Genesis record the creation of the space-time-matter continuum, which makes up our entire physical cosmos: “In the beginning” = time, “God created” = matter, “the heavens and the earth” = space.
Brilliant translation! And now we come to the end of Steve’s letter:
Science is the reason most people deny the authority and accuracy of the Bible, and yet, the Bible is science. [Yes — oh yes!] It takes vastly more faith to believe in evolution, than it does to believe in a creator God.
Well there you are, dear reader. That’s one of the most amazing letters we’ve ever seen in this series. Are you persuaded? If not, why not?
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