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 Stanley. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
In response to Jon Alexander’s recent column When ‘God’ Kills Progress, I say He does not.
The column Stanley linked to is a good one, blasting a bible-quoting, science-denying Congressman over the issue of climate change. Stanley supports the science-denier. He says:
Where would our world be without Isaac Newton (physics), Louis Pasteur (biology), Werner von Braun (Apollo space missions), Raymond Damadian (MRI) and many other Bible-believing scientist?
We see that a lot, although they never mention Galileo. Yes, there have been and still are religious scientists. But the scientific ideas they’re known for weren’t in scripture. Nothing in science has ever been based on Genesis. Then Stanley gives us some counter-examples:
On the other hand, secular evolution has spawned such “reasonable” thinkers as Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot, who combined to murder over 30 million people.
Aaaargh!! Hey, that’s how these people think. They’re completely unhinged from reality. Stanley continues:
Leviticus doesn’t address thermonuclear reactions. [The earlier column mentioned that.] It does address conservation (chapter 7), personal hygiene (15), human dependence on blood (17), sexual immorality (18), caring for the poor (25), and many other issues, if you actually read it.
Should we bother to chase down those examples of biblical science? Okay, okay. Here’s what Leviticus 16 teaches us about hygiene: There are a few passages about washing before sacrificing a young bullock. That’s good to know. What about blood? Leviticus 17 talks about sprinkling the blood of sacrifices on the altar. Wait — there’s more. Verses 10 and 11 say:
10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
Stanley’s right. That’s great science! Here’s more:
God affirms government and obedience to it (Romans 13, 1 Peter 2). History gives valuable insight about governments. Those that respect God and the Bible prosper, while those that ignore God and use the Bible for toilet paper don’t.
Yeah, the bible is a great handbook for government. But for some reason, the American Constitution doesn’t establish a biblical monarchy.
Then Stanley criticizes Al Gore for traveling around in a Lear jet. That’s fine. Your Curmudgeon is no fan of Al Gore. Moving along:
God did promise Noah that “while the earth remains…seed time and harvest…shall not cease”. Conversely, the Climate Research Institute in England has been implicated in using bad data to promote the climate change agenda.
Yeah, okay. God promised there will be no climate problems. And now we come to the end:
So it all comes down to trust for me. Regarding this global “threat”, do I put my faith in highly speculative (and sometimes humanly manipulated) computer models, or the highly reliable word of God? I’ll stick with the word of God.
Well, that was mostly about climate change, which isn’t a big topic around here, but the anti-science attitude and the style of argument are the same as those used by creationists, so this is a good letter for our collection.
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