Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of Little Rock, Arkansas, the state capital. The letter is titled Evolved … or created, and it’s the third letter at that link. The newspaper has a comments feature, with only one comment so far.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Virginia. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
How the Earth began cannot be proven, because none of us were there when it happened. [Wow! She’s right!] Our schools allow for only one view: evolution. [Yeah, Darwin’s theory of how the Earth began!] I find it much easier to believe in creation as the beginning of life. Why?
Virginia tells us why:
To believe in evolution, you must believe that everything came into existence out of nothing. [Gasp!] I believe if that’s what happened, it’s the only time that has happened. We know you cannot make anything out of nothing.
You gotta admit, Virginia has a good point there. Then she says:
By contrast, to believe in creation you believe an intelligent being designed everything we see. [Ooooooooooooh! That solves the “creation out of nothing” problem!] I believe the universe, the Earth, the seas and everything in them scream “design.”
Yes — you can hear the screaming! After that, Virginia gives us some examples:
Take the human body. Could anyone come up with a better design?
Wowie — she’s right again! Pay no attention to the Curmudgeon’s post titled Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer. Virginia continues with another example:
Take just the human hand, as an example. At the end of two arms we have two hands, perfectly placed in proportion to our body. [Perfectly placed!] A thumb and four fingers on each hand are the exact length needed for tying a shoe lace or fastening a button. [They’re perfect!] Our hands receive directions from our brains so that we grasp, hold, write, type, cook, sew, or build. Some hands are especially gifted and enabled by their brain to play musical instruments, write literature, create jewelry, and build furniture, homes and skyscrapers. On and on I could go about just the subject of hands.
Verily, your hands are a miracle! And now we come to the end of Virginia’s letter:
In summary, I see no harm in discussing the possibility of creation along with the theory of evolution in the schoolroom.
She’s right, you know. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the next generation of school kids were taught to think like Virginia?
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