When we recently departed from our focus on Europe and the English-speaking countries, and wrote Creationist Wisdom #616: Letter from Swaziland, we thought it was a one-time aberration. But we were wrong.
Today’s letter-to-the-editor also appears in the Times Of Swaziland, the oldest newspaper in the Kingdom of Swaziland. It’s titled QALAKALIBOLI IS RIGHT ON EVOLUTION. That refers to the letter we wrote about earlier. The newspaper has a comments feature.
We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), but our customary discretion isn’t necessary here. The letter-writer is identified only as Swazi Citizen. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Also, some of the spelling and grammar is a bit odd, but our excerpts are exactly what appears at the newspaper’s website. Here we go!
Since the discovery of some old fossilised bones, most probably belonging to an extinct species of ape in a cave in South Africa, the debate over the religion versus evolution has heated up again.
He’s referring, of course, to Homo naledi. Swazi Citizen says:
Even though people may have their own opinion, they should not avoid looking at the bigger picture. Unlike religion, particularly the Judeo-Christian religion whose origins can be traced back to Middle-Eastern regions of Asia, the theory of evolution is a relatively recent belief (in the absence of observable proof) that the universe, the planets and life somehow magically appeared out of nothing without having been created by a higher power or supreme being.
As is the case with so many creationists, Swazi Citizen lumps the Big Bang, the formation of the solar system, and the origin of life together with the theory of evolution. Interestingly, he feels that if everything weren’t “created by a higher power or supreme being,” that would be magic — a curious inversion of science and religion. Let’s read on:
Most aspects of science require conducting experiments and observing different processes to reach proves scientific conclusions. Evolutionary science, however, relies on the evolution of an idea, which was invented by a certain individual/s who hadn’t even had the privilege of seeing the same extinct ape bones being unearthed by scientists in South African caves. The morphing of one species into an entirely new and different species has never been observed.
We like that “morphing” expression. It brings to mind the transformation of Dracula into a bat. Swazi Citizen continues:
Old bones don’t prove anything just as gorilla bones don’t. Religions on the other hands and Christianity in particular, not only explains the origins of everything but also give us the Creator’s living word – the bible.
Ken Ham couldn’t have said it better. Here’s more:
Until as recently as 500 years ago, scientists of the times were still uncertain as to whether the world was round or flat. But the bible supposedly written by ignorant people from the stone-age, explain that the world is round (Gen 1:6-8).
Aaaargh!! It has been known since Aristotle that the world is a sphere. Eratosthenes, around two centuries BC, even calculated its circumference. As for Genesis 1:6-8, you may decide for yourself whether it describes the shape of the world. It says (King James version, of course):
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
So far, the letter has been fairly typical. But now it gets strange:
Through the bible, we can find answers too many of life’s mysteries, which would otherwise be dismissed as superstitious nonsense or myths.
This is where Swazi Citizen wanders off into some strange territory, discussing “would otherwise be dismissed as superstitious nonsense or myths.” He talks about hollow earth theory and it’s influence on Hitler. He also talks about Atlantis, angels breeding with human women, and Noah’s Flood. You may read the letter and judge for yourself, but it appears to us that Swazi Citizen doesn’t think any of those things are myths.
We don’t see the relevance of that material — unless it’s to somehow demonstrate the bible’s infallibility — so we’ll skip it. That brings us to the letter’s final paragraph:
Could all this just be coincidence? In fact, we are told that Satan will be set free from his prison and will go out and deceive the nations (Rev 20:7). Could this already by happening? And how does all of this fit in with the theory of evolution? It doesn’t. If anything is a myth, it is the evolution delusion.
So there you are, dear reader. This may be the strangest letter in our entire collection, and it will probably be our last one from Swaziland.
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