Is Evolution Proven?
A reader complained that two Provincial politicians have gone out of their way to deny evolution. These politicians are correct. The root word for evolution is evolve, and the word evolving means an on-going process.
Taken in that light, are those who believe in evolution not humans, or are they not humans anymore? When a farmer plants corn seeds in the spring, does evolution – an ongoing process – yield a different crop?
And by the way, did corn, trees, weeds, flowers also originate from the same cell that developed monkeys, humans and animals? Did stones also originate from that same cell? Is evolution a proven fact? (1)
The writer also stated that politicians cannot express their Christian beliefs because, “their religion does not belong on Parliament Hill.” Yet he implies that it is OK to bring his religion to Parliament Hill, because, when I do a Google search for a definition of religion, among the Oxford Dictionary meanings given is, “a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion.”
This man puts his trust in man, and believes that man can save himself, and Christians believe in God, knowing that God is the only one who saves. (2)
Ignorance is not a quality I value in my government, nor should you, yet this letter writer demonstrates that very ignorance.
Evolution Not Debatable
I wonder if Faithful Christian’s anti-evolution objections are cynical, straw-man arguments, or merely the ignorant type.
To even suggest that crops would evolve in a single growing season displays a disturbing ignorance of the mechanics and time-line of evolution. It doesn’t happen overnight. It usually takes millennia, or eons. Guided by farmers, knowledgeable in its workings, the corn grown today only vaguely resembles that found by explorers, 500 years ago.
The intelligent humans of today who believe in evolution, evolved from ignorant Neanderthal cavemen. And yes Faithful, the first living cell, produced by God, obeyed His directives, and split many times, in many ways, to evolve into the almost infinite range of life here on His Earth.
To speak of stones having cells is, at best, hypocritical, but even stone evolves. Spewed lava eventually evolves into basalt, and plain, loose sand, crushed beneath the weight of miles of seawater, evolves into firm sandstone.
“Evolution” is not a test of faith; it’s a test of intelligence. God is not lying to us. Fossils really are millions of years old.
Grumpy Old Archon
So, I was forced to miss yet another chance to keep my mouth shut. Several newspaper readers had been writing about how much salt they had to use to achieve the municipally-mandated ‘bare concrete’ walkways in front of their houses. Salt kills grass, pollutes waterways, ruins shoes and rusts out cars.
I was going to send in a letter suggesting that people try Urea crystals. It melts like salt, but is a fertilizer, without salt’s bad side effects. The biggest problem is finding it, and cheaply. As a fertilizer, summertime and agricultural Co-ops yield the best results.
When I saw the above letter, I couldn’t resist tweaking the nose of another ‘Good Christian’, especially when he claimed to decry ignorance, and then asked such ignorant questions, and made such ignorant claims.
I cringed when I read the original subject letter, with its claim that evolution is a ‘fact.’ It appears to have more supporting evidence, but must still be taken on faith, just like religion.
This passage has absolutely nothing to do with the validity, or lack, of evolution. The letter writer just throws it in to provide an emotionally-charged, fear-of-Damnation-raising, broad, believable base, for his otherwise baseless objections.