On December 3rd, my local newspaper had an interesting letter to the editor.
You can read it here:
The craziness of his letter compelled me to respond. I wished me they let me use more than 350 words. 😦
On December 3rd’s Soapbox, there was a letter to the editor about Darwin’s case for a “plan.” I would like to inform this guy that he is seriously wrong and cherry picking the worst quotes. Darwin has never made a case of the creator. Creationists love to cherry pick words from Darwin’s book in order to spin them around. I could make this a long essay, but I have a limit on how many words I can use. I will first use the example of the development of the eye. Creationists and IDers believe the eye is too complex for natural selection to create.
Darwin quotes: “I suppose that the eye … could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”
He clearly sounds like he was supporting a creator. Yet if you continue reading:
“When it was first said that the sun stood still and the world turned round, the common sense of mankind declared the doctrine false; but the old saying of Vox populi, vox Dei, as every philosopher knows, cannot be trusted in science. Reason tells me, that if numerous gradations from a simple and imperfect eye to one complex and perfect can be shown to exist, each grade being useful to its possessor, as is certainly the case; if further, the eye ever varies and the variations be inherited, as is likewise certainly the case and if such variations should be useful to any animal under changing conditions of life, then the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, though insuperable by our imagination, should not be considered as subversive of the theory.”
See Darwin never made a case for a creator in his works.
I really hope this letter goes through. It’s been ages since I’ve been int he newspaper. Also I want to show the world that Skagit County has intelligent people living here who read and understands evolution.
I would like to thank r/atheism for suggesting this closer for my letter, but it would have been too big to be allowed. So here is the quote I wished I used at the end.