One of the letters in today’s Durango Herald (Colorado)
Christian texts right to dump Darwin
by Paul Bynum
It is amazing how the evolutionists react when their messiah, Charles Darwin, is ignored or otherwise abused. The very fact that he is not given top billing in Christian-based biology textbooks for the home-schooling market sends them in an absolute thither [sic]. In an Associated Press story (“Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin,” Herald, March 7), Jerry Coyne, an evolutionary professor at the University of Chicago, went so far as to say, “I feel strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids.”
Lies? I believe that opinion may depend on which side of the creation coin you come down on.
On the humanistic, God-denying, evolutionary side, you can tell children they are nothing more than animals that appeared by mere chance through a prolonged process that began in a great big explosion that over millions and millions of years now allows them to wonder and care how they got here and what it might matter in the eons to come. If they are just animals, why not act the part? Why not blow away the other animal that stole your peanut butter sandwich at lunch?
On the creation side of the coin, children are told they are created in the image of a loving God that cares for each and every one of them. Their Christian home-schooling parents do, indeed, want to give their children religious and moral instruction that teaches them they are more than just another animal in the evolutionary food chain. In order to give this type of education to their children, textbooks are needed that are from a godly, biblical-based point of view. Not a Charles Darwin, God-denying view point.
So why should the evolutionists blow a gasket when textbooks are released giving a different point of view? They want God totally out of any educational process and bring Christian home schooling under the state-controlled school system, thereby eliminating free choice of your child’s future.
Paul Bynum, Durango
This letter encapsulates one of the faithful’s commonest objections to evolution: it does away with God-given morality, thereby giving us license to act like beasts. Accommodationists would have us believe that if Mr. Bynum and his ilk were politely informed that many religious people have no problem accepting evolution, they’d suddenly abjure their views and embrace Darwinism. The morality argument would vanish!
And if you believe that, then I have a a Ray Comfort edition of The Origin to sell you.
(Bynum and his Durago buddy Gary Anderson were involved in a bit of P. Z. Myers-bashing four years ago.)