Starting our day’s coverage off right, we note a letter to the editor of the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), warning a disbelieving world:
In his Feb. 12 letter to the Argus Leader asserting “intelligent design is evidence-based and is science,” Bill Harris tells us he is a “Ph.D., professor of medicine, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota and president of OmegaQuant Analytics.” Apparently, we mere mortals are supposed to be impressed.
Goodness. Some of us would think the doc did right to tell us other mere mortals where he is coming from. As in, Hi, I’m Denyse O’Leary, a news hack from Ottawa… So we’d expect him to know something about medicine the way you’d expect me to know something about Canada.
With or without evidence, I find the implications of his assertion horrifying. If there is an intelligent creator, the nature of the universe — violent and random — suggests such a being is either malevolent, a buffoon, or both, and the moral implications are staggering.
The earth has experienced five mass extinctions. What kind of designer makes a system that periodically wipes out species for no apparent reason? Are these extinctions simply an “oops” moment on the part of the creator? More.
Worse still, my laptop’s operating system is so old that it no longer supports Chrome. And the old cars in the Canada Day Antiques highway parade aren’t made anymore…
It would be interesting to see a serious argument that an intelligent creator could never allow something based in time and space to obsolesce and disappear.
But meanwhile, we must make do with frantic letters to the editor.
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