October 19, 2008
A second Open Letter to Clifford Goldstein
I have only very recently read your 2003 column Seventh-day Darwinians.
For content it can reliably be dated mid 16th century. The influence of John Calvin, for one, is clear: “Who will venture to place the authority of Copernicus above that of the Holy Spirit?”
Any self-respecting Adventist scholar should hasten to disavow you for your inexcusable ignorance of evolution, manifested in this preposterous pronouncement: “…vicious dog-eat-dog, survival-of-the-fittest paradigm”.
As for Adventist scientists… I do not hear objections. Are there any Adventist scientists out there? Heloooo…
The very reference to “paycheck”; the accusation of duplicity against those who would venture to think; the shibboleth proclamation that it is six literal days or… speak to the consummate odiousness of your tendentiousness arrogating as argument.
I believe I should be justified in concluding that the baptismal font washes away the ability to think too. Or, at least, permission to think.
In the absence of General Conference sanction, you have singlehandedly entrenched the Seventh-day Adventist Church as the global village idiot.
In Homage to the Stork earlier this year, you throw down the gauntlet: “…if convinced that Darwinian evolution were true, I’d have to leave Jesus.”
The Chair of the Creation Truth Foundation, G. Thomas Sharp recently admitted that “If we lose Genesis as a legitimate scientific and historical explanation for man, then we lose the validity of Christianity. Period.”
You can kiss Jesus goodbye, Clifford. Will you put your money where your mouth is, though? I doubt it very much. For “being convinced” can be a very private matter if need be that it be private.