Saturday, August 07, 2010

My Letter to the Editor which Won't Get Published

I have been lured, once again, to send a letter to the editor of the WELS Forward in Christ magazine (dead tree, so no link), and it will doubtless remain unpublished.

In the August issue, Dr. Eggert argued that, "The existence of God renders even the best scientific model only as reliable as God wants it to be."

While true, his phrasing is unfortunate, and I would caution against using this argument because it needlessly invites mockery. The phrasing is similar to that used by the anti-Christian parody "The Flying Spaghetti Monster"--who "is there changing the results [of scientific research] with His Noodly Appendage". This may be one application of Proverbs 26:4 "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself."

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