Oh dear; I have received another bizarre email from a Christian. Since I’m too tired to think, I’ll just put it up for your delectation. It’s in reference to the plaque from a donor of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum that referred to animals as “creatures of God.” Some of us found that unseemly in a publicly-run museum, made a bit of a fuss, and the plaque was removed. This, of course, peeved the faithful, one of whom wrote me.
Dear Mr. Coyne:
As a Christian, I find it interesting that a person in Chicago would care about a plaque in Los Angeles. However, that is your right, just as it is your right to NOT believe in God. I fully support that right and you will probably hold that belief until you die. I pray you don’t, but probably will. It is at the time of death that you will no longer be an atheist as you will get the chance to meet God. You see, God doesn’t believe in atheists!
You made the comment in the article I read that “… I needn’t remind you that science is done by ignoring God, and has never given the slightest bit of evidence for the intercession of God in the origin, evolution, and diversification of life.” I find that very strange since science is continually proving the Bible to be true!
Do some research. I challenge you to read Job 26:7. Scientists have since CONFIRMED there are Black Holes in space.
Thank you for taking the time to read my message.
God bless you.
I accepted the reader’s challenge and read Job 26:7. Here it is in context from the King James Bible (I put verse 7 in bold):
5 “The dead tremble,
Those under the waters and those inhabiting them.
6 Sheol is naked before Him,
And Destruction has no covering.
7 He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
8 He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
9 He covers the face of His throne,
And spreads His cloud over it.
One would think, if that verse supposedly describes black holes, that a). God would be a bit more explicit, and b). The reader would do a bit of research on what black holes actually are, and how the Earth can’t possibly be construed to hang on one.
Muslims who are accommodationists—yes, there are some—also find such specious correspondences between verses in the Qur’an and the discoveries of modern science. You can see a particularly amusing collection here.