- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Robert Lindsley’s letter published in the Feb. 1 Enterprise had several logical fallacies that cannot go unanswered:
First he argued, “Did it happen by chance that the Earth is where it is today and we have all the things necessary to sustain life?” Two errors in reason here, first there have already been discovered planets in other solar systems where it is theorized life could exist. The second fallacy is that because we are on living on earth and not Mars, it must be by grand design. If grand design existed wouldn’t it make sense to have many planets capable of sustaining human life near each other? Why are the other life-sustaining planets so far away, except by random development?
His next argument, “Some people say they do not believe in miracles. Everything can be explained by science. How about gravity? Or magnetism? Or radiation?” None of those phenomena are miracles; they are all explained by science if you want to take the time to understand it.
Then he said of human fertilization, “How does this growing mass know to develop into a complicated human being?” This is the reason human fertilization is covered in the second half of biology class, because you first have to understand DNA, cell life and evolution to know why the DNA in a fertilized egg turns into exactly the same kind of mammal. DNA is the reason humans don’t give birth to dogs and vice-versa.
Rather than rely on logical fallacies to decide, or even my arguments, I welcome readers to Google the upcoming Feb. 8 online debate “Christianity: Good or Bad for Mankind?” in which well-known Christian conservative D’inesh D’Souza will debate a top atheist intellectual. If readers are going to apply the “reasonableness test,” I encourage them to see the debate first.
Anthony Fellows, Lexington Park