Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Coming Up Big ... Or Not

Hey, our old friend, the Rev. Tony Breeden, is back pushing his Creation Letter Project that tries to counter the Clergy Letter Project, which includes this statement:

We the undersigned, Christian clergy from many different traditions, believe that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist. We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children. We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator.

The Creation Letter, on the other hand, contains the same creationist bafflegab we have come to know and laugh at and contains this statement:

We the undersigned affirm the truth of a Biblical, literal 6-day Creation and strongly discourage any Bible-believing Christian from endorsing or celebrating an Evolution Sunday. Evolution is a lie which undermines both Biblical authority and the foundational basis of the Gospel.

Breeden is also once again urging that churches hold a "Creation Sunday" this February 14th to counter the Clergy Letter Project's "Evolution Sunday."

Let's see how he's doing:

The last time we looked in on The Rev, on April 14, 2009, his Creation Letter had 112 signatures. The Clergy Letter had 11,891.

Nine months along and the Creation Letter has 170 signatures and the Clergy Letter has 12,376.

Hey! That's a 52% increase in the Creation Letter signatories to only a 4% increase in the Clergy Letter signatories!

The Rev is catching up! It should only take him ... um ... ah ... nope, I can't count that high.

Isn't the microscope back to front in the picture?

I guess the photographer had been educated in a bible college.
Heh. I didn't notice that, though it can be used that way even if it's awkward.
They put focus knobs on both side of those for a reason. Unless you are natural light, it doesn't make much difference which way it faces. I would think it would be easier to get slides in and out the way it is facing in the picture.
Hm. Exponential growth is deceptive.

Assuming those growth rates remain constant, I make it less than 77 years to catch up.
And, assuming a 52% and 4% increase respectively every 9 months, the turnover point is under 9 years.
It is very easy to distinguish between those who have actually used a microscope for more than an hour and those who are contrarians.
... assuming a 52% and 4% increase respectively every 9 months, the turnover point is under 9 years.

We already know the increase in the Creation Letter is not exponential or even linear. The first "signature" was in December 2008 and by April 2009 they had 112. From April 2009 to January 2010 they picked up only 58. Since the press release until 01/28/10 they picked up another 16.
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