It Is What It Is

The scientists of Brobdingnag in their language called Gulliver a relplum scalcath, that is, “something which could not be produced according to the regular laws of nature,” and which therefore could not possibly exist, even though it was standing right in front of them. Gulliver himself, stubbornly standing there, should have been the only argument needed for the absurdity of their classification.

Are there equivalents in contemporary scientific discourse? For instance, denial about the massive evidence for intelligent design and fine tuning? About the humanity of the fetus?

These questions I would offer for the enlightenment of scholars and the edification of mankind —were such a thing possible.

Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Toccoa Falls College and the author of Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and Ninety-Five Theses for a New Reformation: A Road Map for Post-­Evangelical Christianity (Semper Reformanda Publications, 2021).

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