Open Letter #44 to Ricky Gervais on comparison of the Tony of AFTER LIFE to the Solomon of ECCLESIASTES, “We are chimps with brains the size of planets” asserts Tony Johnson

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After Life #1 Trailer

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I listened to this question and answer session at Harvard in 1992 on cassette tapes and was captivated with Ravi Zacharias. His responses were so much better than Kath’s responses to Tony in AFTER LIFE. I have referenced work by Ravi many times in the past and Especially moving was Ravi’s own spiritual search which started in a hospital bed after a failed suicide attempt. I also want you to check out his talk at Princeton and the question and answer time afterwards which are both on YOU TUBEat these two links: Link for talk, Link for Q/A.

After Life 2 Trailer

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On Saturday April 18, 2020 at 6pm in London and noon in Arkansas, I had a chance to ask Ricky Gervais a question on his Twitter Live broadcast which was  “Is Tony a Nihilist?” At the 20:51 mark Ricky answers my question. Below is the video:

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If Death is the end then what is the point Kath asks below:

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Francis Schaeffer passed away on May 15, 1984 and on the 10th anniversary of that date I wrote many skeptics such as Carl Sagan and corresponded with them on the big questions covered by the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Kath: You are an atheist?

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Adrian Rogers on Evolution

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Ravi Zacharias  (March 26, 1946 – May 19, 2020) 

Francis Schaeffer (January 30, 1912 – May 15, 1984[1]

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I grew up at Bellevue Baptist Church under the leadership of our pastor Adrian Rogers and I read many books by the Evangelical Philosopher Francis Schaeffer and in 1992 I heard cassette tapes of Ravi Zacharias in all his brilliance in his sessions at Harvard and have had the opportunity to contact many of the evolutionists or humanistic academics that they have mentioned in their works. Many of these scholars have taken the time to respond back to me in the last 20 years and some of the names  included are  Ernest Mayr (1904-2005), George Wald (1906-1997), Carl Sagan (1934-1996),  Robert Shapiro (1935-2011), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920-),  Brian Charlesworth (1945-),  Francisco J. Ayala (1934-) Elliott Sober (1948-), Kevin Padian (1951-), Matt Cartmill (1943-) , Milton Fingerman (1928-), John J. Shea (1969-), , Michael A. Crawford (1938-), Paul Kurtz (1925-2012), Sol Gordon (1923-2008), Albert Ellis (1913-2007), Barbara Marie Tabler (1915-1996), Renate Vambery (1916-2005), Archie J. Bahm (1907-1996), Aron S “Gil” Martin ( 1910-1997), Matthew I. Spetter (1921-2012), H. J. Eysenck (1916-1997), Robert L. Erdmann (1929-2006), Mary Morain (1911-1999), Lloyd Morain (1917-2010),  Warren Allen Smith (1921-), Bette Chambers (1930-),  Gordon Stein (1941-1996) , Milton Friedman (1912-2006), John Hospers (1918-2011), Michael Martin (1932-).Harry Kroto (1939-), Marty E. Martin (1928-), Richard Rubenstein (1924-), James Terry McCollum (1936-), Edward O. WIlson (1929-), Lewis Wolpert (1929), Gerald Holton(1922-), Martin Rees (1942-), Alan Macfarlane (1941-),  Roald Hoffmann (1937-), Herbert Kroemer (1928-), Thomas H. Jukes(1906-1999) and  Ray T. Cragun (1976-).

 Adrian Rogers (September 12, 1931 – November 15, 2005) 

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Charles Darwin Autobiography


Francis Schaeffer “The Age of NONREASON”

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(Above) Tony and Anne on the bench at the graveyard where their spouses are buried.

May 31, 2020 
Ricky Gervais 


Dear Ricky,  

This is the 44th day in a row that I have written another open letter to you to comment on some of your episodes of AFTER LIFE, but first I want make a few comments about Solomon and his secular point of view in ECCLESIASTES when he looks at life UNDER THE SUN.

Ecclesiastes is a book that is truly a picture of how modern secular man looks at the world. The Christian Scholar Ravi Zacharias noted, “The key to understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes is the term UNDER THE SUN — What that literally means is you lock God out of a closed system and you are left with only this world of Time plus Chance plus matter.”

Francis Schaeffer comments on ECCLESIASTES: 


Ecclesiastes 9:11

11 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

Chance rules. If a man starts out only from himself and works outward it must eventually if he is consistent seem so that only chance rules. 

(Tony Johnson with his dog Brandi seen below:)

In episode 2 of the second season of AFTER LIFE is the following discussion: 
Tony: I drink in times of trouble. I can’t help it the world is filled with trouble. It is a horrible place. Everyone is screwed up in someway. Everyone has worries like money or health or famine, war. We are chimps with brains the size of planets. No wonder we get drunk and try to kill each other. It is mental.

Matt: Always good to talk.

Tony: I was just explaining my new plan is to drink myself to death till I eventually implode in on my own evolution. 
Kath: Do you believe in all that? 
Tony: What? The proven fact that there is evolution? Yeah

Kath: That is the problem that your science only deals with facts. I am the more opened mind type. I love anything paranormal. Do you know when an angel has entered the room?

Ricky Gervais plays bereaved husband Tony Johnson in AFTER LIFE 

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Tony does battle with Christians like Kath on many intellectual subjects and it is really not a fair fight. One thing that I have learned is that the scientists that modern science was born out of the Christian world view, and many of our greatest scientists such as Isaac Newton were firm believers in creationism.

In 1994 and 1995 I had the opportunity to correspond with the famous evolutionist Dr. Ernst Mayr of Harvard. He stated in his letter of 10-3-94, “Owing to your ideological commitments, it is only natural that you cannot accept the cogency of the scientific evidence. However, to a person such as myself without such commitments, the story of the gradual evolution of life as reconstructed by chemists and molecular biologists is totally convincing.”

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I responded by pointing out three points. First, Scientific Naturalism is atheistic by definition. Second, many great scientists of the past were Christians, and that did not disqualify their observations and discoveries. Third, the fact that evolution is true does not rule out God’s existence (Harvard’s own Owen Gingerich and many others such as Francis Collins hold to a Creator and evolution).

Let me just spend some time on my second point. Francis Schaeffer in his book “HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE?” stated that according to Alfred North Whitehead and J. Robert Oppenheimer, both renowned philosophers and scientists of our era (but not Christians themselves), modern science was born out of the Christian world view. Whitehead said that Christianity is the “mother of science” because of the insistence on the rationality of God. In the article, “Christianity and Technological Advance – The Astonishing Connection,” by T. V. Varughese, Ph.D, he observed:

Without question, “technology” has now become the new magic word in place of the word “science.” Since technology represents the practical applications of science, it is clearly consumer-oriented. Herein is bright economic promise to all who can provide technology.

In terms of technology, our present world can be divided into at least three groups: countries that are strong providers of technology, both original and improved; countries that are mass producers because of cheaper labor; and countries that are mostly consumers. Without a doubt, being in the position of “originating” superior technology should be a goal for any major country. The difficult question, however, is “how.”

An obvious place to start suggests itself. Why not begin with the countries that have established themselves as strong originators of technology and see if there is a common thread between them? The western nations, after the Renaissance and the Reformation of the 16th century, offer a ready example. Any book on the history of inventions, such as the Guinness Book of Answers, will reveal that the vast majority of scientific inventions have originated in Europe (including Britain) and the USA since the dawn of the 17th century. What led to the fast technological advances in the European countries and North America around that time?

The answer is that something happened which set the stage for science and technology to emerge with full force. Strange as it may seem, that event was the return to Biblical Christianity in these countries.The Epistemological Foundation of Technology

According to Alfred North Whitehead and J. Robert Oppenheimer, both renowned philosophers and scientists of our era (but not Christians themselves), modern science was born out of the Christian world view. Whitehead said that Christianity is the “mother of science” because of the insistence on the rationality of God.[1] Entomologist Stanley Beck,though not a Christian himself, acknowledged the corner-stone premises of science which the Judeo-Christian world view offers: “The first of the unprovable premises on which science has been based is the belief that the world is real and the human mind is capable of knowing its real nature. The second and best-known postulate underlying the structure of scientific knowledge is that of cause and effect. The third basic scientific premise is that nature is unified.”[2] In other words, the epistemological foundation of technology has been the Judeo-Christian world view presented in the Bible…

Perhaps the most obvious affirmation that Biblical Christianity and science are friends and not foes comes from the fact that most of the early scientists after the Renaissance were also strong believers in the Bible as the authoritative source of knowledge concerning the origin of the universe and man’s place in it.[4] The book of Genesis, the opening book of the Bible, presents the distinctly Judeo-Christian world view of a personal Creator God behind the origin and sustenance of the universe (Genesis 1:1Colossians 1:17; etc.).

Among the early scientists of note who held the Biblical creationist world view are Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), and Samuel Morse (1791-1872) – what motivated them was a confidence in the “rationality” behind the universe and the “goodness” of the material world. The creation account in Genesis presents an intelligent, purposeful Creator, who, after completing the creation work, declared it to be very good (Genesis 1:31). That assures us that the physical universe operates under reliable laws which may be discovered by the intelligent mind and used in practical applications. The confidence in the divinely pronounced goodness of the material world removed any reluctance concerning the development of material things for the betterment of life in this world. The spiritual world and the material world can work together in harmony.

 References –

  1. Francis A. Schaeffer: How Should We Then Live (Revell, 1976), p. 132.
  2. Henry M. Morris, Biblical Basis for Modern Science (Baker, 1991), p. 30.
  3. Schaeffer, p. 131.
  4. Henry M. Morris, Men of Science, Men of God (Master Books, CA, 1988), 107 pp.

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Henry Morris pointed out:

Many of these great scientists of the past were before Darwin, but not all of them. However, all of them were acquainted with secular philosophies and some were in fact opponents of Darwinism (Agassiz, Pasteur, Lord Kelvin, Maxwell, Dawson, Virchow, Fabre, Fleming, etc). Many of them believed in the inspiration and authority of the Bible, as well as in the deity and saving work of Jesus Christ. They believed that God had supernaturally created all things, each with its own complex structure for its own unique purpose. They believed that, as scientists, they were “thinking God’s thoughts after Him,” learning to understand and control the laws and processes of nature for God’s glory and man’s good. They believed and practiced science in exactly the same way that modern creationist scientists do.

And somehow this attitude did not hinder them in their commitment to the “scientific method.” In fact one of them, Sir Francis Bacon, is credited with formulating and establishing the scientific method! They seem also to have been able to maintain a proper “scientific attitude,” for it was these men (Newton, Pasteur, Linnaeus, Faraday, Pascal, Lord Kelvin, Maxwell, Kepler, etc.) whose researches and analyses led to the very laws and concepts of science which brought about our modern scientific age…. 

To illustrate the caliber and significance of these great scientists of the past, Tables I and II have been prepared. These tabulations are not complete lists, of course, but at least are representative and they do point up the absurdity of modern assertions that no true scientist can be a creationist and Bible-believing Christian.

Table I lists the creationist “fathers” of many significant branches of modern science. Table II lists the creationist scientists responsible for various vital inventions, discoveries, and other contributions to mankind. These identifications are to some degree oversimplified, of course, for even in the early days of science every new development involved a number of other scientists, before and after. Nevertheless, in each instance, a strong case can be made for attributing the chief responsibility to the creationist scientist indicated. At the very least, his contribution was critically important and thus supports our contention that belief in creation and the Bible helps, rather than hinders, scientific discovery.


My relatives live 3 miles from Spring Hill, Tennessee. When the new General Motors plant opened there I got to go see it. What if I had said, “The assembly line created a beautiful Saturn automobile!” Hopefully, some would have corected me by responding, “The assembly line did not create the automobile. It was first designed by the General Motors engineers in Detroit.” ASSUMING EVOLUTION IS TRUE, IT WOULD STILL ONLY BE THE MECHANISM. DOES EVOLUTION ACCOUNT FOR THE DESIGNER?

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TABLE ISCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES ESTABLISHED
BY CREATIONIST SCIENTISTS
DISCIPLINESCIENTIST
ANTISEPTIC SURGERYJOSEPH LISTER (1827-1912)
BACTERIOLOGYLOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895)
CALCULUSISAAC NEWTON (1642-1727)
CELESTIAL MECHANICSJOHANN KEPLER (1571-1630)
CHEMISTRYROBERT BOYLE (1627-1691)
COMPARATIVE ANATOMYGEORGES CUVIER (1769-1832)
COMPUTER SCIENCECHARLES BABBAGE (1792-1871)
DIMENSIONAL ANALYSISLORD RAYLEIGH (1842-1919)
DYNAMICSISAAC NEWTON (1642-1727)
ELECTRONICSJOHN AMBROSE FLEMING(1849-1945)
ELECTRODYNAMICSJAMES CLERK MAXWELL(1831-1879)
ELECTRO-MAGNETICSMICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867)
ENERGETICSLORD KELVIN (1824-1907)
ENTOMOLOGY OF LIVING INSECTSHENRI FABRE (1823-1915)
FIELD THEORYMICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867)
FLUID MECHANICSGEORGE STOKES (1819-1903)
GALACTIC ASTRONOMYWILLIAM HERSCHEL (1738-1822)
GAS DYNAMICSROBERT BOYLE (1627-1691)
GENETICSGREGOR MENDEL (1822-1884)
GLACIAL GEOLOGYLOUIS AGASSIZ (1807-1873)
GYNECOLOGYJAMES SIMPSON (1811-1870)
HYDRAULICSLEONARDO DA VINCI (1452-1519)
HYDROGRAPHYMATTHEW MAURY (1806-1873)
HYDROSTATICSBLAISE PASCAL (1623-1662)
ICHTHYOLOGYLOUIS AGASSIZ (1807-1873)
ISOTOPIC CHEMISTRYWILLIAM RAMSAY (1852-1916)
MODEL ANALYSISLORD RAYLEIGH (1842-1919)
NATURAL HISTORYJOHN RAY (1627-1705)
NON-EUCLIDEAN GEOMETRYBERNHARD RIEMANN (1826- 1866)
OCEANOGRAPHYMATTHEW MAURY (1806-1873)
OPTICAL MINERALOGYDAVID BREWSTER (1781-1868)
PALEONTOLOGYJOHN WOODWARD (1665-1728)
PATHOLOGYRUDOLPH VIRCHOW (1821-1902)
PHYSICAL ASTRONOMYJOHANN KEPLER (1571-1630)
REVERSIBLE THERMODYNAMICSJAMES JOULE (1818-1889)
STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICSJAMES CLERK MAXWELL(1831-1879)
STRATIGRAPHYNICHOLAS STENO (1631-1686)
SYSTEMATIC BIOLOGYCAROLUS LINNAEUS (1707-1778)
THERMODYNAMICSLORD KELVIN (1824-1907)
THERMOKINETICSHUMPHREY DAVY (1778-1829)
VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGYGEORGES CUVIER (1769-1832)
TABLE IINOTABLE INVENTIONS, DISCOVERIES
OR DEVELOPMENTS BY CREATIONIST SCIENTISTS
CONTRIBUTIONSCIENTIST
ABSOLUTE TEMPERATURE SCALELORD KELVIN (1824-1907)
ACTUARIAL TABLESCHARLES BABBAGE (1792-1871)
BAROMETERBLAISE PASCAL (1623-1662)
BIOGENESIS LAWLOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895)
CALCULATING MACHINECHARLES BABBAGE (1792-1871)
CHLOROFORMJAMES SIMPSON (1811-1870)
CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMCAROLUS LINNAEUS (1707-1778)
DOUBLE STARSWILLIAM HERSCHEL (1738-1822)
ELECTRIC GENERATORMICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867)
ELECTRIC MOTORJOSEPH HENRY (1797-1878)
EPHEMERIS TABLESJOHANN KEPLER (1571-1630)
FERMENTATION CONTROLLOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895)
GALVANOMETERJOSEPH HENRY (1797-1878)
GLOBAL STAR CATALOGJOHN HERSCHEL (1792-1871)
INERT GASESWILLIAM RAMSAY (1852-1916)
KALEIDOSCOPEDAVID BREWSTER (1781-1868)
LAW OF GRAVITYISAAC NEWTON (1642-1727)
MINE SAFETY LAMPHUMPHREY DAVY (1778-1829)
PASTEURIZATIONLOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895)
REFLECTING TELESCOPEISAAC NEWTON (1642-1727)
SCIENTIFIC METHODFRANCIS BACON (1561-1626)
SELF-INDUCTIONJOSEPH HENRY (1797-1878)
TELEGRAPHSAMUEL F.B. MORSE (1791-1872)
THERMIONIC VALVEAMBROSE FLEMING (1849-1945)
TRANS-ATLANTIC CABLELORD KELVIN (1824-1907)
VACCINATION & IMMUNIZATIONLOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895)


The answer to find meaning in life is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

Thank you again for your time and I know how busy you are.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.comhttp://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002

PS: What is the meaning of life? Find it in the end of the open letter I wrote to you on April 23, 2020. 

Below is the workforce of THE TAMBURY GAZETTE 

Seen below is the third episode of AFTERLIFE (season 1) when Matt takes Tony to a comedy club with front row seats to cheer him up but it turns into disaster!!!

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