A friend of mine is a pretty die-hard Christian (shock horror, both of his parents are missionaries/vicars) and he often posts little sayings of some kind or another on Facebook, which I usually ignore. However, today he posted something that really irritated me for some reason:
"The more I look at science, the more in awe of God I become."
And just to make that worse, one of his Christian friends commented "Boom" as if he had made some kind of infallible argument. Somehow, I feel as though nothing I say will make any difference because they must be incredibly deluded already to believe that God just "invented" science. Basically, this is the guy who thinks he's a "modern and intelligent" Christian by saying that things like Noah's Ark are "just stories and aren't meant to be taken seriously by Christians". But if that is true, then why take ANY of the Bible seriously and where does he draw the line between stories and (what he believes is) the truth?
In the past I asked him and his friend where the evidence was. He claimed science (yes, seriously) helped prove Christianity and that Christianity was about "opening yourself" to it and believing, and then you "feel God" or whatever. How do you argue with someone like that??
What do you all say to religious people (not necessarily just Christians) who claim that science is just an invention of God? Is there a specific way to argue with someone who twists everything to awkwardly suit modern day thinking?
"If we are going to teach “creation science” as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction."
-- Judith Hayes --
RE: "you can't prove He doesn't" - it's not our job to "prove he doesn't," you're making the assertion, it's your job to prove he does. Where do you get your ideas, Richard? The Bible?
The only part of the Bible that tells us that your god created everything, are the first two chapters of Genesis, or "Bereshit," as it was called in Hebrew, "According to Moses" - but biblical scholars have established that Moses didn't even write those books, Chapter one was written by the Priestly Source, a group of Jewish priests in exile in Babylon, sometime after 522 BCE, and Chapter Two was written by a group known as the Yahwist Source, living in the Southern Kingdom of Judea, around 950 BCE, both living and writing hundreds of years after Moses, if he ever existed, took the long dirt-nap. So much for your inerrant book!
The "god as first cause" argument, Richard, forces the question, what created your god?
Don't bother. You're trying to kick water uphill.
Rich, I hope you hang around a while this is some funny shit.
Please, tell us more...but wait a sec...I gotta clean my screen...it's cover with the coffee I've been spewing out my nose everytime I read another of your posts....OK, I'm ready now. :)
a general understanding shows something with complexity has a designer.
If that is true, Richard, then what designed God?
None of you can prove how the universe got here
The science of cosmology has provided overwhelming evidence that the universe originated with the Big Bang.
or how life started,
That's true. We do not know exactly how life started. This is one of the most difficult questions in science.
To cite this as a proof of God is a classic 'argument from ignorance' fallacy.
Crackpot: How did life begin?
Me: I don't know.
Crackpot: See? God did it! It's the ONLY possible explanation!
Me: Why does it have to be God? Why can't it have a natural explanation we don't understand yet?
You see how that works, Richard? Earthquakes. Lightning. Stars. Seasons. Disease. Rain. Tides. Gravity. After countless scientific investigations throughout human history, not once has the supernatural ever turned out to be the explanation for ANYTHING. In all cases, once our ignorance of nature vanishes, so does God.
"To the scientist the word "supernatual" is a contradiction.
Everything that is in the universe is natural;
the supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
And that which is called the supernatural is often the figment of a disordered, undisciplined or undeveloped imagination."
-- Elbert Hubbard --
Any explanation of anything has to begin with an appreciation of what's possible and what's likely. That a ghost whipped up the cosmos doesn't pass even the most basic tests of possibility and likelihood.