Okay, so I frequent an online chat room moderated by youtube apologist/egomaniac Shockofgod. I have to say about him and the experiences I've had with other atheists and christians there, but there's just one small point that strikes me as odd.
It seems to me that, at least in that forum, the longer a religious discussion goes on, the more likely it is that it will tend to become a Physics discussion... in other words, not a religious discussion. I think this is odd because physics is a field of study that the average person knows little to nothing about. I'm going to be taking Physics in college next semester, and I personally wouldn't have been eligible to sign up for it if I didn't have adequate grades in Calculus (and I suspect that the courses I took in Chemistry will come in handy too). Consequently, I'm amazed that your average joe christian who lacks formal education (and might even be adverse to "evil" colleges) feels that, after reading a couple articles on *enter website here,* they are an expert on the subject qualified enough to ram their "knowledge" down other people's throats and ignore all opposition. So, if you ever want to live through the surreal experience of being lectured on the intricate details of a field of study as complicated as fucking PHYSICS by a thirteen year old christian apologist who owes his confidence to a couple articles found on Answers In Genesis, then by all means, go visit Shockofgod's online chat room.
So why Physics? I'll tell you why; it's a copout. It's a cover for an otherwise general lack of evidence of the existence of any god. For instance, you'll hear numerous modern christians opining that their god is "beyond mankind's capacity of understanding" or that he "exists somewhere outside the universe." Well here's something to consider: NOBODY knows what exists outside the universe. Isn't awfully revealing that apologists cherry-pick some intellectual grey-area and plant their god there, all the while professing absolute confidence in their being correct? Why not plant a god in a place that humans have significantly more knowledge of? The answer is this: It's been done before. Once you understand that religious types once said that gods lived on mountains (before we explored them), and then they said that they lived in the sea (before we explored it), and then they said they lived somewhere in the sky, or space (before telescopes or before we understood exactly what clouds, the sun, and the moon are), and NOW some of them say that god exists somewhere "outside" the universe, then you've discovered what I call the "retreating god" dilemma. Every time we learn something new, the discussion changes. And now it's physics. Well, whatever.
My first exposure to Physics was in my junior year of high school. I never thought it'd be relevant to my career in the future, so I skimmed by with B's and C's. I wasn't the only one; in general, the entire class seemed indifferent to Physics. If only I or my instructor knew that the key to getting adolescents interested in Physics is religion, then maybe I would have invested more interest in the subject.
Anyway, in the interest of making this a discussion instead of a rant, have any of you had this experience before? Better yet, have any of you ever felt that a christian could convert you with a Physics related subject like the Big Bang? I ask because I've met christians who claim to have been atheist who became christians once they "learned" about physics.
I did the bare minimum. I got my papers stating I was going to the Coastal Artillery fort and was extatic that I would sit inside a nice warm fort shooting big cannons out over the ocean.. Then I found out I was in the smalles branch within the smalles branch of the military being a coastal infantryman (comparable to marine infantry). Absolutely no 007 about it, just a lowly quartermaster after ended service.
We were so chronically underfunded that once we debanded (off machine gun bullet bands) 200k bullets all evenings for one week and rebanded 100k of them the next week because the machinegunners were running out of banded bullets.
Only real fun was being markers (enemies) in a ~20 nation Partnership for Peace excercise to train for Kosovo similar missions.
As an experience it was quite remarkable, though I would not have repeated it if I could avoid it.