So, I recently told my dad i was an atheist. Overall it went well, he basically just said he was fine with it. But when he asked me why I didn't believe, I explained to him that there was no evidence that god existed. To which he said "The evidence is all around us."

Thoughts? What do you say to this?

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I would respond that an organism evolving that can consume the waste gas of the most prominent form of life on the plant is not evidence that there is a god. You would have to believe that they came to exist at the same time. That's not 4th dimensional thinking. It doesn't take the immense amount of time between the appearance of trees and the appearance of mammals into account.

This lack of account for time was troubling me while watching the History channel this week. They were asking the question of how the Egyptions got light into the pyramids to carve the walls since there was no evidence of soot from torches. They were theorizing about copper mirrors to reflect the light down the halls etc. Instant facepalm. It seems clear as day, so to speak. If the hallways were exposed to sunlight WHILE the carving of hieroglyphs was going on, then the tunnel was completed over top of it AFTER they were done, you have no need for any external light sources. This show was acting as if the pyramids just sprang into existence one day all complete and someone had to go into the halls and start carving hieroglyphs! This is the same thinking that leads to the argument that your father made. It ignores the passage of time and sequence of events that could easily lead to the present day reality.
You might then also ask what the proper levels of oxygen are. There was a time in history when insects were scary big. This was because of the much, much higher levels of oxygen in the atmosphere and the warmer temperatures at the time.
So I take it that lightning is still evidence of Zeus? Or Thor?
No, you blasphemous heathen, HAMMERS are evidence of Thor!!!
Every time someone says that reply i can't help but think about this video.




Magnets, how do they work?
Are you serious?
I like Douglas Adams' sentient puddle as a great example of why our being suited to our environment is not evidence of God.

". . . imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, `This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for."
OMG!! That's the exact same pathetic excuse my brother used on me!
This is a logical fallacy... and this link will provide a good answer to this.

I'm not sure exactly which one of these this is but it is probably one in this link:
http://www.freethoughtpedia.org/wiki/Top_ten_arguments_for_the_exis...
Behold! The atheist's nightmare! Now if we take a simple bananna...
The evidence is all around us, and he left it at that? I hate how religious people do that, they'll say evidence is everywhere: in the wind, in the trees, in the sunrise, in love. What does that even mean? How is that evidence?

Because something is beautiful and infinitely complex and experiences love doesn't imply a higher power at all. It's a misinterpretation by religious people of the word 'evidence'. 'Evidence' to me (being a scientist) means something that cannot be interpreted differently by people. It's something that's definite and descriptive and everyone agrees upon what it means. That's evidence, not the blurry, wishy-washy, take it any way you want, religious description of the word.
Intellectually honest people re-evaluate evidence and adjust their beliefs accordingly.
Why is anything around us evidence of god. If anything, its evidence of evolution.

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