What does an atheist believe about how the earth and how it was created? Do you believe in the big bang theory? If not could you explain your theory, and how we came to be?

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Comment by Mr. Anderson on March 29, 2011 at 4:10am

@Dara - According to your comments on this picture, you are a theist, this one in particular:

I go to school and study anthropology and the only scripts i follow is the Bible. And Jesus ''Magically'' makes more sense then all of this. Only if u read will you understand? It's reliable history NOT a Myth!?

I'd say that's as clear a statement as possible that you are a theist. That comment, with your opening sentence above, is a real contradiction to me.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 29, 2011 at 4:29am
@Dara So you say you went to college.  I'm interested, considering your wonder at our solar system, if you graduated?
Comment by Allen Gilbert on March 29, 2011 at 5:30am

Dara, the Earth is perfect for us because we adapted to live on it. The best example I've heard is a puddle of water. If it could think, it would probably think that the hole it was in was designed especially for it, since it fits so perfect into it. But that's fallacious. The water, just like us, filled in the niches in its environment.

 

The atmosphere of the Earth is about 80% nitrogen, and nearly 20% oxygen (note that I said "about" and "nearly," the other 2% or so are other gases, such as CO2, methane, ozone, etc.). It's true if we lived in other concentrations we would have problems, but that's not because the atmosphere was finely tuned to our biology. Our biology adapted to specifically use what was there.

 

You can see this all throughout the animal kingdom. Animals, and other forms of life, have all adapted to fill niches. There's a type of parasite that eats away at a certain fish's tongue, and becomes its new tongue. This is beneficial to the parasite since it gets free food (not just the tongue, but what the fish eats), and the fish doesn't really notice or care. Darwin's finches are another such example.

 

I hope you take this into consideration when marveling at life on Earth, to know that life can adapt to just about anything that is presented.

 

I won't get in on the discussion about the definition of theory, since it's already been done to death. But I agree with those who are saying that a scientific theory actually holds merit, and that evolution or the Big Bang Theory isn't "just a theory."

Comment by Mr. Anderson on March 29, 2011 at 5:54am
@Dara - You say you're not a theist but said "Everything in our galazy is made by Gods glory". Either I'm confused or you're confused...
Comment by Dara on March 29, 2011 at 5:55am
@ Heather Spoonheim you want to know my wonder of the solar system? What about our other planets or stars or black holes? what would you like to know?
Everything in our galaxy is made by Gods glory. By the way i did not graduate college
@ Mr. Anderson
I am not a theist i would know it if i was. i had told jonel burge because she says i follow scripts which i told her the only scripts i follow are the bible. If i follow the bible what do i believe? and Jesus magically which i had quotation '' marked made sense to me then other nonsense because of the history of it, because of how it explains itself. Hard to read but makes sense.
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on March 29, 2011 at 5:58am
@Dara - What about the other planets?  Just because you don't have any grasp of physics or cosmology doesn't mean that it can be explained by fairy tales.  How do you know Anu didn't create the universe?  He's actually the first God that was ever proclaimed to have done so.  The Judaen Yahweh was said to have created a system in which outer-space (the waters above) was held up there by the sky (the firmament) which was placed like an upside-down bowl over the oceans/land (waters below and dry land) .  Do you actually believe that?
Comment by Dara on March 29, 2011 at 6:03am
@ Mr Anderson whats that hard to believe just like Adam and Eve. Why did he create them for? Uhmm Because he wanted to? no confusion about that it's wonders of God that we ask ourselves Why did he do this why did he do that? he does things cause he wants to. Goes to show you if he created this planet and others how much more can he do? How is that theist?
Comment by Mr. Anderson on March 29, 2011 at 6:11am
@Dara - So you do believe in God and that God created the universe etc? Do you know what theist means?
Comment by Loop Johnny on March 29, 2011 at 8:07am

@Dara

How ridiculous must something be about Jesus and God so that you won't believe it. Give me an example to see where you can stop.

Comment by Kenneth Montville D.D. on March 29, 2011 at 8:57am

Alejandro, you are correct. Going to her profile shows that her religious status is Christian.Not that we should lambaste her for such. We should always be accepting of people who come here with at least civil if not honest intentions to engage in discussion.

 

Dara, yes, I would say that a majority of atheists accept the current scientific model of cosmogenesis which is colloquially known as the big bang theory. In mapping the history of the universe we know that it is very likely and can trace the timeline of the universe to about a few millionths of a second after the bang. A friend of mine (a theoretical physicist who used to teach at UPenn) tried to explain the whole thing to me once but it seems that the mathematical language needed to unify the various theories about those early millionths of a second simply doesn't yet exist. I can't really get into it further than that because, as someone who was a humanities/social science student in university, I would not do it justice in my explanation.

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