Defeating the Bible--One Chapter at a Time (Genesis Chapter 1)

This is to become a new segment I will be posting on Think Atheist and on Atheist Nexus.
The point of this new series of blog posts would be the weekly defeating of a chapter of the Christian Bible.

That said, let us start; in the beginning. (Pun intended)

In the first chapter of Genesis the creation of the world—in the Christian view—takes six days with one day for relaxation.

“In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." Thus evening came, and morning followed--the first day.”


Christianity, meet the Big Bang
The four major forces in the universe are: Electromagnetic energy, Gravity, and Strong and Weak Nuclear force. The originals; existing in harmony pre-Big Bang. Gravity split and the force of the split was powerful enough to cause the Big Bang. That was the beginning! About 9.2 billion years After the Big Bang, our solar system was created. So, the Christians expect people to believe that the first day was about 9.2 billion years. Um, Sorry Christians that does not make sense.
The description of the Earth, they speak of water and wind. Earth is also a formless wasteland. Formless, no form, so no shape, if you will. So imagine a chunk of water just floating in space; but there is wind. So it’s a chunk of water floating in space with an atmosphere around it. Don’t forget there is no sun. So we have at the end of day one, water with an atmosphere going around the sun. Let’s move on to day two.

“Then God said, "Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other." And so it happened: God made the dome, and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it. God called the dome "the sky." Evening came, and morning followed--the second day.”

There is water, a Dome and then water. Now we have water on top of the dome and water under the dome with an atmosphere going around the sun. The dome is now called the sky. That means if we go up far enough we reach water. This would be impossible the pressure of water pressing down on us would crush us. Water pressure formula is P = a+l*g*h. P = water pressure (hydrostatic) a = atmospheric pressure at water's surface l = water density g = gravitational acceleration. Water pressure times by 0.014 to express pressure in pounds per square inch units. Moving on the third day.

“Then God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear." And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared. God called the dry land "the earth," and the basin of the water he called "the sea." God saw how good it was. Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it." And so it happened: the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. God saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed--the third day.”

Now there is land, land has been created. Now there is land and a sea, then the ‘Sky’, then water, then an atmosphere going around the sun. Very vague on the ‘Earth’: do they mean Ur, the original land mass created 3 billion years ago, or the ‘earth as of now’? Plants and fruits only from seeds, huh? Where, then, do coconuts, bananas, limes, pineapples, navel oranges, etc. come from? Were they magically produced, or are they just figments of our imagination? What of plants that produce through spores or asexually? We forgot fungus. How did fungus get here, Christians? How about Algae? Algae have no seeds. 1.3 billion years ago plants came around. 1.6 billion Years ago algae was first. Did we just skip over point 3 billion years? Let’s just go on to the next day, since you and I need a break . . .

“Then God said: "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth." And so it happened: God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good it was. Evening came, and morning followed--the fourth day.”

Whoa, what the hell just happened? So there is no sun or stars as I assumed earlier? So Earth as first then the rest of the universe caught up with us? The sun is 4.57 billion years old. The moon is 4.5 billion years ago. The Earth is 4.45 billion years old. ‘HE0107-5240’ is the oldest star in existence; how old? Try about 14 billion years old. Created from pure elements left over from the Big Bang. Moving on . . .

“Then God said, "Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky." And so it happened: God created the great sea monsters and all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems, and all kinds of winged birds. God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying, "Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth." Evening came, and morning followed--the fifth day.”

Birds came around 150 million years ago, and life itself began 4 billion years ago. Can you see the problem here? So there is no mention of the Ordovician-Silurian extinction, the Late Devonian extinction, the Permian-Triassic extinction, the Triassic-Jurassic extinction, and the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction? All sea creature and all birds are created at this time. Why are animals extinct then?

“Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds." And so it happened: God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. God saw how good it was. Then God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground." God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying: "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth." God also said: "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food." And so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed--the sixth day.”

So it is, in order now: Water, sky, land, plants, sun, birds and sea creatures, then land mammals, then us. Modern animals come on the scene 114 million years ago. The human race comes around 5 million years ago. Homo sapiens don’t come around until 250,000 years ago. Animal domestication and plant cultivation happened 18,000 years ago. Can we see the problem? Even the dull people can count. Christians, this is wrong, on so many levels. For me to refute the first chapter of Genesis completely, it would take me years. I will leave you Christians with a little quote.

“Stupidity vanishes before Scientific Thought”—Andrew Lafont
Viva Atheism

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Comment by Neil Weightman on January 19, 2010 at 4:48am
"The point of this new series of blog posts would be the weekly defeating of a chapter of the Christian Bible." This is an ambitious project and an interesting start, but I foresee a problem - god botherers will simply deny the evidence and/or say "god can do magic" or "god works in mysterious ways" or some such bollocks.
Comment by Michel-san on January 19, 2010 at 8:41am
Lots of water... so much water. I wonder why it isn't ice before the sun was made. Maybe water didn't form ice when it was frozen back then because ice wasn't 'invented'. I never knew about the dome, It's strange how I've heard no mention of Yuri Gagarin taking a swim suit with him when he pierced the dome to become the first man in space.
Comment by Apple on January 19, 2010 at 11:38am
Christians will simply look at the picture and say something like, "God started the big bang. He exists outside of time and space. The Genesis story is just a metaphore and not to be taken literally."
Comment by Shawn Tagon on February 5, 2010 at 12:22am
I just have a question, why do you speak of theory as fact?
Comment by Neil Weightman on February 5, 2010 at 3:18am
I'm not sure what you're referring to, Shawn (your use of the word "fact" is the first in this discussion), but I imagine you're seeking to cast doubt on some of Andrew's observations by using the traditional "...but that's only a theory!" argument.

If you look at the history of the study of infectious disease transmission, you'll find that there have been many theories over the last few thousand years. The ancient Greeks, for example, believed that illness was caused by an imbalance in the body's "humours", but in the last couple of hundred years this theory - and all the others - have been supplanted by the theory that infectious diseases are caused by the spreading of pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses. This "pathogen theory of infectious disease transmission" is technically "just" a theory and it could be replaced at some stage by another as our understanding improves (that's how science works after all). Scientists don't ever believe they have reached the final understanding of a subject; it is just a matter of continually improving your understanding by creating theories and testing them through experimentation.

So, do you wash your hands before preparing food? Why? If they don't look dirty, why bother? Maybe that mere theory is wrong; maybe diseases are caused by fairies/the devil/unbalanced humours. But no, at some level you know that there is overwhelming evidence for the pathogen theory and you know that you should remove those pathogens from your hands before preparing food - after all, you don't want to spread them to others or reinfect yourself. You treat the pathogen theory as fact.

That's what people do: when a theory provides a good explanation of the world and is supported by vast amounts of data it is treated as fact. That's why we don't continually question the atomic theory of matter, the heliocentric theory of the solar system, the theory of evolution by natural selection or the theories involved in the dating of ancient rocks.
Comment by Graham E. Lau on February 11, 2010 at 4:26am
This should be a fun undertaking. Refuting the bible one chapter at a time will take you sometime, but I'm sure you'll feel more enlightened for it in the long run and we'll enjoy reading your comments. Unfortunately, most christians haven't read anything more than a few select passages from their own bible. I think if more christians read the bible, we would have more agnostics and atheists in the world.
Comment by Neil Weightman on February 11, 2010 at 4:44am
I'm looking forward to the next installment, in which the omnipotent, omniscient god realises that he totally fucked up the first time round, had to wipe out all the humans except Noah's family and start again by breeding from this worryingly small gene pool (presumably magically avoiding the usual problems of inbreeding).
Comment by Graham E. Lau on February 11, 2010 at 4:56am
Ya, that's when things start to get really interesting. Then the jealous, wrathful nature of this god comes out and then we begin see the real cruelty, egotism, and bigotry of the people who wrote the bible.

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