I think it's time to call religious beliefs what they are; theories. Just as Christians continually harp on the fact that evolution is "just a theory", without any real understanding of the term, I think we should start referring to their beliefs as simply a theory. Yes, I know that religious beliefs are not even close to a scientific theory; they are more like a simple hypothesis at this time, but let's just use the term in the way that the theists insist on using it.

Please not that this term applies to all religions. We have the theory of Islam, the theory of Mormon, the theory of Hinduism, etc. Let's start with the theory of Christianity though.

Theories are theories until there is proof to believe otherwise, and Christians seem to believe that if ANY part of the theory can be proven false, then the entire theory is false. We can use that guideline as well (even though it is a false assumption).

So what is the theory of Christianity. Simply stated, it would be that the theory explains the existence of the universe, the creation of life, and man's place in the universe; before and after death. That's quite a lot; much more than the theory of evolution proclaims. This theory of Christianity has some base premises that it proclaims as true. These include:

  • The Bible is a book inspired by god and contains truths that god wanted us to know.

That's basically it. All the other premises come directly from the Bible itself, such as:

  • god exists and created everything in the universe
  • god is omniscient, omnipotent, and all-good
  • god loves us humans and even created us in his image (god is a man you know)
  • Hell exists. satan exists. good and evil exist.
  • If we humans do not revere god over everything else and follow his rules (found in the bible) we will be sent to hell for eternity after we die.
  • god hates fags (their words, not mine)
  • etc. etc. etc.

There is a long long list of these premises. If we can prove ANY of these as false, then the theory of Christianity is also false and must be thrown out, lock, stock, and barrel, and replaced with the ONLY other possible option, which is that god doesn't exist. That puts the theory of Christianity on very shaky ground now doesn't it.

I wonder what others think about this. Let me know.

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Comment by David Smith on January 4, 2014 at 3:06pm

Yup, a very simple argument they have there. reminds me of a song-


"I know its a good book because the good book says it's good"

Comment by Ward Cressin on January 4, 2014 at 3:16pm

I'd rather refer to a religion as a "hypothesis" and point out that to get to a theory you need supporting facts so it'll always be just a hypothesis.

But I do like the general idea.

Comment by David Smith on January 4, 2014 at 3:49pm

yea, and not a very good one at that.  I consider the argument won when they resort to 'well that's why they call it faith'.  At that point you can think quietly to yourself 'well that's why I call you a dumb ass' and end the conversation politely.

Comment by _Robert_ on January 4, 2014 at 4:47pm


I would start with prayer. If two equally faithful football teams pray to win a particular match, well so much for the following verse, and many others like it.

Mark 11:24  (Words of Jesus in red)

24 So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (NRSV)

Of course an apologetic would say the losers actually win in other ways, such as learning humility, etc. at which point I would re-read the verse because it is very specific.

Comment by James Cox on January 4, 2014 at 11:22pm

One should not forget that it is also about:

What sex is for.

What Men and women are for.

What the left and right hands are for.

What the human mind is for.

What the Earth is for.

What human knowledge comes from.

Who/what determines what is moral.

What one should eat.

Who should be slaves.


Comment by Logicallunatic on January 5, 2014 at 2:58am

No. To call a religion a theory would be like putting a silk suit on a pig. 

Comment by James Cox on January 5, 2014 at 12:58pm

Sadly, I have seen metaphors worn out trying to do this....;p)

Comment by David Smith on January 5, 2014 at 1:12pm

@ RobertPiano 

"So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

Sounds very like a rule in the 'law of attraction the secret' -

"Feel the emotion. Act as if. Act as if you already possess the things pictured on your vision board—the house, the car, or your business. Say, “this” is already mine. State your goals in the present tense like you have already achieved them."

For anyone that doesn't know the 'law of attraction the secret' is what happens when self help and religion have an illegitimate love child.  A lot of good Ideas on positive thinking mixed with a lot of 'sending positive vibrations out to the universe' non sense.


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