When asked why I don't believe in a god, the best explanation I've been able to come up with is to point out how we are constantly learning how the universe works and none of the discoveries of the last century has been that there is a supernatural being waving a magic wand. I explain that since the bible was written all those years ago, man has discovered that disease is caused by germs and bacteria, not demons or an angry god (2 Chronicles) as the bible claims. Scientists have discovered that the Earth is spherical not flat as the bible claims (Isaiah). We now know bats are mammals not birds as the bible claims (Leviticus). Scientists now know that the universe does not revolve around the earth as described in the bible.

We know all this because scientists formed theories and then performed experiments to test those theories. When experiments provide evidence that a theory is correct it strengthens the theory. When evidence proves that a theory is wrong, then the theory must be adjusted or discarded. That's the scientific method. Science is testable, repeatable and can be independently verified. When a scientific theory is disproved, scientists don't make excuses, they don't have 'apologists,' they go back to the drawing board, they examine the evidence and develop new theories.

Science is always discovering more about how our universe developed. Because we know the speed of light, we can actually 'see into the past' when looking into space over great distances. I am constantly awed by what scientists have discovered and are continuing to learn about the universe we live in. To me, saying 'God did it' is a cop out. It's like saying, "I'm not smart enough to understand all this physics stuff, so I'm just going to attribute everything to an all-powerful being."

I realize that many people, even some scientists, feel the need to believe in a god in order to impose meaning on the universe. They want to answer the question, "Why?" I don't necessarily believe there is a 'why' to the universe. It exists. There doesn't need to be a purpose for the existence of the universe, or our galaxy, or our solar system, or our planet, or animals, or humans. I am comfortable just existing. I make my own purpose.

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Comment by Greg on August 10, 2010 at 1:23am
Very well put.
Comment by krissthesexyatheist on August 10, 2010 at 2:36pm
I'm into "existing" also. It's what all the col kids do.

Kriss
Comment by James on August 10, 2010 at 9:52pm
Very well put, indeed. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Allen J. Thoma on August 11, 2010 at 10:17am
"I'm not smart enough to understand all this physics stuff, so I'm just going to attribute everything to an all-powerful being." That is the argument that GOD himself makes to Job in the bible. i.e. you're (Job) just to stupid. It is also the argument the the Portal on Star Trek's "City on the Edge of Forever" made to Spock (Spock raised his eyebrows but should have said try me).
Thanks for the post, I've thought the same for a long time, you put this very well.
al
Comment by willailla on August 11, 2010 at 1:19pm
"I'm not smart enough to understand all this physics stuff, so . . ."

It's not possible to know exactly, but approximately 5 billion people belong to one form of religion or other. With that many dummies in the world it is understandable why 1% of the wealthiest control the rest.
Comment by willailla on August 11, 2010 at 8:53pm
Yes, Michel, and they have succeeded.

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