Why I Think there is No God
The Christian view of the universe is pretty much the same as a caveman’s. God decides the when and where of earthquakes, thunderstorms, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, lightning, storms, rain etc. His primary activity is to punish people for violating his laws. He has very little interest in species other than humans. They are toys he gave to humans. God is like an artist. He crafted the originals of each species and they took it from there, always breeding true, not evolving. The bible is inerrant and without contradiction. It was written by a god. Therefore, the quality is superhuman.
Science says the universe is indifferent to us. It runs by consistent relatively simple mathematical rules. Animals and plants evolved to their present state by an imperceptibly slow drift in how offspring differ from their parents, selected by the environment to kill off the worst adapted and give the best adapted a tiny edge in reproducing.
If there were a god, what would I expect to see? I would expect lightning and other natural disasters to primarily strike the wicked. I don’t see this. I would expect natural phenomenon, such as the tides, to be capricious, since they are controlled by a volatile intelligence mind. I don’t see this. In fact nobody has ever seen a natural law violated. The universe runs itself, without any sign of divine tinkering. I would expect prayers to be answered, perhaps not every one, but at least far more than chance. I don’t see this.
I would expect the clarity and writing quality of the bible to be dazzling, far better than Shakespear. I don’t see this. I would expect no contradictions in the bible. I don’t see this; I see thousands. There is a whole industry of apologetics to try to explain them away. I would expect no historical or scientific errors. I don’t see this. Just in my own reading, I found hundreds of errors. I would expect the author of the bible to be clearly also the author of the universe, not some petty, vicious local god. I encountered a despicable buffoon, clearly incapable of creating the universe.
I would expect each animal to have a body plan perfectly suited to its environment. Instead, I see good-enough kludges most of the time, based on some previous animal. I would expect no patterns uniting all animals, other than an artist’s blue period. I would expect to see all animals at all depths in the fossil bed equally distributed. Instead I see a gradual evolutionary pattern both in the fossil beds, and in the DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) family true. If a god did this, he faked it perfectly to look evolved. I have seen HIV (Human Imumuno-deficiency Virus) viruses evolving immunity to drug after drug in my own body, so I know viruses evolve. I have seen the DNA sequencing tracing the changes. I have read scientific texts about how evolution, including speciation, is routinely observed in the lab and in the wild.
When I look, what I see far better fits science’s description of how the universe works than Christianity’s. So it seems to me there is almost no chance the Christians are right.~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)
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|Books about Religion||Books about religion, atheism and evolution. 2014-07-29|
|Why I Am Not A Christian||Bertrand Russell’s classic 1927 essay on why he is not a Christian. 2014-07-26|
|Evidence||Evidence for God. A short sci-fi story. 2014-07-26|
|Deprogramming||Ethical ways to free Christians of their delusions. 2014-07-26|
|Intelligent Design||Evolutionary theory does include Intelligent Design, just not the way Creationists imagine. 2014-07-26|
|Did a God Write the Bible?||Why it is highly unlikely a god wrote the bible. 2014-07-26|
|Separation of Church and State||The necessity of preserving the separation of church and state. 2014-07-31|
|Combating Kristianity||Why I believe it is necessary to combat Kristianity, non-violently of course, by exposing its lies, wishful thinking and tall tales to the light of truth. 2014-07-31|
|Noah||Why it is unlikely that God wrote the entire Bible. A list of Biblical oopsies (inconsistencies). Why the story of Noah is a tall tale in the same league with the tales of Paul Bunyan. 2014-07-26|
|A Bible Study Guide||The parts of the Bible the churches don’t want you to notice. 2014-07-26|
|King James Bible||The complete text of the King James Bible in HTML format. 2014-07-26|
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|The Real God||The nature of the real God. 2014-07-26|
|Godless Quotations||Short Tweetable quotations about religion and atheism. 2014-07-26|
|Quotations about Religion||Quotations about religion, especially Christianity, from both atheists and believers. 2014-07-31|
|Quotations about evolution||Quotations about evolution vs. creationism 2014-07-30|
|Quotations from Christians||Quotations from obnoxious Christians, usually in favour of bigotry or ignorance. 2014-07-31|
|Unjustified Certainty||The problem of unjustified certainty, especially religious fanaticism. 2014-07-27|
|Church Tax Subsidies||Why I think we should phase out church property tax subsidies. 2014-07-26|
|Was Jesus Gay?||Was Jesus a homosexual? Decide for yourself on the validity of the biblical evidence. 2014-07-26|
|Tennessee Law Book||If the Religious Right gained power, how the laws of Tennessee would be worded. 2014-07-26|
|The New Ten Commandments||The existing set of commandments focus on trivia and miss the major sins. I have reformulated them to bring them up to date. 2014-07-26|
|life after death||various beliefs about what happens after you die. 2014-07-26|
|CCism||A new religion based on Cosmic Consciousness. 2014-07-26|
|fatalism||religious and secular fatalistic philosophies. 2014-07-26|
|Rational Morality||An alternative to morality based on religious myth. 2014-07-29|
|Are We Alone?||Are we alone in the universe? Is there life in other parts of the universe? 2014-07-26|
|Christian Apology||The apology I would like to hear the pope to read on behalf of all Christians for the harm they have done to our planet with their nutty beliefs. 2014-07-26|
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|Feedback||Read feedback from readers of the religion section. If you don’t want your message and my reply publicly posted, please let me know. 2014-07-26|
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Religion : noun, a phobia of an elderly, white-bearded, invisible man who likes to hide in clouds, spy on teenagers masturbating and torture people.
~ Roedy (born: 1948-02-04 age: 66)
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