2:11 PM Skyshock
After a while of debating or arguing with creationists its inevitable to start hearing the same old tired arguments, and the same old tired questions, the only thing they prove is ignorance towards the opposition's set of beliefs or arguments. I'm writing up this small list of 10 questions i hear the most, they are in no particular order, they are all equally annoying.
Atheism is just like religion, don't you guys worship Darwin (or science)?
No, atheism is not an organized group of people that promotes false hope, asks for money, doesn't pay taxes, advertises door to door, pushes their beliefs into others, wears funny clothes and hats, kills in the name of god or flies planes into buildings thinking they'll get virgins after they die.
But you just have to believe in something, right?
Yes, i believe in reality, in evidence, in everything around us that can be analyzed, believing is not the same as worshiping, if by "believe in something" you mean believing in something completely made up, then no, i don't believe in "something".
What if you are wrong?
Even though i discourage anyone from answering questions with quotes, this questions is just begging for a quote from Richard Dawkins...
"Well, what if I'm wrong, I mean... anybody could be wrong. We could all be wrong about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Pink Unicorn and the flying teapot. Uhm, you happen to have been brought up, I would presume, in the Christian faith. You know what it's like to not believe in a particular faith because you're not a Muslim. You're not a Hindu. Why aren't you a Hindu? Because you happen to have been brought up in America, not in India. If you had of been brought up in India, you'd be a Hindu. If you had been brought up in... in uh.. Denmark in the time of the Vikings you'd be believing in Wotan and Thor. If you were brought up in classical Greece you'd be believing in, in Zeus. If you were brought up in central Africa you'd be believing in the great Juju up the mountain. There's no particular reason to pick on the Judeo-Christian god, in which by the sheerest accident you happen to have been brought up and, and ask me the question, "What if I'm wrong?" What if you're wrong about the great Juju at the bottom of the sea?"
If we come from chimps, why aren't chimps having baby humans today?
Because contrary to popular belief, we don't come from chimps, we share a common ancestor with them, that's why we are cousins and not sons, we don't come from the same father, we didn't pop out of a chimp, our species evolved in two different branches out of a common ancestor, they went to the left and we went to the right on the genetic road, this is confirmed not only by fossils but also by DNA, denying this fact is the same as covering your eyes and ears and yelling "la la la".
If science doesn't believe in god, why is our calendar based around christ's life?
Because scientists didn't develop our calendar, it was made in the 1500's by the catholic church, introduced to the world by pope Gregory XIII, that's why it's called Gregorian Calendar, it was based around the Dark Age belief of the incarnation of Jesus. Jesus's last name may i add, is not Christ, Mary and Joseph weren't known as The Christs, Christ is the English word for Khristós, greek word for Messiah.
Why does science use proven inaccurate dating methods, like carbon dating?
Carbon Dating isn't the preferred dating method, it only works on specific materials, there are actually many Radiometric dating methods like radiocarbon, neon, uranium or potassium dating that measures the decay of radioactivity on materials and they all show the age of the earth to be around 4.5 billion years.
Science can't explain everything, so why do you trust it?
Science can't explain everything, they don't sit around on a throne all day claiming to be the masters of all knowledge, they work every day, they continuously investigate everything they don't know and put to test whatever they already know, science isn't a religion, science works and 99% of whatever you have inside your house proves it. You don't have to be an atheist to trust science, you just have to be well educated and informed.
If you don't believe in god, where do you get your morals from?
Morality doesn't come from the bible, where did people get their morals from before it?, where did the Aztecs get their morals?, where did the Greeks, Chinese, Japanese get their morals?, where do piranhas get their morals?, why don't they eat each other?, where do ants get their morals?. Morality comes from social evolution, if it came from the bible, every criminal out there would be an atheist, prisons would be crawling with non believers, yet, they aren't.
So you believe life started by lightning striking a puddle of mud?
No Mr. Ben Stein, i don't, and you wouldn't even think of that question if you would only study and do some research about it instead of filming bad, biased documentaries that only promote your ignorance, no scientist and no atheist believes that's how life started, life began in the smallest microscopic form and it evolved from there over the next 4.5 billion years, it didn't begin with man from a mote of dust and women from a rib.
If the big bang was the beginning, then what caused it?
We don't know yet, but we will, if someone discovers how the universe began, it'll be science, that's guaranteed, we probably won't live to see it, but it'll most likely happen in a couple of hundred years, and please, use that question and apply it to your own belief, what created god?, what gave him his powers?, why did he create the universe, was he lonely?, why the need for adoration?, what is he made of?.
That's just a short list of questions that i have to answer a lot, maybe with this i can simply redirect people to this article and save me some time of typing the same answers to the same questions over and over again.