The attacks on theists from atheists are increasing in intensity. A favorite ploy is to question the intelligence of anyone who believes in God. Recently, one blogger following the lead of Dawkins, even accused parents who taught religion to their children of “child abuse.”
Theists are characterized through amazing generalizations as ignorant, superstitious, and deceived. The arrogance and elitist attitudes of these godless jokers knows no bounds.
OK, here is where I stand:
- No one knows how the universe began. You believe in the “Big Bang?” No problem. But what exploded and where did it come from? No one knows for sure. Personally, I believe this was God’s moment and that He had fun doing it.
- No one knows how life began. Guesses range from lightning striking the right combination of chemicals in the primordial soup of early earth to “seeding” by comets or aliens. None of that answers the question. I can’t prove it and you can’t disprove it. Someday, someone may create life in some lab somewhere. I believe God did it first and best.
- God is timeless. He dwells outside of time in eternity. He has an eternity to create and manipulate. We argue about how long it took to bring us to our “now,” and I picture him grinning at our endless speculations.
- The universe is old. Light from some stars takes multiplied millions of years to reach us. You just can’t argue with that.
- The earth is old. Just look around…it’s ancient! To believe that contradicts nothing in the Bible.
- Some kind of evolution is a fact. Genetics (the language of God) and the fossil record prove it. That doesn’t leave God out; it’s just the way He did it. What’s the problem?
- There is design in the universe. That design is either the result of random “corrections” or a designer. I believe the latter – intelligent design – it makes perfect sense to me. You believe what you want.
- Some believe they could do a better job building a human than God did. They have all kinds of suggestions. Neil deGrasse Tyson has a go but he’s not the first and won’t be the last. It is difficult for me to believe that if we can’t build cars that work perfectly and last forever, we could build a perfect, long-lasting human. Furthermore, I think if you’re going to argue that humans are defective you first have to show that perfection was God’s intention.
- Not all religion is the same. To dismiss all religion because of the excesses, superstitions, misconduct, violence and willful ignorance of some is ridiculous. There is a huge difference between a religion that reveres millions of “gods” and sees good and evil spirits in rocks, trees and rivers and one that is monotheistic and rests on a solid, factual foundation. I believe in one Creator who has revealed himself in the cosmos and the written word. You want to ditch them all? OK, but I suggest some solid, unbiased, preliminary investigation first.
- Science is different from religion. Science is concerned with gathering facts and discovering the interaction of those facts by constructing working hypotheses and theories. Religion is concerned with the unity of the created with the Creator. Religion (I can only really speak for mine) and science are not in competition. I like what John Clayton says: “It’s science vs. preachers, not science vs. the Bible.”
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use (Galileo).