Submitted by Kevin R Brown on February 18, 2009 – 6:33pm. Atheist vs. Theist
No doubt there’s some important stuff I’ll have missed; feel free to add to the list as you see fit:
God did not create the universe
Our universe was formed via the expansion of a singularity and subsequent formation of structures by hydrogen atoms through gravitational attraction. A magical deity adds nothing to the known explanation.
God did not create the solar system or the Earth
Our sun was formed by the particle clouds left behind from previous stars, and our planet (as well as every other planet in the solar system) formed from an accretion disk surrounding our sun.
God did not create life on Earth
Life on Earth was formed through a chemical evolutionary process known as ‘abiogenesis’ (not to be confused with modern evolutionary science, dealing with the propagation of alleles through a population).
God did not create homo sapiens
Homo sapiens evolved along the primate branch of the genetic tree. We are simply the ‘latest model’ of great apes.
God did not give us ‘souls’ or ‘free will’
Human beings are conscious and self-aware via their brains. An extra, magical source for our intelligence adds nothing to the known explanation.
God has yet to answer a prayer
Under controlled conditions, when a request is made via prayer for something unambiguous, nothing ever happens.
God did not provide us with accurate insight into the mechanics the universe he supposedly was somehow involved in erecting
None of the mythological texts supposedly divined into existence by God reflect reality.
God did not talk to you last night
You can kid yourself and your choir all you like. We both know it didn’t happen.
God did not send his Holy Spirit through you
God did not invent morality
Morality was a trait favored by natural selection, as it encourages population growth & stability.
What the Hell did God do that is apparently so obvious to you? All of the things traditionally attributed to God are mis-attributions; it’s just outright wrong to say that magic was somehow necessary to make the universe, Earth, people, etc. We also both know that you’re being dishonest when you claim that a prayer was magically answered or that God manifested for you.
So: where does God come into it?
“Let me say only this much to the moral issue involved: Suppose Germany had developed two bombs before we had any bombs. And suppose Germany had dropped one bomb, say, on Rochester and the other on Buffalo, and then having run out of bombs she would have lost the war. Can anyone doubt that we would then have defined the dropping of atomic bombs on cities as a war crime, and that we would have sentenced the Germans who were guilty of this crime to death at Nuremberg and hanged them?But, again, don’t misunderstand me. The only conclusion we can draw is that governments acting in a crisis are guided by questions of expediency, and moral considerations are given very little weight, and that America is no different from any other nation in this respect.”
– Leo Szilard