Why God as an Answer Makes You Definitively Wrong: More on the Arrogance of Christianity
Let me start by clarifying that I live in America, a predominately Christian nation, so I tend to focus on Christianity rather than Islam or Judaism or some other religion. However, this does indeed apply to all Abrahamic religions, but for the purposes of this article, I will be addressing Christians as they are the biggest threat to progress in this country.
What do I mean when I say that god as an answer makes you definitively wrong? Well, I think any atheist, or even any theist, for that matter, will not argue with the fact that human knowledge can only go so far. After that...we don't know. Or, at least, that is what an honest, rational person will say. A Christian, on the other hand, will say, "God did it." Not very honest if you ask me. This logic basically implies that anything we have not figured out to date is the work of god, but history, even as late as that of the twentieth century, has proven that things that in the past were attributed to god have indeed been "figured out" rationally and within the laws of nature. So, how does "god" as an answer today prove that you are right about anything? It doesn't.
"I Don't Know" is a Much More Honest Answer
Even if you want to believe what you believe with all your heart, you really can't know. A rational person will not have a problem admitting this. Any scientist can easily say, "I don't know," when asked what lies at the center of a black hole, for example. We just don't know. But I bet a Christian will know. It is fascinating that Christians, who want to portray themselves as humble servants of god, will be so quick to claim that science can't explain everything, so that automatically makes them right. God has to be the obvious answer and scientists are just too stupid to figure that out. Well, what an enlightening concept. And to think I've been wasting my time wanting proof all these years. I could have just bypassed all that and settled for god.
Yes, being satisfied with god as an answer is settling. You are selling yourself short. You are in essence saying you are either too stupid or too lazy to search any further for a rational answer--god is a good enough answer. Oh, I know most Christians won't see it that way. They will claim there is a virtue in being quick to accept god as an answer. That is what their god would want from them. They are displaying pride in their religion and loyalty to their creator by jumping to the god answer first, and not wasting any time "searching" for what they already know to be false. Christians just keep exuding arrogance at every turn.
"God of the Gaps"
If god is the answer to the things we do not have an answer for today, what happens tomorrow when we do have an answer? It would seem that god's reach has gotten shorter and shorter throughout the centuries. If this pattern continues there will be little, if anything, left that god could possibly serve as an answer to. Isn't it about time that you all just grew up and left behind myths and fairy tales of gods? If trial and error has taught us anything throughout history, it's that we will find a way. The obstacles that existed five hundred years ago in the progress of science, mainly religion, only slowed down scientific inquiry and findings, but humanity got there eventually. The most important thing one can learn from this is that "settling" for god as an answer will only delay our inevitable progress. When we look back as an intelligent race on a period in history where the light of science was snuffed because of religious ideals and beliefs, we regard that impediment with disdain, not respect or pride in a foolish people that clung to primitive myths and false answers. You are only doing yourself a grave injustice, Christians.
I think Neil deGrasse Tyson best articulates this sentiment. The video below is of a lecture he did based on an article he wrote that was published in Natural History in November, 2005. You can find that article here, or you can sit back and enjoy his thirty minute lecture, which makes a bigger impact, I think.
Once Again, Your Dishonesty Drags You Down, Christians
I have written several articles on religious dishonesty. It seems to be a trend within Christianity, but Christians are quick to come to their defense, of course. They aren't being dishonest when they say they know for a fact that god did it, they absolutely know this! And what of the proof? Psha...a minor detail. So minor, let us not even talk about it. Just believe them, god did it. They know this because they can feel it in their heart.
Hmm...I don't think so. Call me crazy, but I don't believe you. I think I will look at the proof my self and make my own decision. Oh, you have no proof, right. Then this is where the discussion ends, my Christian friends. You have no evidence to back up your claims. While you can spend a lifetime bickering amongst yourselves about this, the rational people in the world would like to continue making discoveries, if you don't mind. You know, those things you use to do your homework with, or to talk to people with, or that medicine you use when you get sick, or that thing you drive around--yeah, those things, that, had we just "believed" you when scientists were in labs discovering all these wonderful things, you wouldn't have them now. Oh, but I'm sure you still use them. I mean, you couldn't read this article unless you were on a computer or smartphone right now. Add hypocrisy to the arrogance.
The fact is, god is only an answer when there is no known answer, but when that is no longer the case, Christians decide it just isn't that big of a deal now--or they deny that science and hard work had anything to do with it. After all, god created everything so he in essence created all the knowledge necessary to make discoveries, right? Your logic fails once again, Christians. It is circular and it is dishonest.
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- The Arrogance of Christianity
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