Another day, another religious person who has a video they’ve made asking ten questions that they claim no atheist can answer. None. We’re all stumped by these ten questions. Alright, Christian. You’ve got my attention. Here’s a link to the video in question (pun intended), now let’s get started.
Do you believe science answers everything?
No, I don’t. There are plenty of things that science doesn’t know. The difference is that the science is willing to admit the things it doesn’t know. It is the pursuit of knowledge. And that knowledge has to be tested, because sometimes it is wrong. When was the last time that your religious book was updated?
Why do atheists care if people worship God?
You know, if everyone was civil to one-another, and didn’t try and use their religious beliefs as justification for violence and hate, I wouldn’t. No joke, I would think that you are misguided, but live and let live. The problem is, I know too many people like my girly-mate who was kicked out of her home because she’s gay. It’s a sin and God hates it. That’s why she lost her home at the tender age of 15. So many religious people claim that religion isn’t hurting anyone, but between the violence that Islam inspires, to the hate that conservative believers of the Bible do, you cannot argue that it doesn’t.
Can nothing create something?
How do you know there was nothing? How do you know that the universe hasn’t always existed in one form or another? How do you know that our universe wasn’t birthed into existence because of another universe? Not to mention, since this is the cosmological argument, and the argument is that you needed a God to create the universe, what created your god? Why does that have to come from nothing? Man, these questions aren’t stumping me the way the title of this video suggests.
How do you know God doesn’t exist?
I’m not a nostic atheist. I don’t know for certain. The existence of a God with unknown properties is an unfalsifiable hypothesis. You can’t prove he does exist, just like I can’t prove he doesn’t. However, atheism isn’t a claim on that. It’s a claim that, given what I’ve learned and the lack of evidence of this Christian God out there, I do not believe that he does exist. Christians love to argue that atheists just think – God not real! But in reality, there are some who do, and some who don’t. However, your evidence for the existence of God does not hold up to scrutiny. Especially your god. Like I said, a God whose properties are up the air, I cannot disprove. But your God, who is wrathful, prejudiced, ignorant of the world as if he was created by desert primitives, that part I can disprove.
What is the origin of life?
I don’t know. It’s one of the big questions that science is trying to answer. There is the prevailing theory of abiogenesis, but it hasn’t been proven. Science is the perspective of cosmic humility. It doesn’t say “I have a book of desert fairytales! Therefore I know everything!” It says “that’s an intriguing question. Let’s find an answer.” The thing that a lot of religious people take for granted is that one day, science will be able to create life in a laboratory setting. It will be basic life, sure, but we will be able to create it based on the tools that exist in the real world. No spiritual powers required. On that day, religion is going to be pushed up against a wall because one of the last bastions it has will be gone.
Where does morality come from?
From those in power. People in power give moral systems to those under them. This idea that religious people have of “objective morality” doesn’t exist. The closest we will come to seeing that is with empathy. But some people have more empathy than others, so it’s not a perfect system. But every culture throughout history has had a different sense of morality. Hell, your own book has differing sets of morality from the Old Testament to the New. So yeah, it’s not holy. It’s human.
If you were given evidence of God, would you become a Christian?
Assuming it stands up to scientific scrutiny, I’d believe that God exists. Though, given how many horrible things this all-powerful being sits back and does NOTHING about, I don’t think I’d want to follow him. As Stephen Fry put it, I’d have some words for the guy if we met. Heaven be damned.
Why are there no transitional forms in the present?
Human perspective has this really dumb thing where it doesn’t understand how long it takes for speciation to occur. We live short lives. On the grand scale of the growth of life in the universe, our time has been unfathomably short. Shorten down the growth of life on Earth to a day, and humanity as we know it today wouldn’t have existed until literally one second ago. It takes hundreds of generations for complete speciation to occur. Though, we can see smaller versions of it. Like when a species that can breed together is suddenly separated by a seismic event or something of that nature. Then they evolve in different paths, and when they find each other again, they can’t breed. That is one example
Do you live according to what you believe, or your lack of belief?
I live based on my own sense of integrity that has been informed by years of being alive. It has been informed by my sense of empathy, and my experiences of over 30 years of being alive on this world. It isn’t a belief that guides my life. It’s values I have culminated over my entire life. And yeah, part of that is not believing in God, but that is just a small pieces of a much larger tapestry that is myself. Ya dig?
If God exists, will you not lose your soul when you die?
What? I don’t even get the written question. However, I think the question he speaks out loud is more toward what he is talking about. He basically puts out Pascal’s Wager. The idea that if I die and don’t believe in God, I risk more than the Christian. Well, let me put it to you – what if you religion is wrong? What if you end up in the same Hell as me? What if the real God sees your faith in this fake God and sends you to Hell, but rewards me for not believing in it and welcomes me to Heaven? There are an infinite number of permutations of this thought process where either we both lose, or you lose and I win.
But to put it another way – I would rather not sacrifice my intellect to a belief that makes no fucking sense because I am afraid of a mythical place that doesn’t even make scientific sense. After all, only our bodies can feel pain. That’s where the nerve endings are. Do souls have the ability to feel pain? Since a soul has NEVER been demonstrated to exist, how do you prove that they can feel pain? This whole wager makes no sense on any level, and thus I have never bought into it.
And that’s all the questions that an atheist CANNOT answer. I answered all of them pretty handily. Yay! This guy is another stupid creationist. Wow…
Until next time, a quote,
“I’d say, ‘bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you! How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right. It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God, who creates a world that is so filled with injustice and?’ That’s what I’d say” – Stephen Fry