Today we received a Christmas gift in the mail from my sister-in-law: What You Aren’t Being Told About Astronomy (Volumes I and II). I assume many of you are familiar with it. If not, you can watch it for free on YouTube.
I’m not going to review it. I watched it, but I hardly paid attention. It was incredibly boring. I’m sure my sister-in-law would be disappointed in my resistance to knowing all the “facts,” but she also probably assumes I am still a Christian. Maybe she hoped it would encourage me and help me to spread the word to my ungodly friends.
I cannot imagine what difference any of this makes. Creationists are excited about guys like Spike Psarris because it makes them feel better to find holes in evolution and scientific theories about where we all came from. Apparently if they can find evidence that we haven’t figured all of this stuff out by now… then the answer is obviously magic.
Listen. We could be wrong about all of it, and god would still be just as irrelevant.
But I’m a broken record. We’ve been down this road again and again. What are Christians not understanding when they share this stuff? Criticism of evolution does nothing to move atheists closer to god. It couldn’t possibly. At best we’re going to be curious about other scientific theories. But god? That story is the hardest of all to swallow. But hey, thanks for reminding us.
To explain, again, here are a few words from one of my posts on the topic:
Atheists start from a point of assuming nothing. There are no default answers. To get to any god conclusion we must first eliminate all other possibilities, some of which we do not yet understand enough to eliminate. If not for theists we would have absolutely no reason to even consider one particular god over any other supernatural unknown (or consider supernatural conclusions at all). For us, believing in god is like pulling a random idea out of thin air and just calling it true in spite of all other possibilities.
Theists start from a point of assuming that their specific god is the reason for everything. There is one default answer from the beginning and all examination of evidence is molded by man to fit into that conclusion. Theists have skipped over the whole process of discovery and have simply applied god everywhere.
I don’t know how to simplify it any more than that. Atheists do not have beliefs that are set in stone. We are not afraid to learn more about our theories, or to even change our minds and move on to better explanations in the future. We are always searching. Is that better than settling on an answer we like and then forcing all the pieces into place for eternity? I think so.
Burden of proof may seem obvious, but hold on a second. I also think we are asking the wrong question. When it comes to life’s biggest mysteries, how can we ask one another to debate who is right and who is wrong? Is proof even something we can talk about? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The real question is: Who has a better method for discovering the truth?
Certainly not Spike.
According to Spike, “Evolutionists reject the Bible because they don’t want to be accountable to a creator.” Really? Is that how it was for you, Mr. Psarris? Congratulations. In one sentence you have made me doubt your previous atheism. If only you could be so convincing with your scientific observations.
I love how important it is for us to know that this man was also previously an engineer in the United States’ military space program. So…. does that mean most engineers in the United States’ military space program are creationists? No? Then who the fuck cares.
And that last sentence pretty much sums up my feelings about What You Aren’t Being Told About Astronomy (Volumes I and II). So I suppose this turned out to be a review of sorts after all…. Now can you imagine what would happen if I sent my sister-in-law’s family an atheist DVD for Christmas?