There’s nothing quite like a set of loaded questions from a believer to illuminate what being an atheist really means. For all the increased and increasing visibility that celebrity nonbelievers like Daniel Radcliffe and Jodi Foster are getting us, and for all that atheist thinkers like Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett have rendered an exemplary case for non-belief as a philosophical position, we continue to suffer from a litany of stereotypes. (Often, our most visible proponents do little to disprove them…)
A LOT of Internet real estate is devoted to Christian zealots of various flavors claiming to have some sort of checkmate-level rebuttal to the steady increase of nonbelievers in the developed world. One example in particular caught my attention. I’m not sure where this list originated (I found it here), but its “cleverness” is, shall we say, overestimated.
Dear Christians,Here are some clever questions I have thought up for you to ask an atheist. If you are on an atheist online chat, you can copy and paste these questions to ask them, or you can confront an atheist in public and ask the questions. Just watch how they can never answer these questions:Can you explain what happens when we die?If we came from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys living today?Is it okay to commit murders, rape, homosexuality, going to stripbars, looking at pornography, and other forms of rebellion if you think there is no God to guide you?How can you explain the way a banana fits in the palm of the hand?If Fox News is a dishonest channel, then why are the reporters such as Bill O’Reilly true Christians?Did you know that there are biblical records of dinosaurs that were witnessed by men?How did pond scum turn into us?How did the eye form?How did the Grand Canyon form?If you call yourself an atheist in regards to God, then do you call yourself an atheist in regards to Santa and Bigfoot?How did everything come from nothing?If evolution is true, how come we never see frogs turn into birds?Have you heard of the shroud of Turin?Your’s [sic] in Christ,
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