A writer for Charisma News wrote a listicle of reasons he believes in, not just a Christian deity, but the one he specifically gleans from his reading of the Bible. Lists like this come in two forms (scientific “mysteries” and trite emotional manipulation), and this one somehow managed to be both of them, which makes it oddly fascinating to deconstruct.
My mother likes to tell me that “God put me on this earth for a reason,” or liked to. There are a lot of things like that she used to say to me that she tries not to anymore, after my last few sorties into our conversational DMZ. I want it to feel welcome, like a level of acceptance I never expected to get, but that’s not what it feels like. She reflexively reaches to place an affectionate sign of the cross on my forehead at night and instead pulls back, eyes full of pain, and I can tell she doesn’t see the situation at all like I do.
It’s a common refrain, in its numerous forms. “God put you on this earth for a reason.” “You have to find what you’re here to do.” “Seek your destiny.” “God has a purpose for you.” Purpose. Purpose. Purpose.
Intelligent design proponents have an interesting conundrum on their hands.
They have the prima facie plausibility of creatures that are, in many ways, suited to their environments and activities going for them. But they also have the European bee orchid. They have the too-human tendency toward pareidolia and the assumption that everything complicated is also manufactured, but they also have to answer for the Maltese “fungus.”
That’s where a hidden perversity in the reasoning behind intelligent design emerges, and where the irrational nature of the entire beast becomes particularly obvious.
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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