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  • The arguments for biblical Creationism are like the lyrics to familiar television jingles.

  • Sure, Intelligent Design doesn't make a lot of sense. But everybody knows the words, and

  • sometimes it's fun to sing along. So...The Thinking Atheist presents...Our Top

  • Ten Favorite Creationist Arguments 1) Carbon Dating Isn’t Accurate To Determine

  • the Age of the Earth. Perhaps that’s why carbon dating isn't the preferred method for

  • dating rocks and fossils over 50,000 years old. There are a great many methods of radiometric

  • dating that accurately measure the decay of radioactive elements in rocks, meteorites

  • and fossils, and that’s why science can confidently estimate the age of planet earth

  • at 4.5 billion years.

  • 2) You can't prove Evolution. As opposed to proving a Youth Earth theory from primitive,

  • anonymous texts? Actually...man has unlocked the world of genetics to reveal that all living

  • things have and do evolve, and that similarities exist between the DNA of plants, animals and

  • humans alike. Evolution is observable, provable science. To quote the famous evolutionary

  • biologist Stephen J. Gould "Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested,

  • and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all. This claim is rhetorical

  • nonsense.” - 3) If man evolved from monkeys, why do we

  • still have monkeys? This is like asking, if America was colonized by the English, why

  • do we still have England? The "branching" phenomenon in speciation doesn't make the

  • original branch disappear. Next question, please.

  • 4) The human eye is too complex to have evolved. This argument is also known as, "Irreducible

  • Complexity." This gross over-simplification ignores creatures like the single-celled Euglena

  • (you-GLEEN_uh)...which have evolved antennae for light. Mollusks and jellyfish have evolved

  • varying grades of vision. Plus...consider this: The human eye is more poorly constructed

  • and much less acute than the eye of the octopus or the great horned owl. The human eye has

  • blind spots in the visual field. The human retina is inverted, requiring the brain to

  • "flip" the image to appear right-side-up. Did God care more about the design of the

  • horned owl than his own children? Complexity does not demand a designer.

  • 5) Atheism is actually a religion. Indeed. Much like "not collecting stamps" might be

  • called a hobby. Ornot smokingmight be called a habit.

  • 6) Oh yeah? Well "Scientist-X" believes in God. That's nice. So did icons like Copernicus,

  • Kepler and Galileo, who also lived in the time of dirt floors, bleeding sick people

  • to cure them, and burning witches at the stake. Sir Isaac Newton was a believer and theologian.

  • He was also an alchemist. Did Newton's groundbreaking research on gravity and the Laws of Motion

  • also prove his belief that metals had magical powers and could be combined to make gold?

  • Cherry-pick all you want. The fact is, 93% of the members of the National Academy of

  • Sciences reject the concept of God . That's not just a majority. It's an overwhelming

  • majority. In fact, this is just a sampling of the reputable scientific organizations

  • that reject Intelligent Design and support Evolution by Natural Selection.

  • 7) You're saying that everything happened by "chance?" No. Chance certainly plays a

  • part in the evolutionary cycle, but Natural Selection promotes non-random change of specific

  • desirable traits over time. Living organisms didn't just pop into existence by "chance."

  • But they did evolve over millions, sometimes billions, of years.

  • 8) America is a Christian nation. Actually, the U.S. Constitution never mentions God.

  • And the mentions of religion in Article 6 and the First Amendment serve to separate

  • religion from government altogether. “In God We Trustwasn’t printed on American

  • coins until 1863, after a religious surge during the Civil War. American paper money

  • didn’t have it until 1957. The wordsunder Godweren’t even in the original Pledge

  • of Allegiance. They were added by Congress in 1954. And many of our founding fathers

  • never proclaimed any allegiance or belief in the Christian Godincluding Thomas Jefferson,

  • Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, John Adams, Thomas Paine, and even George Washington.

  • 9) The 2nd Law Of Thermodynamics! We love this argument, because almost everyone who

  • uses it has no idea what they're talking about. In a nutshell, The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

  • says that systems must become more disordered over time, so complex living cells and organisms

  • couldn't have come out of basic inanimate chemicals. In other words, more time means

  • more chaos. What Creationists fail to mention is that this "law" only works in a closed

  • system, where no energy or matter leaves or enters. The earth is not a closed system.

  • It receives heat and light from our sun's nuclear fusion, fueling simple organisms so

  • that they can become more complex by consuming other forms of life and nonliving materials.

  • Here's an easy way to frustrate this argument. When a Christian brings up with 2nd Law of

  • Thermodynamics, ask him what the other "laws" are. When he shrugs and stares into space,

  • youll know how truly informed he is on the subject.

  • 10) And finally...Our favorite. Adolf Hitler was an atheist. Actually...Hitler was raised

  • Roman Catholic. In "Mein Kampf," Hitler speaks of the "creator of the universe" and says

  • the Aryan race was created by God. His religious views (or lack of them) remain in dispute,

  • but using the name of history's greatest tyrant isn't an argument. It's a provocation that

  • has NOTHING to do with the concept of Evolution or Creation. Invoking Hitler is a "hot button"

  • designed to distract people from the true argument...the overwhelming evidence of Evolution

  • By Natural Selection. There they are. Our Top Ten Favorite Creationists

  • Arguments. Next time you come up against one of these,

  • just remember that your worldview is based on evidence. Their worldview includes an invisible

  • divine "Daddy", 2 naked people and a talking snake, contradictory documents written in

  • the Bronze Age, the wearing of torture devices around one's neck, and bumper stickers that

  • say "Seven Days Without Prayer Makes One Weak." For the record...we're not sure the Creationist

  • argument could be much weaker. We're just sayin'.

The arguments for biblical Creationism are like the lyrics to familiar television jingles.

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