Same Shit Different Day
I won’t waste too much time on Intelligent Design (ID) because everyone with a working brain knows what the deal is. ID is evangelical Christianity’s lame attempt to get creationism taught in public schools. Period and end of story. You’re a fucking moron if you can’t see it – or a lying sack of shit if you do but refuse to admit it. Not naming the “designer” doesn’t fool anyone, and it makes you look like a desperate jackass.
Faithless panicky Christians have been repackaging their reasons to believe for centuries. After one argument has been thoroughly trashed and discredited another panicky apologist steps up to the plate to put his own unique spin on it in the frantic hopes of keeping it alive.
Eventually a new name gets slapped on an old argument, but know this: it’s the same tired old argument that neither shines new light nor proves a god damn thing. Creationism or Intelligent Design, it’s fundamentally the same nonsense stemming from the same weak and desperate intellect-saving motive. There’s nothing new except perhaps some shiny new foil wrapping to create the allusion of “new and improved” apologetics.
Name one thing, any thing, that is more complex than its designer. You can’t. There is no such thing. Everything we observe does (and must be) traced back to a more complex designer. But Christians want us all to believe that there is one and only one exception to this demonstrable fact, and we all know why. They want infinite regress to have a starting point, and so they claim “first cause.”
If everything must have a cause, then there can be no uncaused thing. So, who or what caused god? And if you can argue that god is eternal, then it may be argued that the universe has always existed in one transitional form or another.
And if everything with a design requires a designer, then who or what designed the designer?
The first cause and designer arguments simply don’t hold up to their own scrutiny. They both require one and only one exception to explain how god is above the logic of the argument. How convenient.
But for the sake of the argument, let’s go along with it for awhile.
Designer Label Gods
There are many different brands of acoustic guitars as well as many different makers of acoustic guitars. The two numbers are not equal because some makers manufacture more than one brand. Many of these makers are well-known, and others aren’t. (There are countless local custom guitar shops around the world that even the most savvy guitar enthusiast has never heard of.) Regardless, there are many different acoustic guitar makers. Therefore, if you see an acoustic guitar, somewhere out there is (or was) its maker. Maybe you’ve heard of them, maybe you haven’t.
Let’s say you come across and unmarked acoustic guitar made from lignum vitae, a rare tropical hardwood. The guitar has no label or other identifying brand marker. Just because you can prove positively that Gibson has never made an acoustic guitar out of lignum vitae (they haven’t) doesn’t mean that the guitar must have been built by Ovation, for example, just because someone told you (or you read) that Ovation does (or did) make guitars out of lignum vitae. Disproving one doesn’t prove another, just by default.
And even if you verified that every known guitar maker on the planet has never manufactured an acoustic guitar out of lignum vitae, you could neither logically nor fairly conclude that god created this unmarked guitar. The only fair and reasonable conclusion is that you just haven’t found its maker yet.
Similarly, even if Christians could successfully disprove evolution, creationism would not stand as the true and correct explanation for how we got here just because it “makes sense” to some and certainly not because “it says so” in the bible. Furthermore, if you buy into the notion of an omniscient and omnipotent being (through which anything and everything is possible), the Hindu creation story makes sense, too. Technically, any creation story “makes sense” if you accept the premise of the bible that proclaims it.
But here’s the thing, and there’s no getting around it. Neither you nor I (like the unknown guitar in the previous example) have any label or marker that absolutely, positively identifies who the maker is. Cars have Vehicle Identification Numbers; we don’t. You and I are just like a guitar made by some guy in his basement in Dearborn, Michigan who never branded his creations with a label. And any silly rationalization that one might conjure up to prove that we are in fact “labeled” could easily be applied to any god, like the Hindu creator god, Brahma. Hey, perhaps we were all created in his image.
A Bible by Any Other Name
The Bhagavad Gita (Hindu bible) has a creation story, just like that of the Judeo-Christian god. EVERY religion has a creation story – and no two are identical. Most, in fact, bear absolutely no similarities at all.
If we were indeed created by a god, either creation story could be the correct one. Maybe they’re both false accounts and perhaps the Buddhist creation story is the correct one. There are many religions with many gods, and each has its own creation story, and disproving one or more of them does not prove another just by default.
If you truly believe that we were created by a supreme being (rather than evolved through and by a process), in the absence of absolute, irrefutable, concrete proof as to how we got here, the only fair and reasonable conclusion is that you just haven’t found our “maker” yet.
Fact: Christians have not one shred of CONCRETE PROOF of the existence of their god.
All Christians have is the intangible word of their bible. That’s all. It’s hearsay in a court of law and it carries little weight or probative value. And while it claims to explain how we got here, well, guess what? Other bibles of other gods have their own explanations too.
Again it’s time for some intellectual honesty. If the written word of the Gita isn’t proof of the existence of the Hindu deities, as every Christian on the planet will declare, then the written word of the Old Testament isn’t proof of the Judeo-Christian god’s existence either. But despite this obvious fact, Christians love to proclaim their god’s existence by default.
See this mentality for exactly what it is. It is borne out of insecurity, lack of true faith, and pure cowardice. It is the fundamental reason why the endeavor of Christian Apologetics exists. These faithless people fear anything that threatens their intellect and all that they perceive as biblical truth, so they fight (and lie) to prove that which can’t be proved.
I’ll conclude by reminding you what faith means. It is belief in that which cannot be known or proved.
So, got faith?