An Incredibly Biased Straw-man Blog Post Against Atheism Tuesday, May 8, 2007Posted by henry000 in anti-creationism, anti-fundamentalism, anti-ID, atheism, creationism, DaveScot, evolution, faith, fundamentalism, God, intelligent design, rationality, religion, science, straw-man, Uncommon Descent.
The incredible ignorance of religious fundamentalists never ceases to amaze and offend. This time, the notorious blogger DaveScot at Uncommon Descent (an anti-evolution blog site) has done it again with a post that has to be one of the most childish and ignorant piece of writing I have come across.
Titled “Why Atheism Fails: The Four Big Bangs“, the essence of the blog can be summarised simply with the following extract:
Atheists respond to all these types of questions with essentially the same style answer. “We know God doesn’t exist. Therefore, since we’re here, though, it had to have happened this way. Thus, like the universe itself, life, mind, and morality all ‘just popped’ into existence out of nothingness.”
I call them the Four Big Bangs:
1’) the Cosmological (the universe “just popped” into existence out of nothingness).
2’) the Biological (life “just popped” into existence out of a dead thing).
3’) the Psychological (mind “just popped” into existence out of a brain).
4’) and the Moral (morality “just popped” into existence out of amorality).
For their many obfuscating words, the authors still don’t improve much beyond the “just popped” thesis, if at all.
It is recommended that you skip the rest of the blog – not only it offers nothing insightful and useful, worse, as the reader OhioJoe2 pointed out in his comment (comment number 5), it is full of utterly false, discriminating straw-man claims against scientists and atheists alike.
Firstly, atheists never claim that morality, mind and our existence simply “popped into existence”. On the contrary, this is what creationism claims. Any knowledgeable person understands that evolution provides the answer, and evolution is the antithesis of “popping into existence” – it is a mechanical algorithm that shapes replicating entities through time.
Attack with how unscientific theism is, how religious people aren’t very smart because they don’t chair any departments in the hard sciences at the right schools (it’s really called censorship).
No, DaveScot, atheists do not attack on the intelligence of religious believers. What we attack is the utter ignorance and religious bigotry that people like yourself show over and over again.
Avoid the pesky problem of freewill. If atheism is true, if all that exists is mere matter and energy, then I don’t have a brain, I am my brain.
This is a classic example of argument from personal incredulity.
But, above all, avoid being cornered and forced to answer the questions of origins. Throw out lots of words that people can’t understand.
DaveScot, scientists and atheists never avoid being cornered when it comes to the questions of origin. Again, far from it – that’s why scientists work so hard to enquire and find out how and why things originate. I find it unbelievably naive and, I hesitate to use this word but I have no choice – stupid – that you say scientists throw out lots of words that people can’t understand! It is about theories, not words. Maybe you don’t understand lots of terminologies, but many others do. Grab some textbooks, spend many years studying them unbiased, and then eventually you will come to understanding these “words”.
Since the pre-Socratics, atheists have been intellectual parasites living off the host of Western Civilization. Able to construct so very little of their own that is either true, good, or beautiful…
DaveScot, what sort of discriminatory sweeping generalisation is this? According to a recent survey, the majority of leading scientists are atheists since 1914 (so was Albert Einstein, by the way). I rest my case.