This morning I was browsing some other blogs here on wordpress and came across a fellow blogger who was talking about Ben Stein’s documentary Expelled. I have to admit that I have yet to view it myself, but I certainly intend to in the near future.
Talking about Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed or even intelligent design is not the focus of this post however. The target is the other blogger who’s post I had been reading. I considered linking his blog, then decided that there is very little point. Nothing that I have to say will convince him of the impossibilities or fallacy of his beliefs if he cannot see them on his own. So I will simply place the name of his blog at the end of this post and allow anyone the option of reading his post without the resulting flame war that might result from my deliberate attack on his blog.
Said Blogger’s main argument was with an interview of Richard Dawkins during the documentary. I understand why a doctrinal follower of Jesus Christ would take issue with someone who openly stands against everything that you believe in. That fact does not mean that you should take things that he says entirely out of context. One thing in particular that really bothered both the blogger was that Dawkins apparently stated that he believes that this planet was “seeded” by an intelligent alien civilization. I put the word in bold the word intelligent because he did as well, obviously to allude that Dawkins was actually saying that he believes in “Intelligent Design” which is certainly not true and is a blatant attempt to take Dawkins out of context.
He then went on to say that believing that aliens seeded the earth took much more faith then believing in God “It takes a lot more faith to believe that than it does to believe Genesis 1:1.” My question is why do you think that? Do you think that because some trustworthy robe wearing people in goofy hats along with your parents didn’t tell you from birth that aliens created life instead of God? How is it that Jesus Christ or God being responsible for all life with their magical powers is any less imbecilic then a bunch of aliens dropping DNA all over the place? Explain this to me because I want to know exactly why it takes more faith to grasp one silly explanation for the complexities of the world then another. Anyone with some semblance of ability to think clearly needs only take a look back in time and trace various civilizations rising and falling, each with their own views on god. How can anyone look at that, sit back, then say “Man we really struck the nail on the head with Christianity.” Can you not see the illogical line of thinking that comes along with this? Your belief is no different from the Cargo Cults of Vanautu, or the polytheistic view of ancient Greece.
He then claims that Dawkins is a fool and cites Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 as his reasons for declaring him such. I can proclaim that someone is foolish and then cite unrelated antiquated reasons as well.
You sir Blogger are a fool. “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” – Ben Franklin
What did I prove by quoting Ben Franklin? The same nothing that citing two psalms that have the word fool in them did.
The main point that he wants to make is not that Dawkins is a fool, though it is hard to figure that out since he certainly went on a nice tangent about it. This man wants their to be alternatives taught in schools aside from evolution. I’m fine with this as well, so long as the alternative being taught isn’t so obviously erroneous. He attempts to cite an example of refusing to teach intelligent design is like. The example is.
“It’s as if you can come up with any answer you want regarding the origin of man and the universe, except one (that God had anything to do with it). That’s like a police department investigating a murder and being told by the District Attorney, “Arrest the person the evidence points to, except not if it’s the Sheriff’s son.” Ridiculous!”
No That would be insinuating two very different things. One being that there is any evidence at all for he existence of god. (Show me any aside from bibles and faith. And nothing about how many people believe it, so it must be true. We used to burn lepers clothing and send them away to islands because we thought leprosy was highly contagious.) Two, your example should actually be stated more along the lines of this. “This man has a dubious track record of violence, his references are over 2000 years old, he has multiple offenses of blatant sexism, and consistently contradicts himself.” “However, many people like him so we are OK with this man becoming mayor.”
It is people like this, who feel as though they have closed their mind to any possibility aside from ones that are found deep within an ancient book littered with self contradicting stories about the creation of this planet, think that other people should conform to their close minded view on what has so obviously not created the universe, that makes me ill.
Coram Deo – Name of the blog in case anyone wants to search him out.