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Creationist’s Toolbox #2 – Evolution is only a theory

Posted by Brandon | Filed under Creationist's Toolbox

If you are an advocate of creationism you may have argued, as to try and discredit evolution, that “Evolution is only a theory.” Unfortunately, what you are implying reveals a dire misunderstanding of the word ‘theory’.

Let me illuminate by showing you a few definitions of the word:

1) the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another
2) abstract thought : speculation

If you are using the second definition, the colloquial sense, then you are not understanding it’s definition from the perspective of science. Here’s another definition that might shed some light on the matter:

5) a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena

What you are implying is that the theory of evolution is a hypothesis (“a tentative assumption made in order to draw out and test its logical or empirical consequences”). So if scientists referred to evolution as The hypothesis of evolution, there would be a point to be had.

I’ll put this a little more plainly as to avoid anymore confusion on the matter. The theory of evolution and evolution itself are two completely different principles of thought. Evolution, the fact that all living things develop genetic mutations whereupon natural selection favors certain traits in accordance to the population’s ecosystem is under no debate. The fact that we have a common ancestor with chimpanzee’s is, as well, under no debate. The theory of evolution and the specifics of how these facts relate to each other will undoubtedly change and advance as this natural phenomenon is studied further and refined by the scientific method. The fact that all creatures evolve will never be disputed. It is akin to denying gravity, or that the earth revolves around the sun.

To put it even more plainly, a theory is a set of observable facts (you drop an apple, it falls to the ground) that form a coherent and testable understanding of how these facts relate to each other. So when you say that “evolution is only a theory” you’re really not saying anything and only proving to your opponent that you have no understanding of the meaning. Hopefully this cleared that up and you will avoid this common pitfall I have witnessed in far too many debates.

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Sunday Satire #1 – Deuteronomy 22:28-29

Posted by Brandon | Filed under Sunday Satire

Welcome to yet another new category for WIYG. I call this one “Sunday Satire”. Every Sunday I will be posting a moral, non-contradictory bible quote to inspire the peoples and help bring us all a little closer together.

We are going to play out a potential scenario that a Christian must agree with if he is to believe in the infallibility of the bible.

John Smith sleeps soundly, dreaming of crosses and atheists burning in hell when he wakes abruptly to sounds of screams. He bolts out of bed, panic strangling his heart, and follows the muffled cries into his daughter’s bedroom.

There she lay, being taken advantage of by a surly brute of a man who had broken through her window. Smith is enraged beyond description. “You son of a bitch!” he says. “You are going to fucking pay!”

The man looks up mortified, knowing he is caught. “Yes sir, you are correct.” He reaches into his pocket, pulling out a wallet and hands Smith $50.

John Smith counts the money and then nods his head. “Not only that you are also going to be married,” he pauses then adds “And never get divorced, you understand me?”

The daughter looks up to her attacker “Looks like we got you!”

The man’s faces slowly turns defeated and he makes a deliberate slow nod. The jig is up.

This is a despicable and completely immoral fiction. Where did I get my inspiration for it then? I remember now…

Deuteronomy 22:28-29

“If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.”

In no way do I condone violence or rape of any kind but I purposely left out describing the setting because this could easily be a scenario in the bible (also didn’t convert the Shekel to Dollar very well, but really, does it matter?). Furthermore, you’re going to ban Harry Potter and then point to the bible as a source of morality? Shame on all of you. Read your holy book and self-flagellate.

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Creationist’s Toolbox #1 – “Descendent’s From Apes”

Posted by Brandon | Filed under Creationist's Toolbox

I have added a new category to my posts that will alleviate some of the common tensions during religious debate. I name it the “Creationist’s Toolbox”. These will be short articles that are an olive branch from me to the fundamentalist community to save them from embarrassment when they are debating. These are in no way meant to be conceited but simply give Christians (and other theologies) a fighting chance since reason and debate are at the core of the human experience. I know that plenty of theists know these things but these “toolboxes” are not for you. They are for those whose only source of information is from their church or community and have warped ideas that end up embarrassing them in public and ruining any further credibility they had. Let us begin with number 1:

It’s a heated debate, the atheist is throwing everything they have at you. Evolution, radiometric dating, continental drift, natural selection! Shit! You’re getting flustered; how will you cope? In a moment of self-preservation you say with desperation “If we came from chimpanzee’s, why are there still chimps around?” Oh no, the atheist has his head in his hands and is mocking you. Now nothing you say will be taken seriously, even if it has a legitimate point.

You must not fall into this ever so common trap of scientific fallacy. Also, don’t you think all these scientists would have pondered this issue by now? That’s beside the point though. Evolution in no way implies that we “come from chimps” or that we “come from apes”. This is a fundamental misunderstanding of evolution. What the evidence for evolution reveals is a common ancestor. That is, there is a common ancestor between chimpanzee’s and humans that split off during natural selection; one becoming modern day chimps and the other homo sapiens. Everything in nature has a cousin in the hierarchical evolutionary tree. The video at the bottom of this article is from evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explaining this exact point visually and concisely.

That completes toolbox #1. Good luck with your debates!

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Circular reasoning is no reason at all

Posted by Brandon | Filed under Philosophy

I was bored today so I decided to come up with some interesting thought experiments that would disprove the existence of a Judeo-Christian-Islamic God (any god that makes scientific claims really). One of these ideas dealt with using the bible’s own circular logic against it. The circular logic I’m referring to is “God wrote the bible; Because the bible claims it; Therefore the bible is infallible.”

If we are going to use this premise then it would be safe to say that if any part of the bible could be proven false beyond question then this fundamentalist reasoning would collapse.

Well, this is quite easy as you will see. There are many topics in the bible that can be disproved. The easiest one is the claim that the earth is 6,000 years old. This statement is absolutely and unequivocally not true. If you think that every scientist from so many different branches of science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, paleontology and physics) are wrong then you are plainly deluding yourself and are willfully ignorant to truth. I’m not going to get into the precise details of exactly how we know the age of the earth simply because there are too many to list. Ok, I give in, here’s a few: Radiometric dating, fossils, distant starlight, coral, continental drift, erosion. That’s only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. I will devote an entire article to precisely how scientists (and indeed anyone who has taken a single science course) know this but for now you can look it up on your own as this article is more philosophical in nature.

The age of the earth is not even the only item in the bible that can be disproved; it is simply the most obvious and common sense example. Other examples are as follows: a world wide flood, inbreeding and Adam and Eve (then again for Noah’s family) and Noah’s Ark to just name a few.

Now that we have, without doubt, shown that several statements in the bible are false how will you, as a theist, reconcile the fact that it is purportedly written by God? I’d love to hear your answers.

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Born Again

Posted by Brandon | Filed under News

Well, I’m back and I have completely changed the look of the site. I wasn’t happy with the quality of the articles and I wanted to give it another attempt. Most of the previous articles I had written have been deleted; minus posts that were made by friends or an article that was a link of some sort. I will revisit these topics again however and hopefully take this site down a better path than it was previously.