Recently, I’ve seen the usual flood myth claims on one more theist blog. This has been done to death but I do love the subject since I’m a geologist.
The initial blog post was the usual claim by a theist that atheists don’t have enough proof for their position and at best they “really” should be agnostics. This is the usual tactic to cling to their god by implicitly claiming “But you can’t prove my god doesn’t exist, so I can still make believe he does.” Alas for the theist who make this claim, they forget that their god has very defined characteristics and those characteristics can be analyzed and be tested by the evidence supporting or contradicting them. The theist in question has insisted that he doesn’t need to define this god, and it’s simply “logic” that argues that agnosticism is the right position. He invokes the argument from ignorance:
1.There is no evidence against p.
2. Therefore, p.
3.There is no evidence for p.
and has accused me of that, but again forgets that there is not this overwhelming ignorance he would hope for; we have plenty of positive evidence against the claims of his religion and his bible. If there is no evidence for a magical flood, then there is no reason to think that there was one. If there is no evidence for a God, or Santa Clause, then there is no reason to think there is one. Could there be a probability of something undefined hiding under a rock on Alpha Centauri and that be the Christian god? No, not if the Christian god is as claimed by the bible and Christians. Logic is a powerful tool but it isn’t perfect. Unfortunately, many Christians find it’s their last hope in finding a gap for their god but don’t understand that.
There is evidence for geology showing that this flood did not occur ever and could not have. One has to invoke magic to somehow evaporate all of the evidence that this god did anything ever. That’s worth a chuckle but that’s all. One may as well invoke “Last Thursdayism” where we only *think* we remember our lives and some god made us up last Thursday.
(This Christian is also sure that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. He claims he needs no “evidence” but has “good reasons” to be sure about this. Of course, I have yet to see the “good reasons”. It’s just more special pleading.)
Another Christian has claimed that SCIENCE supports his religion and makes some very typical and very willfully ignorant claims. He claims that genetics “proves” that there was a population bottleneck and his flood is the source. First, it is always a treat to see a theist who wants to invoke science and the scientific method when they think that it supports their religious claims. They demonstrate their hypocrisy when they decide that some science is just peachy but when a bit of that science shows their religion’s claims to be wrong, they will do their best to ignore it. Quite a bit of trying to have their cake and eat it too goes on in creationist nonsense. They depend on willful ignorance, outright lies, attacking strawmen created from superseded ideas, etc. It’s really quite a shame. AT this point, I cannot accept Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. In this age of information, it takes real effort to be this ignorant. Continue reading “Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – Bad logic and even worse “science””