There were lots of creationist and hyper-religious comments this week, and here are three that I didn’t allow through (note, though, that if you claim this is “censorship,” the commenters did get their say! I don’t, however, allow trolling.). If you haven’t done this already, I urge you to read my “Roolz” (left sidebar) about “censorship” and other website matters.
From reader “Stephen,” commenting on “Peter Hitchens replies to me; I answer him“:
Macro evolution is a fairy tale. Atheists are not very bright people.
This person probably has no idea what macroevolution is, much less that it’s been documented many times in the fossil record.
From reader “D,” commenting on “Neil deGrasse Tyson loses it in a discussion about science“:
It’s a shame Mr Tyson is so influential. He ridicules those who recognize that the origin of life is still unknown to science and yet, he claims to be open minded.
He claims to be a scientist and yet, he teaches theory as fact and denies the existence of facts that have been scientifically proven. Even Darwin came understand the flaws in his theory.
According My Tyson, Darwin was also stupid.
I know. This is just my stupid opinion.
I didn’t see the first episode of the new “Cosmos,” but I doubt that Tyson misused the scientific notion of “theory,” or claimed that Darwin was stupid. As for Darwin coming to understand the flaws in his theory, he was certainly aware of some of its problems (he never fully came to terms with genetics, whose basis was murky at the time), but he certainly didn’t see as flawed his major contentions of evolution, common ancestry, gradualism (as opposed to instantaneous transformation), lineage splitting, and natural selection.
From reader “Ellie,” commenting on “Why was God a stay-at-home“:
God is very patient with us. If I were he I would just get mad and blow up the world. But he didn’t, and instead sent Jesus to die.
I love Jesus, and I am sooooo glad that he does love the world.
Three comments. First, God didn’t blow up the world but he did get mad and flooded the world, killing all but eight people. And what kind of God would show his mercy by sending his son to die? And if Jesus really loved the world, he wouldn’t require that people go to God only through belief in him, Jesus, and the rest could fry for eternity.
Just for fun, let me reproduce Sam Harris’s characterization from Christianity in his published exchange with Philip Ball:
“In its most generic and well-subscribed form, Christianity amounts to the following claims: Jesus Christ, a carpenter by trade, was born of a virgin, ritually murdered as a scapegoat for the collective sins of his species, and then resurrected from death after an interval of three days. He promptly ascended, bodily, to “heaven”—where, for two millennia, he has eavesdropped upon (and, on occasion, even answered) the simultaneous prayers of billions of beleaguered human beings. Not content to maintain this numinous arrangement indefinitely, this invisible carpenter will one day return to earth to judge humanity for its sexual indiscretions and sceptical doubts, at which time he will grant immortality to anyone who has had the good fortune to be convinced, on Mother’s knee, that this baffling litany of miracles is the most important series of truth-claims ever revealed about the cosmos. Every other member of our species, past and present, from Cleopatra to Einstein, no matter what his or her terrestrial accomplishments, will (probably) be consigned to a fiery hell for all eternity.”