Incredulity Cartoon

In some way, we’re all guilty of incredulity at some level but it becomes bothersome when someone says, “You can’t know for sure such and such event didn’t happen.” Well of course, but then is there any reason to believe it did?

I think we can reasonably rule out the Biblical story of Noah’s flood for example, either by simply contemplating how logical it would be for animals to line up in pairs (putting aside the ones that reproduce asexually) and march onto a boat like something out of a quaint Disney animated cartoon. The counter argument is always, God is all powerful–he can do anything! Then why didn’t God just make all of the innocent animals and people disappear while the flood was happening and return them when he was done drowning the wicked? Better yet, why didn’t God simply snap his fingers and make all the wicked drop dead. How come it was necessary to kill seemingly innocent animals (I don’t know, maybe animals do commit sins) to punish wicked men and women. The more logical explanation of the flood story is that the people of that era were simply trying to explain a disasterous event. After all, they weren’t scientists.

Lest you think I’m close-minded, I once was a literalist. I did believe in Noah’s Flood as a young ardent creationist. Creationists regularly defend the flood myth by trying to come up with logical answers versus miraculous ones. Answers to problematic questions of large dinosaurs fitting onto the Ark. Their retort is that maybe God allowed for baby dinos to be saved which are small–which brings up even more questions. First of all, it doesn’t state anything about baby dinos in the Bible and second of all, how are these babies marching in pairs to get to the Ark when they may need the support of their parents. The better reply would be, “God shrank the animals to fit inside the Ark.” You know why Creationists (well, most creationists) won’t say that? Because it sounds ridiculous.

And yet a defense of a miraculous story should contain more miraculous suggestions, not logical-sounding ones or scientific-sounding ones. Why do creationists and Christians in general feel the need to sound scientific? Because in a time of modern media and technology their stories are embarrassing when you take them literally, they equal the imagination of fairy tales.

The end result of evolution can be incredible, but it is a natural process that can be traced and researched. And as always, what is incredible is relative. From our small human vantage point we may not understand that a creature as complicated as say a giraffe is but one of many creatures designed over time by natural selection. If nature were personified she might say, “What’s all the fuss? I make and destroy animals all the time. ”

While atheists may use incredulity to mock religion because the stories have no basis in reality, literalist Christians use incredulity to avoid looking at the science. I know I did. When I was a creationist, one of the favorite arguments was to find a complex organ like an eye and say it is too complex for natural selection. Now that I have come back around to discovering evolution (feels like it has taken a life time to begin to grasp how powerful natural selection is) I keep finding a multitude of explanations by qualified scientists for how eyes developed or other structures that may have taken research and reflection to understand. It is lazy thinking to gasp in incredulity and then be so arrogant as to think there is no explanation for it based on natural processes. The unexplained is not the domain of the gods, it is simply a holding pattern until the “aha” moment of a scientific mind grasps what happened.

Dare I make this statement: Atheists are justified in their incredulity while Christians are not. I don’t know if it is fair, but it is hard for me not to suggest it because the claims of miracles aren’t falsifiable–you either believe or you don’t. With evolution, you at least have a concrete subject matter that you can test and debate and new information is ever forthcoming. Even as it is an established Scientific Fact, Christians can still challenge the evidence. Noah’s Ark is a story with no evidence–an incredibly ridiculous, but entertaining bedtime story.

2 thoughts on “Incredulity Cartoon

  1. the problem with this whole thing is that the state is trying to dictate what marriage is when it is not a state issue. The state did not create marriage…religion did. This is a case when the all too popular “separation of church and state” should come in. Thus when religion states that marriage is only between a husband and wife, they are right…because it is something viewed to have been created by God. Jesus Himself stated in the gospels that a man would leave his family to cleave to a wife in reference to Genesis’ creation of the first marriage between Adam and Eve. Whether you agree to this or not is not the issue. The fact remains: religion dictates what are the proper terms of marriage since it came out from them…the state does not. It has no say in the matter.Marriage is not an “evolutionary” invention. It can’t since it doesn’t help with increase of the species nor natural selection. It is totally religious

  2. @Wishman Oh, please. Take a look in your bible on how marriage is there. It is most of the time between one man and several wives, often minors. Early Christians where discouraged to get married, and in the catholic church did not conducted marriage until about the 12th century. It is just one more thing religion has hijacked.

    And apparently I know the US law better than you do, as a marriage is a contract between two persons, and no religious ceremony is required. However without the contract, the religious ceremony is not valid. Similar, though not identical, procedures are in most secular countries.

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