A short answer

Just for fun, I thought I’d take a stab at the 22 Messages from Creationists, giving each one a short response. Let’s start with the last one.

22. If we came from monkeys then why are there still monkeys?

If we came from our parents and grandparents, why do we still have parents and grandparents? Or, to put it in Christian terms, if Jesus came from God, then why would there still be a God?

Think, dude.

21. Relating to the big bang theory…. Where did the exploding star come from?

“Big Bang” is a figure of speech—nothing actually exploded. The universe has been getting bigger since the beginning of time, which means that as you go back in time, it was smaller. If we do the math, we find that about 13.8 billion years ago, the universe had virtually no size at all. Notice that’s not just the contents of the universe that were small. The universe, space itself, had virtually no size at all. And since that’s the beginning of time (as far as we can tell), there is no “before” during which anything could happen to cause it. The material universe is uncreated, and therefore has no creator.

20. How can you look at the world and not believe Someone Created/thought of it? It’s Amazing!!!

I can do it because I’m not a superstitious animist. Animism is a primitive superstition that seeks to account for things by attributing them to the deliberate actions of unseen magical persons. It has a bad reputation today because it fails to explain anything or provide any useful information. You learn a lot more about disease by studying microbiology (which does explain things) than by deciding illness is caused by evil spirits. Yet animism and superstition live on today, in the form of creationism and ID.

19. Can you believe in “the big bang” without “faith”?

There’s two kinds of faith. If we believe whatever we’re told, regardless of the evidence, or even despite the evidence, then that’s one kind of faith, but that’s also the definition of “gullibility.” On the other hand, we can also trust that certain things are true because they are consistent with reality. Reality is consistent with itself, and when we believe the things that are consistent with reality, that’s a different kind of “faith,” and it’s also the definition of “knowledge.” So yes, you can believe in the Big Bang without gullibility-type faith. Just use knowledge-type faith.

18. Why have we found only 1 “Lucy”, when we have found more than 1 of everything else?

Because the name “Lucy” is the name scientists gave to one individual specimen of Australopithecus afarensis. Fossils of this particular species are indeed rare, but we do have several other specimens besides Lucy.

17. What purpose do you think you are here for if you do not believe in salvation.

I don’t have to be here for anyone else’s purpose, and in fact it rather diminishes human worth to suggest we’re all just pawns on someone else’s chessboard. I am here for my own purposes, and in my case that means seeking to make life better for myself and those around me.

16. What mechanism has science discovered that evidences an increase of genetic information seen in any genetic mutation or evolutionary process?

There are many such mechanisms, of course, as even creationists must admit. There are more than 15 million species known today, and in order for that many species to have descended from a mere 7,000 breeding pairs on board the ark, the rate of increase would have to be much higher than what biologists estimate. If all mutations were negative, we would have to have fewer species today than were on board the Ark, so creationism basically refutes itself.

15. Because science by definition is a “theory” —not testable, observable, nor repeatable” why do you object to creationism or intelligent design being taught in school?

Because creationism and ID are superstition, accounting for things by attributing them to magical invisible beings. Science seeks to explain the world, which means describing the observable and verifiable chains of cause and effect that turn one set of conditions into a different set of conditions. Creationism and ID actively impede scientific investigation by designating large chunks of the world as effectively off limits, due to magic. Superstition is the opposite of science, and therefore has no place in science class.

14. If Evolution is a Theory (like creationism or the Bible) why then is Evolution taught as fact.

Evolution is taught as fact precisely because it is not like creationism or the Bible. The Bible is a book of stories, many of which are not consistent with what we find in the real world. The term “fact” refers to things, such as evolution, that are consistent with what we find in the real world. Snakes don’t talk, there are no magical trees whose fruit will make you immortal if you eat it, and rain doesn’t come from God opening doors in the sky to let water from heaven fall down on us. But there are fossils and genes that tell us all about evolution.

13. Does metamorphosis help support evolution?

It’s not something that evolution depends on, and it’s an area of active study, but there’s certainly nothing there to seriously challenge evolution.

12. There is no inbetween… the only one found has been Lucy and there are only a few pieces of the hundreds necessary for an “official proof”

Creationism requires roughly the same number of transitional species to go from 7,000 created “kinds” to 15 million known species, so the purported “absence” of “inbetweens” does as much harm to creationism as to evolution. But that’s a moot point, since the transitional species aren’t absent. They’re just being denied by creationists—the adult version of “La-la-la, I can’t hear you.”

11. Why do evolutionists/secularists/huminists/non-God believing people reject the idea of their being a creator God but embrace the concept of intelligent design from aliens or other extra-terestrial sources?

Most of us don’t, but the ones that do are only proposing a reasonable amount of extra-terrestrial intervention. It’s still a violation of Occam’s Razor, but much less so than proposing invisible magical beings operating by an entirely different set of laws than any laws we have ever encountered, from some place that exists outside of everything we have any access to.

10. I believe in the Big Bang Theory… God said it and BANG it happened!

You have the first kind of faith. (See #19, above.)

9. If God did not create everything, how did the first single-celled organism originate? By chance?

Depends on how you define “chance.” If you mean random changes happening without any kind of law or order being involved, then no. We’re still studying the origin of life, but what we do know is that biochemical reactions follow strict laws based on the electrostatic properties of the molecules involved. Given these properties, which are inherent in the atomic nature of matter, certain types of interactions are possible, and other types are not. By studying these interactions, we can eventually work out what the initial conditions and chain of events must have been.

8. Where do you derive objective meaning in life?

Meaning is an inherent property of reality itself, and comes from the fact that reality is consistent with itself. “Consistent” means two things: that reality does not contradict itself, and that everything within reality is interconnected to multiple other things. Because of this interconnectedness, we can take the things we already know and use them to discover new things, by following the inherent relationships between them. This interconnectedness is “meaning,” and since it’s an inherent part of the nature of reality itself, it cannot be created.

7. WHAT ABOUT NOETICS?

Noetics is similar to quantum, in that it is sometimes abused by people who want to exploit the woo factor of abstruse topics in order to lend credence to claims that are pure bunk. Noetics has no more to do with evolution than phrenology does.

6. If the Big Bang Theory is true and taught as science along with evolution, why do the laws of thermodynamics debunk said theories?

They don’t. And that just goes to show why creationism should not be taught in public schools. It only equips people to fail to understand basic scientific principles.

5. How do you explain a sunset if their is no God?

Non-superstitiously.

4. Does not the Second law of thermodynamics disprove Evolution?

No it does not. It also does not disprove the claim that complex, multicellular adults can grow from single fertilized egg cells. Again, creationism only equips people to fail at science.

3. Is it completely illogical that the earth was created mature? i.e. trees created with rings… Adam created as an adult…

It is just as logical as believing that everything was created instantaneously last Thursday: history books with stories, people with “memories,” etc. However, to be scientific, there needs to be more to a conjecture than that it can be framed in superficially plausible terms.

2. Are you scared of a Divine Creator?

No more so than I’m scared of Thor, or leprechauns, or ghosts, or dragons.

1. Bill Nye, Are you influencing the minds of children in a positive way?

Absolutely. One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to equip them to discern the difference between reality and the fantasies by which others will seek to enslave and exploit them.