Being raised in the dirty bible belt south, I’ve had my fair share of awkward conversations with people with an unquestionable faith for a supreme being. I’ll demonstrate some samples of how a few of these conversations went;
“ Dad: So what do you want to do with your life?
Me: I want to pursuing a profession in psychology and get a doctorates, but I would like to
do psychology more along the lines of the neuro and cognitive sciences.
Dad: That sounds cool, but why?
Me: I feel like it tries to explain the how and why of humans in a scientific
Dad: Well, no, that’s what God and Jesus is for.
Me: So you mean to tell me that God and Jesus is the how and why to everything?
Me: I don’t believe you, because God and Jesus didn’t create vaccines, didn’t create
technology, they could not explain the how and why these things work.
Dad: *tense silence*“
My father is a man that after my parents divorce, discover the “Catholic Faith” and since then relies only on a higher being to explain all of this problems and his purpose. Thus shoving a greater wedge in our even more strained relationship.
Next conversation was with a close friend, that in her respect, we’ll just call her X. Although I love her and have the greatest respect for her, she worries me because she’s more inclined to believe obvious pseudo-science(brujería or witchcraft) and religion than theories that have a sufficient amount of logic and evidence. Here is a sample of our conversation pertaining to evolution;
“ *Me stepping out of my theater class amazed on how many people refuse to accept the Theory of Evolution*
Me: Can you believe that people in my theater class don’t believe in evolution? They’re only argument against evolution is that “they don’t come for no ape”!
X: Well, I don’t believe in evolution either….
Me: What? Why?
X: Because if evolution really existed since things adapt and die out, wouldn’t gorillas and monkeys have died out too?
Me: I don’t really think you even understand evolution X, because neanderthals have died out, and other species have died out since we evolved…
X: Oh…. but I still don’t believe in it, because God created adam and eve and that’s how we came about.
Me: *Face palm* “
It makes me cringe when people present an argument, whatever it may be and whenever they are presented clear fact, with sufficient evidence, refuse to change their perception or even admit they are wrong.
I think it is fine to develop our own thoughts to create a unique perception. Am I totally demystifying the fact that there is no God? Well, no, I don’t think I am. I completely understand I do not have all the answers that creationists or people with religion affiliation have. Personally, although I am skeptical of there being the “God” that everyone worships or talks about, I am also skeptical of there being absolutely no supreme being. I would like to believe that there is another life waiting for me, that something that is so much more greater than me is there watching me, and something to belong to. Yet I know I wasn’t being honest with myself. I choose to have beliefs, in fact, my four beliefs are faith, hope, love, and self-improvement. I have faith in science, others, and myself. I have hope that if we were to encourage others to discover the beauty of science and follow it’s mystery, we would all help make this life, a better one. I have love, because with love I find salvation, and with self-improvement, I will have some reason to keep learning, and to keep exploring.
These conversations above are just samples of my conversations with creationists. Although I know they can be frustrating to deal with, especially us who have no patience with ignorance and denial, we should keep on embracing our message of knowledge and honesty.