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Jan 20 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: The God of the Gaps

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

“Religion explains what science can’t” is a terrible argument for religion. Yes, we have gaps in our scientific understanding of the universe — but why does that imply that those gaps are best explained by the supernatural? Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

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    Iamcuriousblue

    To say nothing of “What does it say about religion once one of these gaps that were used as evidence of the supernatural is definitively explained scientifically?”
    Of course the religionist will just go onto find another “gap” and repeat the same set of arguments. But a long-term score of “That’s what you said about X, Y, and Z” needs to be kept.

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    Maria

    And when the gaps are getting fewer they just redefine the whole god concept into ‘God is Love’ or something…

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    efrique

    Yeas, I think this one definiitely needed to be said; it relates closely to a number of your posts (where you say things like “how often have supernatural explanations replaced scientific ones?”), but the concise point here stands well on its own.

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    Rick R.

    Speaking of “God of the gaps”, I saw this a few days ago, and forgot to link it for you. I’d use it for my icon for everything, if the text wouldn’t wind up too small to read.
    http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1763#comic

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    Holytape

    I think a better agruement for religion would be “Religion makes up what science can’t.” To learn and understand just some of the cool stuff in science takes years and a lot of hard work. Religion you can be an expert on everything instantly. And you can make up anything you want. Can dinosaurs breath fire? According to boring science, no. But exciting religion can teach us, not only could the breath fire but Jesus could fight them.

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    vel

    I agree with “iamcuriousblue”. The theists need to have their feet held to the fire about their prior claims. For example, creationists were initially all “goddidit” just like in the bible; then, after science showed them wrong, some of them decided divide evolution into “micro” and “macro” just so they could cling to their religion longer.
    Hypocrites, all accepting science when it makes them comfy but decrying it when it shows their beliefs are wrong.

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    Maria

    One of the greatest mysteries still is how so many people can not fathom that ‘the Lord’ is a fictional character!

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    hmma

    Blogger asked, and Larmer anwers
    http://www.newdualism.org/papers/R.Larmer/Gaps.htm

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