Though I haven’t read the journals
And I haven’t read the books
And I’m kinda sorta iffy on the theory
I’m dismissing evolution;
I don’t like the way it looks,
And its seeming contradictions leave me leery
There’s a total lack of evidence
(At least, that I have read)
Of development, where animals change kind
So they all assume transitions
When it could be God, instead!
And they just ignore the obvious design!
And without a God to tell them,
What is evil, what is good,
How can atheists determine right from wrong?
It’s impossible to know the stuff
You shouldn’t or you should,
Still they claim that God is evil all along!
Yes, an atheist is foolish
And the godless world is cold
Evolution is just Satan in a mask…
(Or, at least, that’s what I figure,
And the way I’ve heard it told,
Though I’ve never met an atheist to ask)
So yeah… my aggregator pointed me to an apologetics site, where the author presents “Ten Conflicting Beliefs of Modern Atheism“.
1 Apparent design in creation can usually be explained, even if the explanation appeals to transitions and development even when science has absolutely no clue as to how such development occurred. However, appealing to a designer should be immediately dismissed as a “God of the Gaps” argument.
2 Good and evil are not objective, but simply the shared preferences of individual cultures and they can change from culture to culture – unless one is talking about the God of the Bible. He’s objectively evil.
3 Since miracles are much more rare than our everyday experiences, it would be more reasonable to ascribe a seemingly inexplicable event to possible sources we know could account for the event. However, assuming something like the cell that shows fantastic complexity and apparent design is actually the product of design is completely unreasonable.
4 The fact that divergent religious claims try to explain the existence of the cosmos prove that all religions are false while the fact that there are divergent scientific theories seeking to explain the existence of the cosmos is how knowledge is acquired and is necessary to eventually arrive at the right conclusion.
5 Reason is the only reliable way to establish what is true, and we reason with brains that evolved only for survival value with no regard for the truth of a belief.
6 Science is a field of study centered in experimentation and observation and science dictates that life came from nonliving material, even though in the entire history of mankind, no one has ever once observed life coming from non-life.
7 It is only through planning, intelligence, and hard work that scientist have been able to extend the lives of human beings while the very life they extend is ultimately the product of no planning, no intelligence, and mere accident.
8 The Universe came into existence from nothing – and that nothing is made up of at least two things: quantum fluctuations and time.
9 All human beings are the product of evolutionary forces including survival of the fittest, which means that only those who hold the best attributes will advance the species, but all human beings are completely equal and no one is more valuable than another.
10 Belief in God is a delusion, religion is a virus and it is morally wrong to push religious beliefs on other by expressing them in invocations or other community-centered meetings, which is why atheists seek to push their belief of the nonexistence of God upon all aspects of society.
To be more fair to the writer than he is to us, he does link (in all but one case) to expanded arguments, so these bullet points are not intended to be stand-alone arguments.
And the thing is, I see these claims all the time–so as a public service to you, I open up the comments for your shooting practice. I’m fairly certain I have actually addressed each of these in verse over the years, but that will not be a requirement for you.