The altar of ignorance

The Oxford dictionary defines ‘faith‘ as complete trust and confidence in something, so going by that definition there’s no room for manoeuvre, as it’s unlikely that a mind will be changed even if presented with definitive evidence. The Oxford dictionary describes ‘religious faith‘ as strong belief and conviction in the doctrines of religion based on spiritual conviction rather than proof. Christian theologists often define faith as divine trust in God and Jesus Christ, so even from a theistic perspective it’s without any evidence. To rely on faith, and the stories written in the ‘Bible‘ and ‘Qur’an‘ as evidence for scientific explanations for the first cause, or historical fact is no more than completely absurd.

“Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of Nature, and therefore this holds for the action of people. For this reason, a research scientist will hardly be inclined to believe that events could be influenced by a prayer, i.e. by a wish addressed to a Supernatural Being.” – Albert Einstein

When theists claim that science continues to prove the existence of their God, all it proves is their inability to reason and look at things rationally. As a perfect example take the Old Testament. God was everywhere and you couldn’t get rid of him. He got involved in everything and influenced many happenings, yet it only happened in a small location in the world, The Levant. Why didn’t he interact with any other area of the world where people worshipped other Gods?

Ignorance‘ is defined as a lack of awareness, or believing a rumour that has no basis in reality ie: God created the Universe because a book written thousands of years ago says so, despite no one being there to witness his creation, and no physical evidence has ever been discovered. It’s ignorant to take the words of the Bible as gods because it’s been claimed through many generations to be true. Faith is a glorification of ignorance as even when presented with facts, they still refuse to believe because it goes against the teachings of their religion, which is extremely worrying when the majority of people on the planet have some form of faith. Take ‘evolution‘ – theists claim that if you accept evolution then you’re part of the religion of ‘Darwinism‘. Evolution has an abundance of evidence, and natural selection is evident in such things as humans becoming immune to antibiotics., or scientists struggling to create a reliable vaccine for COVID-19. As Darwin said ‘It is the one most adaptable to change‘ that will survive.

What many theists fail to understand, even after having it relentlessly explained is the meaning of the ‘theory of evolution‘. They instantly assume that a theory is just a theory and has no basis, and even after telling them that scientists don’t use the word theory that way, they still refuse to acknowledge or accept its definition. The National Academy of Sciences explains a scientific theory as follows.

“a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that can incorporate facts, laws, inferences, and tested hypotheses”

Evolution is a proven fact but the theory of how it happened has movement the more scientists understand. Theists can’t help themselves when they attempt to mock that which they remain unknowledgeable about. The ‘why are there still monkeys?’ is such lazy thinking as scientists claim that we have a universal common ancestor, and all life shares a genetic heritage and has descended from one species, that’s more than likely a uni-cellular life form that’s mutated and evolved into more complex structure through natural selection.

“There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works” – Stephen Hawking

The biggest issue we face as a civilised society is ‘religious tolerance‘, as if anyone stands up to it, they are accused of hateful conduct. Religion is wrongfully protected, and should be heavily criticised when it gets in the way of scientific progress, especially in the field of medicine. Religion involves and concerns the spiritual and supernatural and that’s where it should stay. It has no place attempting interfere with science and the natural world. Science doesn’t attempt to prove or disprove religion, so religion shouldn’t attempt to disprove science. Both are very different areas and are entirely exclusive. Science isn’t compatible with religion, as the scientific method involves observation, and repeatable experimentation in an attempt to reach a conclusion. Theists can be scientists, there’s no dispute from me there, but they cannot ever include their beliefs in their research as then their science is invalid. ‘Sir Francis Bacon‘ was able to separate the two when he created what’s known as the ‘scientific method‘, despite being an Anglican, but others claim that he became irreligious, but that’s another story.

The problem with many non-scientist theists is they don’t have the mental capability or the courage to accept that science and religion cannot be inclusive. So because of this you’ve got people like Ken Ham, who gives the illusion that he’s an intelligent man, but promotes young creationism, and despite looking like an Ape, he denies that humans are Great Apes. He claims that evolution is a pseudoscience and Jesus rode a Brontosaurus to work.

According to the Bible, humans and dinosaurs originally lived at the same time; they were not separated by millions of years. There are many biblical and extrabiblical clues that humans continued to have first-hand knowledge of dinosaurs after the Flood. ” – Answers in Genesis

This is exactly why creationism is a deliberate attempt to misinform and create a false narrative, and basically suggests that palaeontology is a pseudoscience. Dating methods have come a long way in recent years, and index fossils are used in some cases, and radiometric dating in others.

“The atoms in some chemical elements have different forms, called isotopes. These isotopes break down at a constant rate over time through radioactive decay. By measuring the ratio of the amount of the original (parent) isotope to the amount of the (daughter) isotopes that it breaks down into an age can be determined. ” – Fossil Era

Ken Ham and his army of degenerates think that people who study science, accept evolution and think the universe is billions of years old have a secularist ideology, so how exactly can anything they say be taken seriously when they don’t even know that all secularism involves is the separation of religion from government. What exactly has that got to do with the age of the universe? Young Earth creationists believe that Genesis is the literal word of God, but how can God be so confused about the alleged facts about creation? The errors are constant yet people like Ken Ham believe it’s every word and vehemently defend it.

Genesis 1 gives the order of creation as plants, animals, man and woman. Genesis 2 gives it as man, plants, animals and woman. Genesis 1:3-5 says light was created on the first day, Genesis 1:14-19 says the sun was created on the fourth. Genesis 7:2 says Noah took seven pairs of each beast, Genesis 7:8-15 says one pair.” – New Scientist

This is where the art of cherry picking comes into play, or non-creationists are taking the scriptures out of context, or just don’t have the mental ability to understand what is written. I’ve seen apologists attempt to defend the inaccuracies, inconsistencies and errors, time and time again where it’s gotten to the point where it’s predictable what they’re going to say.

This article perfectly highlights how the ignorant, irrational, unreasonable, illogical viewpoint that young Earth creationism holds and maintains. The only evidence they have to cling to are words from a book that’s been lost in translation, and the author of he article hasn’t even referenced which version of the Bible they’ve quoted, as we all know there are multiple versions of the Bible, some with drastically different translations that can completely change the context of a passage.

A branch of Creationism is intelligent design, but theologists tend to refrain from mentioning God or the Bible and make it seem like a genuine scientific hypothesis, but is fraudulent and has been challenged by the courts as pseudoscience. United States District Judge, ‘John Edward Jones II’ announced in court that Intelligent Design went against the establishment clause in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which meant that it wasn’t allowed to be taught in schools as an alternative to biology classes and lectures. He received death threats for this decision. How very Christian.

“God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.” – Genesis 1 29:30

One of the claims from Genesis is all life at the beginning was initially vegetarian, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s very vague, which must mean there were no predators, so if this is true, why are there now many species of predatory animals, reptiles, fish and birds? As you can see with the Tyrannosaurus Rex, it has teeth made for one purpose, and one purpose only.

Killing and tearing flesh.

If it was a vegetarian like Ken Ham suggests, then why is it built to hunt its prey? Despite it reaching heights of forty feet and weighing up to nine tons, it was a formidable sprinter, and scientists claim it may have been able to reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. How exactly would Noah have been able to control, house, sanitise and feed such a large animal?

“T. rex had a mouth full of serrated teeth; the largest tooth of any carnivorous dinosaur ever found was 12 inches (30 centimeters) long. But not all of the dinosaur’s teeth served the same function, according to a 2012 study in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. Specifically, the dinosaur’s front teeth gripped and pulled; its side teeth tore flesh, and its back teeth diced chunks of meat and forced food into the throat. Importantly, T. rex’s teeth were wide and somewhat dull (rather than being flat and daggerlike), allowing the teeth to withstand the forces exerted by struggling prey, the study found.” – Live Science

So what’s the deal with Creationism, when science clearly contradicts it at every turn? What must be going through your head to believe that book if Genesis is the absolute truth regarding the history of the universe? Catholics and Protestants going as far back as Saint Augustine have always maintained that not all of the Bible can be taken literally, and much of it is metaphorically speaking, and is worded in such a way as to get a message across to the reader. So why are there people like Ken Ham, who claim to be devout fundamentalists, but have turned Answers in Genesis into a business opportunity. I’ve always claimed that Ham and his cronies are disingenuous, and have literally cornered a market aimed at indoctrinated Americans to feed his bank account.

Capitalism vs. Socialism

To sum both ideologies up in the simplest of terms; capitalism is a political and economic method where industries and businesses are privately owned and depending on the market’s requirements, things are often made to demand so that companies can run a profitable and organised business to offer trade and employment opportunities; whereas socialism is a social and political method in which private ownership is replaced by co-operative community ownership. They believe that everyone lives to co-operate and contribute towards the communal good, so all should seek reward for their work. Socialists say that their social organisation promotes equality and job protection as the workers work for requirement, not for profit. Karl Marx made the following quote famous in 1875:

“Jeder nach seinen Fähigkeiten, jedem nach seinen Bedürfnissen”

Which in English translates to:

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”

Many argue that capitalism isn’t good as the rich get richer, and once big conglomerates secure an area of the market they dominate and put smaller companies in danger, and workers are exploited. Others argue that communism and socialism is the root of all evil and you just have to look at the aftermath of the October revolution in Russia; or the Great Leap Forward in China that let to droughts and famines and many millions lost their lives; or were ritually slaughtered; died from poor treatment during forced labour; or executed for rebelling against the government as they starved to death. There are stories of mass suicides and acts of cannibalism in both Russia and China as the government watched on.

But does this mean that socialism is a bad ideology, or has it been a tool for cruel dictatorships?

“Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That’s the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

According to Forbes, Jeff Bezos in August 2020 exceeded a $200,000,000,000 fortune, and Elon Musk is slightly in his shadow with a mere $153,000,000,000 fortune, but because of capitalism they legally, yet unethically, pay their employees minimum wage that’s set out as a government employment rule. The rich get richer, the elite get more powerful and the rest of us try and get by, not even knowing that indirectly we might be working for one of these moguls. I understand that both are talented entrepreneurs, and Elon Musk has his scientific mind, and that they both worked hard to achieve and become extremely wealthy and successful, but because of capitalism, they can bully other companies, push them out of the way with lawsuits, and cover all of the bases like Apple have tried to do by turning the brand into a fashion accessory, and with clever marketing and slick designs they’ve become the biggest phone maker in the world and in August they exceeded a $2 trillion net worth. Do you think the people who work in the warehouses or drive the vehicles are going to be paid favourably because the company they’re employed by is so profitable?

So is capitalism a better alternative to socialism, or does it promote greed and inequality?

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

God of disaster

According to the Bible, and as usual I will reference the King James Version, life is predetermined by god, and he knows what you are going to do before you do. I don’t get why Christians trust god to put them on the correct course, or believe that god’s intentions are always fuelled by his love for us when so many bad things happen every day throughout the world. Let’s ignore actions that humans are responsible for, and think for a moment about natural disasters, like hurricanes, typhoons, floods, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires, drought and famine. If god is all knowing, and all loving, why does he let natural disasters happen? If he knows that a catastrophic event is forthcoming, and he loves us, why doesn’t he prevent it?‬

‪”In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” – Ephesians 1:11 KJV‬

‪In 2011, Japan, the city of Tōhoku, was hit by a typhoon which was caused by an earthquake of great magnitude. The waves reached up to 40 metres killing nearly 16,000 people, injuring many thousands more, and several thousand were missing. As well as the human harm, it affected wildlife, and caused approximately $360 billion of damage, and whilst this happened, people still believed that god was lovingly watching over us. Out of the 10 most destructive natural disasters, China has suffered 6 of them, and the other 4 have all been in Eastern Asia, where millions of people perished.

Yet, whilst all this destruction was taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪Cyclone Nargis hit Sri Lanka and Burma in 2008 causing disaster our flooding and landslides killing 150,000 and 50,000 more reported missing. The Bhola cyclone devastated Bangladesh in 1970 killing roughly 300,000 and thousands more reported missing. In 2010, Haiti and the Dominican Republic as hit by an earthquake, and the governments to this day still aren’t sure how many died, but it’s estimated at over 300,000. In 2019 fires broke out in the Amazon rainforests hitting Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia due to an extremely intense dry season, and it’s estimated that up to 80,000 individual fires ravaged the rainforests causing unprecedented damage and loss of life to humans and wildlife. The fires were that intense that they were observed by the International Space Station (ISS), as 3,500 square miles of forest was destroyed, which caused grave international concern due to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Yet, whilst all this destruction was taking place, god lovingly watched.‬

‪During the last century, famine has been common place in areas of Africa, especially Ethiopia where millions of men, women, and children have died from starvation, or disease from contaminated water. The worst famine occurred in 1984 and this resulted in the Live Aid concert to raise awareness and funds to attempt to counter the devastation, but 36 years on the death toll is still there. Whilst Africa is notably affected by famine, China has suffered greatly over the centuries, and not just from the Great Leap Forward who Mao Zedong was responsible for. In India from 1876 to the turn of the twentieth century, up to 20,000,000 have perished through famine due to crop failure and seed shortages. Between 1845 to 1849 the Great Hunger hit Ireland resulting in over 1,000,000 deaths and 2,000,000 being forced to relocate over seas. This was a result from potatoes being contaminated with a disease called potato blight, that is caused from mould called Phytophthora infestans.

Yet, whilst all this was taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪The Dust Bowl of North America was a series of severe dust storms that destroyed agriculture and paved the way for a number of droughts, killing plants, livestock and humans. As well as causing serious malnutrition to a great many people who relied on the local agriculture, the spread of disease was rife, and many were infected with dust pneumonia, rickets, and valley fever (a fungal infection of the lungs). Between 2006 and 2010, Syria was hit by its worst drought in history, taking the lives of over 200,000 and turning the farmland into desert. 1.5,000,000 people were displaced. In 2011, Somalia was hit by a drought, and its agriculture and livestock was destroyed, and claimed the lives of 260,000.

Yet, whilst all this destruction was taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪In between 1918 and 1920 the world was hit by the Spanish flu, which attacks the respiratory system. It’s claimed that up to 500,000,000 were infected, and it claimed the lives of approximately 50,000,000 worldwide in just 18 months. It’s the most deadly pandemic that the world has ever seen. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), often leads on to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that 35,000,000 have died from the illness, and there are currently an estimated 7,000,000 infected in Africa. The illness was discovered in 1984, so that means on average, 970,000 die every year.

Yet, whilst all this is taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪”And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” – Exodus 15:26‬

‪Throughout history, billions of people have died from diseases and illness, and as you can see from the above quote, god admits to being responsible, but don’t forget kids, he loves us all. ‬