Dear Christian reader. Let me pose a scenario to you. I say a whole bunch of things and say they are true. I claim that if you ask George, he will confirm all that I say is true.
I say yesterday I got home at 5 PM, then left my house and went out for a jog. Around 6 PM I was back home, showered and changed, then went out with a friend to a movie and caught the 7:30 showing of “The Happytime Murders” with Melissa McCarthy.
Curious, you ask George. George confirms I own a house, but he saw me at the bar around 5:30, noted I was there for quite some time, and as I write this today, “The Happytime Murders” won’t be in theater for another 10 days.
I have a question, dear Christian. Does George confirm my story? Unless you are a fool, the answer is clearly “no.”
I mention this because this is the tactic used by any person that utters the phrase “science supports the bible.” Either that person is a fool, or they think I am.
Just because George confirmed I own a house does not confirm a single other detail of my story, and much of my story is in conflict with George’s account. And similarly, because science has confirmed that the Earth hasn’t always existed does not confirm that God poofed it into existence in 6 days, and about 6000 years ago. Quite contrary to biblical claims, the conclusions of science involve billions of years and natural processes. This stands in stark opposition to the creation story.
The sun was not created after the earth, and certainly was not created after the sun. Animals evolved. The moon does not give off light, and there is no such thing as “lesser light.” Rabbits do not chew their cud. Breeding sheep don’t have striped offspring if they see stripes. The sun isn’t carried across the sky, and can’t stop for a while.
Jerusalem and Jerico may have existed, but that doesn’t confirm the life and times of Joshua or Jesus. Further, the archeological record contrasts these stories in numerous ways.
Animals may not be able to breed with other “kinds” of animals, as the bible says. But then again, anyone living in an agricultural community should know cows can’t breed with pigs. Sure, DNA now inform us why that is true, but it isn’t exactly revealed wisdom.
And invoking DNA to try and prove the bible is right about that ignores that DNA confirms evolution, which of course contradicts the bible yet again.
You can’t invoke science, and at the same time reprimand those that follow the science. This is cherry picking to a high degree. Yet at every step, the bulk of science is completely ignored, and a tiny sliver of science, stated quite vaguely, that can seem to match a biblical saying, is somehow immediately vindicated? I should not have to reiterate, but this is not very convincing.
So please, dear Christian, stop saying that science confirms the bible. Don’t do it for me, do it for George. He says I’m right.
The Spartan Atheist