This article isn’t proof or evidence that there is no God. I mean, it’s logically impossible to prove a negative anyway. But people that are skeptical about god claims at the very least have a pretty good track record.
I’m not discussing miracles here, I’m talking about day-to-day phenomenon that the religious of yesteryear (and sometimes still this year) believed was the direct result of a god doing something. So, just how good of a track record do the gods have? Well, let’s explore.
Thunder was once thought to be gods banging things in the sky. Nope, natural forces. It is the noise generated from lightning.
Lightning was thrown by the gods. Nope, natural forces. Lightning is static electricity, generated in clouds.
Strong waves. Nope, natural causes. Wind in the middle of a large body of water can make fairly large waves, and an underwater earthquake can generate massive waves.
Earthquakes. Nope, natural causes. Continental plates pushing by each other sometimes slip and release a lot of energy that transfers through the ground.
The sun was thought to move across the sky carried by a god. Nope, natural causes. The earth is actually a ball-shaped object that spins, giving us the illusion of movement.
Volcano eruptions. Nope, natural causes. At fractures in the continental crust, pressure can build and the liquid rock is ejected upward.
Red tides. Nope, natural phenomenon. It’s an algae bloom.
Bountiful harvest. Nope, natural phenomenon. Modern farmers use a variety of scientific advances to create optimal soil conditions, water conditions, innovative hybrid seeds, and to control pests and weeds.
Rain. Nope, natural causes. Same with snow and hail. Water vapor in the atmosphere collects as clouds, and when cooled returns to a liquid state and falls.
Seasons. Nope natural causes. Our planet leans relative to the plane of the sun, and the hemisphere tilted away receives less sun for that part of the year, making days shorter, and the atmosphere cooler. As we rotate around the sun, the hemisphere that got less sun now gets more, and the atmosphere warms up.
Mountains rising. Nope, natural causes. Tectonic plates running into each other push upward.
Elevation of leaders. Nope, natural causes. Leaders rise by cunning, intelligence, violence, or political maneuvering. What they tell their subjects is another thing.
Tornadoes. Nope, natural causes. Under certain conditions, hot and cold air masses meeting cause rapid circulation of air, with one end dropping due to the temperature variation.
Hurricanes. Nope, natural causes. Warm rising water vapor begins rotating as the earth spins under it.
Movement of the stars. Nope, natural causes. We are a ball going around a much bigger ball that is the sun, and the stars are all huge balls very, very far away. As we move, our perspective changes.
Disease caused by demons. Nope, natural causes. Bacteria, viruses, brain degradation, and other causes are to blame.
Retrograde motion of planets. Nope, natural causes. The planets appear to move backward at times, but this is because we’re going around the sun, not the sun around us, and as we move around the backside of the sun the more distant planets appear to move backward relative to us.
Arrow or bullet trajectory. Nope, natural causes. Arrows and bullets obey the law of gravity, and their trajectory can be determined with a high degree of precision.
Diversity of species. Nope, natural causes. Humans are evolved primates, and every living thing on the planet shares a common ancestor.
War success. Nope, natural causes. Military advantages include more troops, more war fighting platforms, more weapons, better technology, better intelligence, better terrain, better tactics, and responsive leaders. When an “inferior” force beats a “superior” force, it’s almost always because the inferior force has better intelligence.
Beginning of the universe. Nope, natural causes. The Big Bang started the entire universe moving and forming.
Formation of earth. Nope, natural causes. Gravity causes object in space to attract. Atoms combine to form specks, specks form dust clouds, dust clouds condense and form planets. Planets with certain elements become the firm planets.
Wind. Nope, natural causes. Air is a fluid, and as it warms it rises and descends as it cools.
Rainbows. Nope, natural causes. The moisture in the air acts as a prism and splits light into it’s wavelength colors.
Floods. Nope, natural causes. Heavy rains up river, or large storms offshore elevate the water level.
Tides. Nope, natural causes. The moon’s gravity causes the surface fluid of the earth (water) to oblongate slightly in relation to the crust.
Light and dark. Nope, natural causes, and they aren’t substances. Light rays travel in a straight line, and can be reflected off of objects. Dark is not a thing, it’s the absence of light.
Fire. Nope, natural causes. It’s a chemical reaction of a fuel source caused by heat.
Speaking and hearing. Nope, natural causes. Sound waves are produced by vibrating vocal chords, refined by the shape of the throat, tongue, and cheeks. The ear senses the vibration and translates them for our brain. There is no magic thing in our throat.
Sight. Nope, natural causes. Eyes are not literally windows, they are bundles of light receptors behind a lens, and connected to the brain via neurons. There is also no magic in our eyes.
Witches were responsible for plagues. Nope, natural causes. Preparing food separate from the toilet and hand washing prevent most, and a bit of vaccination takes care of the rest. Also, witches aren’t real.
This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but I think I’ve made my point. So far, we’re at 0 for 31. The bible, by the way, is 0 for 19 on this list. This is an epic losing streak.
And you know, I hear all the religious folks doing their damndest to predict a win for their god soon. But let’s be real. I’m not saying your god won’t show up in the next big discovery. But I’m most definitely saying I won’t be holding my breath.
The Spartan Atheist