We Don’t Know Yet And That’s Okay
What started the Big Bang? Why don’t we have every transitional fossil in the history of our planet? Why do creationists usually end up lying about something in a debate? We just don’t know, yet.
Since the advent of the scientific method two things have been occurring: science has been gaining ground and religion has been losing it. We now know lightening is not the product of Zeus and afflictions are not demonic possession. My point is that science is a self-correcting process and what we have wrong today, might be corrected tomorrow, and will be corrected eventually. Scientific study has a great track record so far and I’ve seen no sound reason not to trust it.
One thing I think every atheist needs to come to terms with is saying “I don’t know.” I usually say something akin to “We don’t know for sure yet, but there’s some really compelling evidence that suggests…” I don’t see the same thing on the other side of the fence. They bring up some issue and it has been debunked for twenty years. You explain why and then they just move on to another debunked idea or they bring up something they have no real understanding of and are just parroting more famous apologists. I feel this is intellectual dishonesty and it’s the fastest way to piss me off. If you can’t do a two minute search through Google then I’m not going to waste my time responding to you with an argument that doesn’t include my disdain for you.
I’m fine with not knowing everything yet. I don’t know the answer to every question but I want to know those answers and I try to find them out. Human curiosity has given us the airplane, the microscope, penicillin, the internet, all sorts of amazing things that would have never come about if someone hadn’t tried to figure out why. You don’t assume a unicorn exists because someone can’t prove it doesn’t, you go out and do research and when you can’t find any shred of reproducible evidence you shelve the idea until someone finds something compelling and move on. You don’t base science on how your heart feels or that you wouldn’t want to live in a world where unicorns didn’t exist. You have to accept the possibility that you’re already living in that world and you seem to be doing just fine.
All ranting aside, one thing is certain; prayer will not uncover the holes in M-Theory, science will.
Do you think I’m wrong? Do you think prayer can uncover valid theories? Is there evidence of demonic possession in flu patients? Let me know in the comments!