24 November 2010

The Bungling Creator

I had to laugh the other day, when the news reported yet another natural disaster on some tropical island.  The town had been smashed to bits and half the people drowned.

That wasn't the funny part.  It's what the survivors did next.
They went to the church that the Catholics had kindly enforced provided, to praise the lord for saving them.  A crystal clear demonstration of how religion lowers peoples' powers of reasoning to the level of a coconut.

Why would a perfect god create so much imperfection?
What kind of a Homer Simpson of a creator makes a world with natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes and floods and viral epidemics.
Then we've got the millions of failed extinct species, total silliness like flightless birds, and whales & snakes with partial leg bones.

There is even no sense in making creatures that need to eat and crap and die. Why design nature that is brutal and leads to copious animal suffering? Why make nature competitive? Why not just make it cooperative?

Why design an eye that can be blind? You can't read any holy scriptures then. You might be deaf too, so nobody can read them to you either.

Doh.

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