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48 Sure-Fire “gotcha” questions for Atheists! (part 6) June 22, 2015

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One last set and we’re done.

41. How did the moon form?

Finally, one question that is not stupid!!  Congratulations!!

One hypothesis is that the moon formed early in the formation of the solar system.  Most likely the newly forming earth was struck by another very large body, and the debris from this collision coalesced into the moon.  This explanation fits a lot of the things we know about the moon, but not everything.

There are other possibilities:  Perhaps the Earth and Moon formed together out of the same part of the original accretion disc.  But that leaves open the question of why Venus does not have a similar moon, or why our system has so much angular momentum.  Or perhaps the moon formed separately, and was captured by earth’s gravity.  We are learning more all the time

moon-formation

Kapow!

42. Did you know that famous scientists like Newton, Sir Richard Owen, Einstein, Galileo, and Copernicus were creationists?

Einstein was certainly not a creationist.  He said, in a 1954 letter “It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”  So it’s a really bad idea to lump Einstein in with the others.

Each of those other men were raised in religion-soaked atmospheres, and despite that each discovered an important part of how the universe works.  (In the case of Copernicus and Galileo, the church did everything they could to put a stop to their work and suppress their results.)   Newton invented calculus but also believed in alchemy.  Does that mean we are under an obligation to believe in alchemy too?  These were brilliant men, but they weren’t prophets.

43. Why do we not see black people come from white people?

Because evolution only moves in small steps and takes a long time.  We’ve gone over this before.  Isolate a population for thousands of years, in an environment where darker skinned people have better reproductive success than lighter skinned people, and when you check back their descendants  will probably have generally darker skins.

very-gradual-change-we-can-believe-in

 

44. Why are fruitflies still fruitflies in the lab experiments if they are claimed to prove evolution?

Sigh.  Again, because evolution only moves in small steps and takes a long time.  We haven’t been at the lab experiments long enough.

45. Did you know that the Piltdown Man was a hoax used for Darwinist propaganda?

No, because it wasn’t.  Piltdown man was a hoax perpetrated on scientists by people who wanted the evidence to show that humans had evolved in Great Britain instead of Africa.  (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a strong suspect for being one of the perpetrators.)  And it was the scientists who exposed the hoax, by doing science the right way.  They collected actual evidence from many places, evaluated all of it, and realized that Piltdown didn’t match anything else they had found, not by a longshot, which was suspicious.  Once they developed the tools for dating bones, they quickly determined that it was not an ancient skull but a modern fake.

 

The Piltdown bones, a medieval cranium and a stained orang-utan jaw.

The Piltdown bones, a medieval cranium and a stained orang-utan jaw planted in a quarry. Scientists exposed it as a forgery in 1953.

46. Why do we not see frogs turn into birds?

One more time!  Because evolution only moves in small steps and takes a long time!  The last common ancestor of birds and frogs was over 300 million years ago (and was neither a bird, nor a frog).  Both lineages have been adapting in different directions ever since then.  The amount of difference between the anatomy of a bird and a frog is so large that you are unlikely to see something of that magnitude happen again unless you are willing to wait hundreds of millions of years.

47. Why is Fox News dishonest if it is a network run by truthful Christians?

You’ve already stated the problem right there. You are assuming that being christian makes one more likely to tell the truth, whereas this is not the case.  Christians have a vested interest in never having to change their minds about anything they believe.  So if truth is getting in the way of faith, it’s the truth that has to go, not the faith.  So Fox is the channel of self-deception and confirmation bias.  They don’t tell it like it is, they tell it like they want it to be, and trust that their viewers will never bother to check on the facts.

48.  Why did Hitler fail to make a superior race if evolution is true?

Triple Facepalm

Triple Facepalm

Now you’ve invoked Godwin’s Law, which I suppose is as good a way as any to conclude a really long list of stupid questions.  Hitler was not using natural selection, he was trying to use artificial selection, which has been known and used for thousands of years by farmers.  And that kind of selective breeding doesn’t make plants and animals superior, it makes them different.  We breed in traits that are useful to us, but that comes at a cost of the change or loss of other traits.  Bananas are lovely and seedless, but that has resulted in all our banana plants being grown from shoots, and so they are genetically identical and a blight that kills one plant will kill them all.  Wheat and corn can no longer reproduce without human assistance, sheep must be sheared because they no longer naturally shed their winter fleece, and most of our domestic animals are now too stupid to be able to avoid predators.  

If Hitler had had enough time (which he didn’t because humans breed so slowly,  and also because we rightly put a stop to it) he might have produced people that were different, but could not have created the supermen he envisioned.

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Finally done!  Has anybody else out there been asked any questions that are worthy of a list like this?

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1. N. E. White - June 22, 2015

wow, thanks for pushing through to the end. where did you get these questions?

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ubi dubium - June 22, 2015

There’s a link to the website where I found the list in the first post in this series. I didn’t put the link in each post, because I didn’t want to give him that many pingbacks. I took a look at some of the other posts on their site to see if they were serious, or whether it’s a parody, and I’n still not sure. If they’re serious, they’re scary!

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2. inconvenientopinion - June 23, 2015

Lol here’s to hoping those questions were meant as parody.

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makagutu - June 23, 2015

I hope so too

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3. makagutu - June 23, 2015

You have done a superb job mate.
But you have ruined it for me, I thought the moon was made of cheese

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ubi dubium - June 23, 2015

I once saw a movie that proved it was! If you can’t believe Wallace and Grommit, who can you believe?

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john zande - June 23, 2015

Cheeeeese!

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5. tiffany267 - June 23, 2015

Great efforts! But try refuting this brilliant claim against us silly atheists: http://rainingpuns.tumblr.com/post/122279724135/atheists-dont-solve-exponential-equations-because

Seriously though, I don’t know how you had the patience to go through all those answers, but thank you for sharing! 🙂

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6. iDikko - June 25, 2015

Hahaha, classic..

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7. Nan - June 25, 2015

Re: question 43 — apparently this person missed the classes on genetics.

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ubi dubium - June 25, 2015

Among many other classes, apparently. Or spent their entire schooling with their fingers in their ears shouting “LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!” and then feeling all virtuous for having learned nothing.

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8. boomslang - July 13, 2015

“Why do we not see frogs turn into birds?”

Never mind that if we did witness frogs turning into birds, it would actually disprove evolution.

Leave it to creationists to ask all the wrong questions.

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9. Ellen Hawley - July 14, 2015

Wrong. The moon was formed by a juvenile god who started to make a massive rock tortilla but got bored and abandoned it in its current shape. Any thinking person knows that.

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