Turning away from error is not the same thing as
moving toward the truth. - Michael Armstrong
Questions that challenge the paradigm of
Key Questions from Richard Dawkins
"Just for a moment, imagine
that there really is a supreme being who created all things, including
the human race. Would he (or she or it) give you such a highly developed
brain and then punish you for using it?"
"Would the most advanced
life-form in the universe devise such grand concepts as DNA, nuclear
fusion, and quantum mechanics and then spend all eternity fussing about
whether you regularly sing to him, vote against gay marriage, or accept
on faith that Earth is only 6,000 years old when there is a mountain of
evidence to the contrary?"
These are only two! There are many
more, and a thousand such could be asked.
Other Pertinent Questions
Since God created these human
beings that seek him, endeavor to understand him, and seek to have a relationship
with him, shouldn't he have created them with the
potential to succeed at this?
Why would this "God" answer some
very trivial prayers and let millions of other praying humans be
captured, imprisoned, burned
at the stake, gassed, dismembered, disemboweled, decapitated, shot, and/or otherwise
tortured and killed?
Since God is supposed to know
everything that will happen in the future, why didn't he create a reality
where sin and evil would not arise?
Why are the Christian church's
leadership roles overwhelmingly the province of males, and yet the
congregations are about 60% female in composition?
Why would the slaughter, and
sacrifice by burning, of innocent animals placate God when he is angry?
Why would "God" generally rely
upon flawed, fallible human agents—prophets and priests, etc.—as an
intercessor in his communication with us? Doesn't this introduce enormous
risks for subversion, oppression, predation, misunderstanding and other
mischief, which we are constantly seeing?
Why did "God" design the female
sex structure to be between the two sewage outlets, where it would be
subject to a greater incidence of contamination and disease?
How can "God" legitimately say that his mercy
endures forever, when according to popular Christian belief he is going to burn people alive forever?
Why did "God" create so many
vicious animals, poisonous reptiles, venomous sea creatures, dangerous
vectors and carriers of disease, and troublesome insects?
Why do we have so many agents of disease,
such as parasites, fungus, bacteria, microbes, viruses, etc.
Why are we subject to so many
genetic and hereditary problems?
Why would "God" turn loose upon
rather helpless humans a vicious superior being like what the Devil is
thought to be? Why was it reasonable to pit Eve, the newest, most innocent
and ignorant being, against Satan, the oldest and wisest being?
Why does the human male sexual
interest and drive peak during his teenage years, long before he has a
chance of being ready for a benevolent, mature relationship?
Why is the human habitat, the
earth, so prone to natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, hurricanes,
tornadoes, droughts, volcanoes, floods, intersecting comets and asteroids, etc.,
from which we cannot protect ourselves adequately?
Why would a caring, loving
merciful systems designer that eschews the suffering and destruction of
life forms create the violent predatory competition system of nature
known to be "red in tooth and tong"?
If the Bible is the vessel of
God's revelation to us, why is it so full of contradictions, enigmas and
translational errors? Why didn't God give a nudge to the typesetter who left
out the word "not" in the seventh commandment of the KJV Bible
published by Barker and Lucas in 1631?
Why did the vaunted Creator
create humans with legitimate, intrinsic needs and desires that cannot be realistically
fulfilled in our reality?
Why is there a multitude of
similar questions that can be asked?