Part 1: Creationism
In my series ”Religious Blasphemy”, (ehm, yes, still not struck down by the hand of God) it’s high time I adress the scientific concept of evolution, versus the concept of a braindead following of a bronze-age creation myth.
Let’s go back in time. I was a very serious christan child, 8 years old, sick at home and had just picked up a stack of books from the library on: Dinosaurs. I loved it! I loved the books from the grown-up part of the library even better. I was also interested that, in principal, the emergence of life on earth seemd quite well described in the book of Genesis. So when I held a two hour lecture at school and finally finished with the Archeopterix (made a huge drawing as illustration) and the emergence of another era, I was cut off by the teacher. She said I gave out quite a pretty story but that it was of course all nonsense because the Earth was created by God in six days.
Now I am rather dim about these things and although I thought it a very weird comment from my teacher I had no clue what she meant. It took a good twenty years before I heard of ”creationists”, and that they had a problem with Darwin, dinosaurs and the fossil record. And while I was musing that that was só typical for the hysterical Americans, the bizarre episode of my lecture suddenly came to my mind: ”So thàt’s what my teacher had been going on so many years ago! How utterly stone-age!” I can’t believe my parents send me to a school where I was taught stuff by people like that! (Actually I think my parents were rather sorry too)
Anyway, I will explain it for those who haven’t heard of ”Creationists”, or ”Intelligent design” (for that is what they call themselves lately). The adherents of Creationism/Intelligent design, (from now on Creationists) think that the bible is literally true. They don’t read a lot and so they don’t kow that the Bible is not only the orally transmitted myth-collection of a very primitive tribe of bronze age goat herders, but has been substantially editted through the ages as well.
The Judo/christian/muslim creation concept was thought up by tribes who lived in a very primitive world. Would you believe in creationism if this was brought to you for the first time right now? By a tribe who live the primitive pastoral life now? Like in Africa? Would you consider this man’s myths true? And conversly, existing, tangible scientific evidence false?
The same goes for muslims, they usually don’t know that their book, the Quran, was written down long after the Prophets death, by people who sort of remembered what he had said, it was collected on shards of pottery, bones, and orally related, and thus written down mostly in Syro Aramaic, but words of many different languages are in the Quran, to keep it for posterity. A bit later again it was written down in classical Arabic, and probably a bit messed up. The earliest copies show changes being made to the texts as well. So sorry, I do not believe any one of these books was written by God personally, because there is tangible, historical evidence they were not.
But many religious people choose to believe they were, and that therefore The Earth was literally created in 6 days, and is right now a few thousand years old. Andb they call themselves ”Creationists”.
And they also believe that dinosaurs, although difficult to find nowadays, have of course co-existed with humans, as is proven by ”the Flintstones”, movies like ”Jurassic Park”,
and many paintings of Jesus riding or cuddling Dinosaurs.
I always wonder why Christians don’t use evolutionary science as the proof that the bible has got the concept of the creation of life much better than for example ”The universe has been sneezed out of the left nostril of the Great Celestial Goat”.
So what’s up with all the fossils according to Creationists?
Well, apparently God is some kind of petty practical joker who is testing our faith, by providing full proof of the universe being billions and billions years old, and we are just a part of unending evolution and then expecting us not to believe it, but to adhere to the primitive musings of an illiterate bunch of bronze age goat herders.
I am failing this test big time.
Worse: I’m telling you so loud and clear, and yet have not been struck down by lightning, however blasphemous that may be.
(For the other articles on religious blasphemy (they are really good) check the ”category” widget to the right and select ”religious blasphemy”)