reply to post by Spiramirabilis
Earth formed approximately 4.54 billion years ago by accretion from the solar nebula, and life appeared on its surface within one billion
Alright. So we have a starting point...and remember, Earth most likely did not form instantaneously after the legendary Big Bang.
Humans (known taxonomically as Homo sapiens, Latin for "wise man" or "knowing man") are the only living species in the Homo genus.
Anatomically modern humans originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago, reaching full behavioral modernity around 50,000 years ago.
Okay. So we, as Homo Sapiens, reasoning man, fully matured, have been around for about...1/100 of Earth's current existence. Great.
Christianity began as a Jewish sect in the mid-1st century.
And Christianity began less than 2,000 years ago. During a time, I might add, that we believed the earth was flat and the sun revolved around us.
The term atheism originated from the Greek ἄθεος (atheos), meaning "without god", used as a pejorative term applied to those thought to
reject the gods worshipped by the larger society. With the spread of freethought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion,
application of the term narrowed in scope. The first individuals to identify themselves using the word "atheist" lived in the 18th
And atheism didn't start until...200 years or so ago. By the way, I pulled all of these quotes from Wikipedia...feel free to double check my work. I
know it's quoted out of context, but I pasted the relevant data.
So what we have here is a religion that has existed for approximately 2,000 years...as compared to the existence of Homo Sapiens, which has existed
for approximately 50,000...as compared to Earth, which has been around (according to the most fervent and zealous studies conducted by the top paid
researchers in the world) for over 4 billion years.
So compared to 4 billion years, we expect to know everything about where everything came from in 2,000 years, and any questions we can't answer, we
just respond to with, "Oh, we don't need to. God has it covered."
Same with atheists. They just started popping up, apparently...especially considering God's love for us includes earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes,
rape, homicide, plague, famine, and duplicity rampant across the globe. Can't really say I blame them.
My point here is, the numbers are stacked against the odds of us knowing the first thing about where we really came from. Let's just admit we don't
know, and go on living our lives...after all, if it takes a wise spirit from nowhere to convince you to be nice to your neighbor, you're really a
sad, pathetic little person. That's the message I got out of watching Christmas Carol, anyway.