A recent commenter here, Justin, got me to finally register with YouTube, though he won’t know it until he reads this. I clicked back on his name in my comments last week, and found he was in the process of an anticipated series of posts at his blog 100 Treatises, responding to a Christian YouTube video entitled, 5 Questions every intelligent atheist MUST answer. He’s completed them, addressing each question seriatum in five posts, in the process smashing the premise of the video to little tiny bits. Take a look at them here, here, here, here and here. As a read these, I thought “It would be so simple to create a video in response that asked 5 questions Christians MUST answer.” If only I had the technical capability. Then I looked in the list of suggested similar videos in the right column on YouTube, and saw that someone beat me to it. Not only that, but the response was 10 questions every intelligent Christian MUST answer.
In addition to these questions, there are so many more that one could ask. For instance, why is the universe, supposedly created just for us, totally and practically unreachable by humans due to its sheer size? Was something so immense created as a mere backdrop so that we could enjoy an infinitesimally small portion of it as pretty twinkling night lights, never having any experience of the rest until science invented the telescope?
Or, how about, if god took the time and trouble to send his “only begotten son” to Earth to save us from the sins he created and subsequently duped us into committing, why didn’t he leave a better, more obvious means of explaining it? Why didn’t Jesus, while he was here, dictate or write something himself? Maye even create a video we could watch knowing in his omniscience that we would invent it?
The list could go on and on, but the theist will simply create rationalization after rationalization amounting to a whole body of apologetics to explain away all the inconsistencies, conundrums and sheer nonsense the questions raise. Clearly when someone wants to believe something irrational, there is nothing – evidence, logic, facts – that will stand in the way of waving away any and all inconvenient questions.
All we can do is keep asking them and hope the intelligent ones out there – the ones who really want to know the truth – will honestly answer them, instead of grasping at every rationalization offered by religion.
So. What other questions could we ask?