You've got the fine tuning thing wrong. The universe is not fine tuned for life. Your God is an incompetent designer if it takes that volume of universe to create this insignificant volume of life. Seriously, life is so rare in the Universe it's astonishing.
This isn’t just a scientific question, it’s also a theological one, so I’m interested to see the range of your responses—leave them in the comments below! Brett’s video response will be posted on Thursday. (If you’d like to see some hints as to how I’d go about answering this one, see here and here.)
Worshipping gods is futile and is nothing more than an ancient primitive custom practiced by weak minded and superstitious people. It has no place in the 21st century. The reason we have life in this world is to experience life in this world, not to spend our entire lives studying an old book, looking up to the sky and worshipping an invisible ruler in another realm.
How would you go about responding to a friend who had this view? How would you challenge this challenge? Tell us what you think in the comments, and then we’ll hear from Alan on Thursday.
Many people believe that without religion, the planet would descend into immoral chaos. The reality is that the majority of heinous crimes committed against people on this planet across all of recorded history had their roots on religious beliefs, but the ability to distinguish right from wrong does not require any religious beliefs. In addition, animals who are incapable of understanding our human concept of religion show clear evidence of understanding moral behavior and distinguishing between right and wrong.
What do you think? Tell us how you would respond to a friend who said this to you, then we’ll post Brett’s response on Thursday and you can see how you did.
The mortal enemy of faith is knowledge, a scientific fact that has been demonstrated by researchers at the University of British Columbia.The basis of any religion is that you must believe something someone else tells you is true, even though your mind tells you it is a lie and it makes no sense. There is name for that: fideism. Without fideism, the concept of religion would not exist.
Give your answer to this objection in the comments below, then check back here on Thursday to hear Brett’s answer. (And if you’re interested in seeing a response to the study cited above, see here.)