This is my entry for Ray Comfort’s “Why I Don’t Believe in God” contest. It’s impossible to fit all the reasons not to believe in God in 200 words, so this is my very selective attempt. It’s a shame I couldn’t fit examples to back up my points — it will make it easy for Ray to “refute” it. But that’s the point of limiting it to 200 words, I guess.
My journey to atheism began as I studied science. I gradually traveled from young earth creationism to old earth creationism to theistic evolution to atheistic evolution. Evolution elegantly refuted my belief that design required a designer. I also realized the probability of an “infinitely complex” God was inherently more improbable than any other cosmological solution, because something infinitely complex is infinitely improbable.
I studied the history of the Bible. Eventually I acknowledged its messy history, contradictions, horrors and absurdities. It had no more evidence of being from God than any other holy book. Without blind belief in the Bible, there was no evidence for the supernatural claims of Christianity. Furthermore, I realized that miraculous claims were always based on anecdote. There was never any evidence, only tall tales.
Long ago, man, in his ignorance, created gods to make sense of the world. Then, when that failed, man created science. Science has been the most successful way of discovering truth ever invented. For example, we no longer have to pray for the sick or exorcise demons – we heal with medicine. Science has, in every way, proven far more effective than religion.
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Update: Looks like Ray already picked a winner, even though the contest hasn’t ended. You’ve got to read the winner — I’m not usually surprised by anything Ray does, but call me surprised. I have no idea how that entry won.
Update 2: Ray’s response: “No one gave any reasons.” Another one of his lies. He said in the previous post, “You won the $100, with your reason for not believing in God.” Which one is it, Ray?
Maybe I should have a contest asking Christians to give their reasons for believing Jesus is God, then pick something that doesn’t even address it, saying that there are no reasons to believe in Jesus is God. No, even I — an atheist who Ray doesn’t think has morals — wouldn’t do something like that.
Update 3: What Ray quoted ends up not being the winner’s essay. He quoted something else, confusing things more than he usually does. Here’s the winning entry. Congratulations, Kaitlyn!
Update 4: Ray changed “with your reason” to “with your excuse.” How shocking!