Slog - The Stranger's Blog

Line Out

The Music Blog

« 2005: The Year of the Gravely ... | Tiny Tastebuds Jump for Joy »

Friday, December 23, 2005

Permanent Eschatological Panic

Posted by on December 23 at 12:56 PM

This kind of nonsense (from the Seattle Times) makes my head explode. So natural selection is incompatible with an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God because 1. Richard Dawkins is a dick, 2. Darwin wanted to describe a system that didn’t lazily rely on a “well-I-don’t-know-what-happens-next-so-I-guess-it-has-something-to-do-with-Godā€¯ clause, and 3. the Almighty is incapable of working His magic through an evolutionary mechanism?

I’m no theologian, but can’t God do, like, whatever God wants? Unless you’re arguing for the immutability of species (which nobody is, since that would mean that dog shows, along with dinosaur bones, are Satanic trickery), there’s no reason an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God can’t be as compatible with natural selection as He is with… I dunno, the physical laws that hold up the flying buttresses of His gothic cathedrals.

Others have said it better and smarter, but it can’t be said often enough—the intelligent design debate (along with abortion, the war on Christmas, school prayer, and the rest of the maddening extra-Biblical nonsense) is really about ā€¯fundamentalistā€¯ Christianity’s persecution complex and permanent eschatological panic.

The arrogance of these bastards is staggering. They not only bully mere mortals, they put their omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God in a little box and tell Him what He can and can’t do. That’s stone-cold bullshit that should enrage true believers.