The curious absence of creationism from the news requires that we present you with another Creative Challenge. This one is similar to a few previous challenges, including:
Challenge #19, in which we asked: What one fact, or what one zinger of a question, would you present to a creationist?
Challenge #16, which showed up as Creationist Wisdom #523, in which we asked: What can be said (in a paragraph or less) to change the mind of a creationist who claims that all the evidence of evolution is better explained by a miracle?
We’ve also asked the opposite side of the question. In Challenge #7, in which we asked: Credible evidence for the intelligent designer’s existence would be: _________.
You know that we are opposed to debates (or even conversations) with creationists, because Debating Creationists is Dumber Than Creationism. And we’ve advised against single-fact arguments, because there is no one piece of evidence that “proves” the theory of evolution. — see Where’s the Proof — Evolution’s “Smoking Gun”?
Nevertheless, we can’t help wondering: If you were asked for help by someone who had agreed to debate a creationist, although you know that professional creationists are adept at sliming their way out of any logical contradiction, what one killer question would you suggest that he ask his drooling opponent, or what one undeniable fact should he use to confront his opponent?
Note — we’ve previously proposed A Few Questions for Creationists, and then A Few More Questions for Creationists. Those two posts and the comments to our previous challenges offer useful suggestions, and it’s okay if you repeat the best of that stuff, but we’re hoping you can come up with a new killer question or verifiable fact that would — or should — stop a creationist cold.
The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: A successful entry should be self-explanatory. You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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