This may never amount to much, but we’ve been tinkering with what may become a useful compendium of rapid responses to the most frequent claims of creationists. This isn’t intended to be a debate resource, because as you know, we believe that Debating Creationists is Dumber Than Creationism.
Also, this isn’t intended to be a response to every crazy claim a creationist might make. We have no intention of trying to duplicate the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims. Nor is it as ambitious as our Common Creationist Claims Confuted, which discusses some relatively complicated issues (micro-macro, etc.). This is a list of quickies only.
What follows is only the beginning of the compendium — a brief collection of the most common creationist claims, followed by what we think is an appropriate rapid response. We welcome your suggestions for additions:
Claim: Atheistic science is an excuse for wickedness.
Response: Professional scientists are virtually absent from every compilation of prison statistics.
Claim: Darwin inspired Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc.
Response: Factually absurd — see, e.g.: Darwin, Churchill, and Hitler, and Marx, Stalin, and Darwin. Additionally, unlike science, religion has been a frequent excuse for aggression — see, e.g.: Inquisition, and Religious war, and European wars of religion.
Claim: The bible says the Earth is young (or some other assertion).
Response: It also says, dozens of times, that The Earth Is Flat!
Claim: You have no proof of (whatever).
Response: Either: (1) We do have evidence (citation); or (2) we’re working on it. Meanwhile, you have no verifiable evidence for any of your claims.
Claim: I’m trying to save you from the Lake of Fire.
Response: Thanks, but there’s no evidence that such a place exists, and your deity allegedly condemned me to go there before I was born.
Claim: The cause is supernatural.
Response: Supernatural means: outside of nature, unobservable, and incomprehensible. In other words, you’re clueless.
That’s all we’ve got so far; it may be all we’ll ever have. If you can suggest something additional — we’re looking for only the most popular creationist claims — we’d appreciate your input.
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