Most of you know your Curmudgeon’s position on creationist debates: Debating Creationists is Dumber Than Creationism.
But it could sometimes happen that you’re briefly stuck with a creationist, and before you can disengage, he raises the subject and asks you why you’re an evolutionist. Is there a reasonably polite response one make that could actually be effective? After giving this some thought, we might have something.
Although the bible is very clear that The Earth Is Flat!, most creationists somehow aren’t flat earthers. If the creationist you’re confronted with isn’t a flat-earther there might be something that you could do.
Simply ask him why — in spite of what the bible says in several passages — he’s not a flat-earther.
If the person you’re talking to is a flat-earther, then the situation is clearly hopeless and you should swiftly disengage. But if, like most people — even creationists — he’s not a flat-earther, then how could he respond to your question? He’ll probably say something like: “It looks like a sphere. You can travel around it. You can see photos of it taken from space. You can talk with people in the other hemisphere and they’ll tell you that when it’s night time for them they see different stars than you do when it’s night time here.”
If he responds with any of that, he’s actually giving you a factual, rational reason for believing the earth is a sphere. You could — briefly — say to him that the same kind of thinking — fact based and rational — is what prevents you from being a creationist.
That’s how we would handle it, and at that point we would quit the conversation and leave as quickly and politely as possible.
Will the creationist ponder the situation and then change his thinking about creationism? Probably not. That would require him to think: “Hey, despite what the bible says, we can actually see that the Earth is a sphere. Therefore …” Assuming the typical creationist will never have a train of thought like that, what have you accomplished? Probably nothing.
Can you think of anything else that might have potential for waking up a creationist? Anything at all? The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: 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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