ORIGINS OF RELIGION, 11: GODDIDIT
Long ago when Homo sapiens
was not advanced and humans began questioning why they were there and what or who made the universe, some bright individual—the first shaman?—answered the equivalent of “God did it”.
His or her simplicity was excusable because they were early times. What’s inexcusable is that many people in our world’s scientifically advanced, highly-educated countries still resort to “Goddidit”.
Wiktionary summarises the sardonic alternative:
“Goddidit”, as now used, “is a sarcastic assertion that because something has not been satisfactorily explained by science, it is therefore evidence of God”.
Dec 7, 1997, Chris Kennedy, Fighting something that doesn't exist, alt.atheism:
“Yes, well, I'm not surprised. I'll bet a lot of things are puzzling to you. But you can just say goddidit and forget about them, can't you?”
Apr 28, 1998, Kevin Jaget, Either God or matter has existed for eternity, talk.atheism:
“Anything we can possibly observe can be explained by Goddidit, after the fact. If it rains, goddidit. If it didn't, goddidit. If the Earth is round, goddidit. If the Earth isn't round, goddidit. It explains everything, but predicts nothing, and is therefore a totally content-free statement”.
Sep 10, 1999, Al Klein, Recreating the Origins of Life, alt.talk.creationism:
“How did whales survive in a fresh-water ocean for a year? Goddidit. How did any totally impossible thing happen?”
2003, Leslie G. Howarth, Genesis 2.0: The Search for the Truth Continues, p. 188:
“The search for the truth is not over yet. In the previous chapter I described how creationism believes the opposite and tends to argue against science rather than providing answers to critical questions, usually falling back upon its untested and unproven "Goddidit" hypothesis”.
Then next—on looking at www.rationalwiki.com/
“Goddidit is essentially the simplest possible explanation for the universe. It is the answer to every and all religious questions taken to their extreme end. If you're wondering how speaking the universe into existence actually works, you're a heretic . . . The concept of 'God did it' can be used to create unfalsifiable theories. A creationist need never doubt creation because God could have made anything.”
Yes, and so could the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
And so today, ‘Goddidit’ goes on evoking the same old fictions as they are drawn from the book of futility that is creationism and brainless ‘intelligent design’.