Intelligent Design vs. The Great Karnak!

Intelligent Design?

I did something I rarely do at a debate—I lost my temper. Normally, I can let ignorance roll like water from a duck’s back, but sometimes there are such stunning and dazzling displays of dunce-hood that make it hard to catch your breath or focus clearly. I debate regularly at a local “higher education” institution for theology. Like in the Barnes and Noble store the irony of a term like “Christian Fiction” is lost in the same smoke that clouds minds with “theological higher education,” but that is not what set me off on a 30-minute rant about intelligent design (ID).

Of course, I said there was nothing intelligent about it and posited the question, “Rather than have human beings born helpless and needy, why didn’t God just give us all the knowledge he has so we could be productive from the womb and, perhaps, even assist the doctor in the delivery?” A hush fell over the room, but a brave soul stood and recited dogma saying, “No one knows the mind of God.” That set me off. Since Intelligent Design was the subject, I asked what university granted God a diploma as a designer or engineer? Yahweh U?

I picked up where Neil deGrasse Tyson left off by asking the students, “What engineer or designer would place a playpen next to a toxic waste dump? Why can birds see better than human beings? Why are our ears facing forward, when I need to know if some Christian is about to sneak up from behind and Shanghai me away to the Vatican or Pat Robertson’s house?” Why can’t I regenerate organs like other animals? Why does anyone need to be taught about God? It seems that would be a priority for such an egotistical bastard.

Why does God need to test anyone? He already knows the answers. If he does not then perhaps he is nothing more than the Great Karnak, if that good. Why is Satan allowed to exist? Is it for warped entertainment, or, is it because he cannot do damn a thing about him. Why don’t my nails retract? Why do I need sunglasses instead of just a film that naturally slips over my eyes to protect me from harmful effects of the sun? By the way, it seems a little advanced planning could have produced a sun without those harmful rays.

Suddenly, I realized that no one was talking asides from me. I was highly embarrassed by my outburst, apologized to the instructor, the students and left the scene. On the way home, I cursed myself for allowing such an outburst to mark my presence at Yahweh U. My telephone rang while I was working my way back to a dark spot to hide my shame. It was the professor that invited me. He just wanted to tell me that there was no need to apologize and that they wanted me back, but this time in the auditorium so more people could participate, including instructors.

I guess I didn’t piss them off as much as I thought because many wanted to know my sources and how I could rattle them off without referring to notes. I was still ashamed, but I suppose I showed that non-believers actually have solid reasons for not believing. Until next time: “Cogito ergo sum."

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Comment by MolotovDerp on August 23, 2012 at 10:01pm

The whole nobody knows what God has in store is simply a non-answer when they know they have no argument. I agree with everything you said.

Was this a theology class, a college dedicated to theology or a private Christian university? I'm trying to get a bit more context.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 23, 2012 at 4:18pm

Don, I admire your passion and honesty.  When people talk ab out "Being real", this is what I think of.  Yahweh is fictional, but is one of the cruelist and most flawed of fictional gods - insisting that we believe in him with no first hand evidence, faith with no good reason to be faithful.  Cruel - wanting us to think that the torture and murder of his "son", results in forgiveness of all humans, for being human, but continuing to punish all with eternal torture if we don't believe in stories that have passed through many hands and agendas.  And of course, Intelligent Design, a new concept, that is not described in scripture or mentioned by any theologian until the ascendency of today's reactionary christian pundits - ain't we special, to be living in this time, 2,000 years after the supposed Jesus, when his daddy Yahweh finally reveals that all of biology is part of "his" "design".

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on August 23, 2012 at 2:51pm

Lets give credit where it is owing. The designer saw Charley Darwin coming and he laid the framework to prove that the word of god is falso. And then inspite of the contradictions many would continue to believe. Now that is some intelligent design.

As for your rant it is a good thing because it tends to show that you were speaking with conviction. And that poses a greater challenge than professorial book talk.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 23, 2012 at 12:39pm

Nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about.  That they didn't have an answer to your rant is as likely a result of the fact that They Don't Have An Answer AT ALL as it is their being taken aback at the rant.

"No one knows the mind of god" is a bullshit cop-out and hardly an explanation.  And while I'm at it, the following has been a favorite of mine lately:

... in dealing with certain types you must step on their toes until they apologize.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Comment by Edward Teach on August 23, 2012 at 12:22pm

Beautiful!!! I totally got a vicarious kick out of your rant

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on August 23, 2012 at 11:48am

Je pense donc je suis ? C'est bon à savoir !

 

Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 11:22am

I would be angry too. Intelligent Design is fiction - like you say.

I have students bring it up in class when I am teaching Evolution and Natural Selection.

I always enjoy your blogs and writings.

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