Since I start my new job, tomorrow, I’ve had to try getting up earlier. Blagh. Not fond of mornings.
Anyway, as I pointlessly tried to sleep last night, I was thinking (Damn brain, never turns off.) about evidence, and how people view it.
Now obviously we are supposed to be neutral when it comes to evidence, but we know people with an agenda (Not just theists, we’re guilty of it too, unfortunately) normally only notice evidence if it corresponds to their set of beliefs.
Theists typically gloss over evidence which is gradually showing their deity to be a God of The Gaps. The amount of denial and goalpost-shifting is astounding. These people will literally bend over backwards to stop their religion from looking silly, in the light of new discoveries. As individuals, we’re all guilty of a little bias, now and again, we’re all only human, after all. The problems arise, though, when groups have personal bias, for whatever reason, and then spout fallacies and bare-faced lies. The famous Answers In Genesis billboard comes to mind, or the Christian church outlawing telescopes, hundreds of years ago, afraid people might find out just too much for their faith.
So, today’s homework, kids, is to take a step back, try and remain utterly neutral, and take a look at the evidence for both sides. See what makes sense, then. Chances are, you can’t do it, I’m pretty certain I can’t, either, but it’d be interesting to see what someone truly neutral would have to say about the concept of God, wouldn’t it?
Right, I am hungry, so right now, it’s scavenging time. Peace.