Monday, December 20, 2010
The Hubble Telescope - Atheism's Greatest Weapon
If Dinosaurs are atheism's gateway drug, then Astronomy is almost certainly atheism's crack cocaine.
While Dinosaurs let me in on the secret that the Bible could be wrong, Astronomy convinced me that God almost certainly didn't exist.
Thousands of galaxies in a seemingly empty patch of sky no larger than a grain of sand. Pictures of galaxies as they existed almost 13,000,000,000 years ago. Pictures of events that took place before our star or our planet had even formed. Pictures from near the birth of our Universe.
The images sent back by Hubble place our existence in perspective like nothing the ancients could ever have imagined. The ancients who wrote the Torah, the Talmud, the Bible, the Quran had no understanding of what they were looking at. They had no idea of the size or scope or scale of even our planet, let alone the Universe - so they can be forgiven for believing that we are somehow privileged, somehow special, somehow important. Their narcissistic and egotistical assumption that the Creator of the Universe is interested in us might make sense in a world where it was believed that the Earth was the center of the Universe, that the sun and planets orbited it, and the stars were simply a sparkly sphere surrounding it.