Monday, November 14, 2005

Doom and Gloom Creationism

Christians and proponents of "intelligent design" (ID), meaning, well, less- fundamentalist Christians, believe that we've come to accompany this earth through divine help. Devout Christians will presumably be skeptical of evolution, believing the literal record described in Genesis, while ID'ers believe in evolution per se, but argue it got going by a higher power. But I think it's safe to say they both believe this creation was a product of love from a benevolent being of some kind.

Yet Noam Chomsky argues something rather different today. He has another alternative theory of design that's much darker than the rosy ID. One which those Christian defenders of choice will certainly want integrated into the curriculum to expose their children to all points of view. Plus his argument has the benefit of being proven at least logically correct by anyone with eyes and good ole commonsense. Something the ID'ers can't accomplish in the least. What is this theory you ask? Well, "malignant design" of course.
Unlike intelligent design, for which the evidence is zero, malignant design has tons of empirical evidence, much more than Darwinian evolution, by some criteria: the world's cruelty.
Think about it. A global AIDs pandemic, the threat of Avian flu, children afflicted with the most painful, horrendous debilitating diseases. If your God created these things, well let me just say, you can have him. How could a God that is ostensibly benevolent and all-powerful allow such suffering in his beloved creatures, espcially when it's not their fault? And if he didn't, well how powerful is he then?

So if God's real, at least admit he's the Almighty of the Old Testament -- vengeful, petty, and narcissistic -- and not the one of the Gospel. Which would provoke me to ask the next question: Why would anyone worship such a sadistic deity out of anything other than fear? I don't worship sadism or sadists and that's what it amounts to if you believe in God in a world such as this. We're already attacked by mundane terrorists -- aptly inspired by he we will not name-- I don't need another one watching down on me from the heavens.

If this relegates me to the abyss, then I say along with Keith Buckley, "... I'm going to Hell, and I'm taking the Renaissance with me!"