God of the Ignorant

Not that long ago, rainbows were absolute proof of the existence of god. The thinking was: They are amazing. They are beautiful. I don’t know how they work, so god must have done it.

We did not stop to wonder if there might be some other possibility. Thing after thing that seemed magical turned out to be wonderful, but perfectly understandable, e.g. lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, floods, St. Elmo’s fire, meteors, meteorites, comets…

Today creationists keep playing the same game, pointing at anything they don’t (or won’t) understand, e.g. origin of life, speciation, eyeballs while shouting I don’t understand it; god must have done it. including when there are long-standing scientific explanations.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)