“You are not an accident. Nobody in this gym is an accident. Somebody created each of you with an important purpose.”
It disturbs me when creationists equate a world without god to an existence where all things are accidental. It doesn’t so much disturb me because I find the idea of an ungoverned existence frightening, or even that they don’t understand that an ungoverned existence does not equate to one with no order, rules of probability and/or basic structure – you know, like natural laws. The truly disturbing part of that false equivalency is the scientific ignorance that makes Creationists blind to their own irony. Their position of a God creating us just as we are today, and the planet six to eight thousand years ago requires them to consider a myriad of individually clarified pieces of scientific evidence from multiple disciplines to be circumstantial and accidental.
It’s the creationist position that requires it to be an accident or coincidence that chimpanzee and human genomes are more than 98% identical, and that fossils from around the world have been independently discovered, dated, and studied- contradicting biblical claims about earth-age and species development. It’s they who believe earth dating techniques including carbon , dendrochronology, amino acid racemization, palomagnetic and others performed by separate scientists in separate locations consistently yield remarkably similar results about the age of our planet just happened by accident. They all must be a flukes!
Adversely, all of that evidence makes perfect sense as a cause/effect relationship with the span of time reflective of our earth’s actual age here where I live- in reality. The overwhelming similarities between humans and other primates, as well as the presence of vestigial structures like our tailbones and appendix makes perfect sense when accepting evolution for the factual explanation that it is. Natural selection has explained the series of causes and effects for the documented changes in a variety of species, including ourselves. To believe that we were created just as we are today all stemming from a single pair of people six to eight-thousand years ago would require all that evidence to be the result of some accident rather than a well explained series of events. They must also their God either intentionally or accidentally designed us with a tailbone we don’t need, and organ that just sits inside of us waiting to burst, inadequate knee cartilage, dangerously narrow birth canals, and an immune system far too weak to fend off the viruses, which for some reason he blessed with an observable ability to evolve.
The ungoverned series of cutthroat trial and error that is natural selection also accounts for the obvious existence of flaws such as psychopaths and sociopaths who gain pleasure from the misery of others or are literally incapable of empathy. Those varieties of people are understandable for a race of slowly evolving primates. However, If we’re attributing their design to an all loving God who wants all of his creations to perform according to his perfect standard and eventually ascend to Heaven, we must file them under the accident category. It’s either that or the important, specific purpose God created them for was to murder and torture other people until society brought their actions to halt through imprisonment, theory or death. I think the strength team needs a new angle.