On another thread, someone mentioned that the hardest part in answering atheists is that they have such a wide variety questions - science, philosophy, logic, history, other religions, etc. To help familiarize others with atheist tactics, please list an atheist attack and your favorite response to it. Here’s a couple of my favorites . . .
Attack: Science has proven that the universe started with the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago - how could the Biblical account of creation possibly correspond to this?
Response: Assuming the Big Bang theory is correct, physicists classify the Big Bang as a “singularity.” By definition, a singularity is an event at which it is impossible to know anything for certain about what caused it or what occurred on the other side of it. So it is impossible with purely natural logic to know anything about what happened before the Big Bang. The BB theory also describes how all energy and matter now found in the universe was contained in an infinitely small space prior to the beginning of the time. Put all this together and you come up with this formula: “At the beginning of time, some infinite source of energy (about which it is impossible to know anything about without the aid of supernatural knowledge) caused all things to come into being out of nothing.” In other words, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” In addition to the BB theory, we know from experience that all things deteriorate over time. It’s called entropy. Given the high level of organization seen in the universe now, we can only say that it was even more greatly organized in the past. Logically, then, it is impossible for the universe to be any more organized than it was at the moment of formation. When something is organized in such a way that it is impossible to be any better, that something is described as being “perfect.” In other words, “and God saw that it was good (perfect).”
Attack: Darwin’s theory of evolution has proven that man descended from ape-like beings over millions of years - how could the Biblical account of creation possibly correspond to this?
[font=Arial]Response: First of all, modern experiments with genetic engineering have not proven the theory of evolution. Scientists take a kernel of corn, manipulate the DNA and get . . . a different kind of corn. They don’t get a bean or a fish or a mouse. Things like survival of the fittest, natural selection, and environmental adaptation may be pretty well accepted, but the idea that some kind of freak mutation led to the evolution from single-cell organisms to the modern man is absurd. The comic-book generation has led us to believe that mutations make us better: great strength, x-ray vision, etc. But, when was the last time you heard of a nuclear fallout victim getting the power of invisibility for their troubles? Mutations make us worse - they cause cancer, brain defects, etc. The idea that an infinite number of highly unlikely beneficial mutations were coincidentally strung together to create our modern world requires a much greater leap of faith than believing that all this was actually designed. [/font]