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The proof is all around you

12th May 2007 (09:29)

I once had a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses turn up on my doorstep while I was at home recovering from some sort of stomach virus, and I had a go at debating with them in Italian. Their line is “long” creationism - that God created the world in seven “periods of time” not literally seven days. But anyway that he created everything exactly right for our benefit (including presumably for example the malaria mosquito and sickle-cell anaemia) and their argument involved considering a stone: if you watch a stone for long enough it just turns to sand, going to a state of more disorder (that's thermodynamics) so the creation of order, i.e. life, must have come from some agent, i.e. God. Didn't they know any geology? Don't they know that if they watch the sand for long enough it'll get buried and turned into rock again?

What is it with some people, that they can suspend their critical reasoning faculties so easily without appearing to notice?


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 25th September 2007 21:15 (UTC)

So what happened? Did you confuse them with logic and real physics, or wasn't your Italian up to the job? :)

Posted by: shpalman (shpalman)
Posted at: 26th September 2007 06:49 (UTC)

They said that they would send an english speaker to explain their beliefs to me. I told them that if they did I would also explain my beliefs to him. They never sent anyone.

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