I was thinking on my drive home about a true story of a man who wrote to Charles Darwin and sent him a beetle with a tiny clam attached to it’s leg. The beetle arrived alive, but barely, so Darwin put it in a jar with some plants and the fumes gently put out its life. It’s a really beautiful story on it’s own, but the amazing part is that this man who sent the beetle was just a cobbler and an amateur naturalist, but his grandson was Francis Crick who co-discovered DNA, which backed up Darwin’s theory even further, and continues to prove it over and over again. That is such an amazing and fun coincidence, and there are so many more in the world every day that are far more unlikely than that. How amazing that this sort of thing happens all the time!
Then I thought about the fact that christians would say that god did it. They would probably argue that it practically proves he exists. But I have to say that it’s far, far more miraculous my way than it is their way. My way it’s so incomprehensibly unlikely that it’s moving to imagine the sensation that it must produce in the people involved, and in some cases they can’t know because they’re already dead. I wish Darwin could have seen such an interesting event, and so it’s moving in a slightly more sad way to think of it like that. But either way it’s incredible to think about! It’s truly miraculous that these things can happen for no real reason. To think that god did it is not miraculous. It’s just a meaningless answer to a beautiful question. It takes away so much of the symmetry of the truth. I know that their answer can’t possibly feel as good as my answer because that’s one of the main reasons that I stopped believing in the first place. It never really seemed like the real miracles in the world get enough credit and the fake ones that they made up were not only lame but also unprovable anthropologically, historically or scientifically. If any proof that they had actually happened had been found we would have heard about it by now.
My thoughts on these matters create feelings of true wonder in me, and I appreciate that for what it is chiefly because I know that no god or higher power or intelligence of any kind made it happen. THAT’S the thing that makes it amazing! No religion has anything on that.
- Miracles? (atheistdave.wordpress.com)