What would you do if there was a group of religious zealots who were protesting against the theory of evolution saying that there's no evidence for it.
Everytime you presented the evidence they just denied it and said that doesn't prove it, you dismiss them as weird or stupid but that doesn't stop them from constantly attacking evolution.
They make YouTube videos and write books and talk about how evolution is a delusion and believers in evolution are confused or incapable. When you ask them to tell you why they doubt evolution, they say things like you have to prove it to them and you a 'burden proof'.
How would you deal with such people and can you see the parallel between you and them?
Most Helpful Girl
First of all, this isn't hypothetical, this happens all the time. We atheists are always facing people who just believe what they want to believe. After some time, there comes a point when you have to know how to shrug it off and let them go.
Awesome speakers like Sam Harris and the late Chris Hitchens beautifully debate against religion and it is a good idea to search them on YouTube to see how they themselves respond to these things. It's like poetry in motion. Really. Brings a tear to my eye. :'(
Evolution as this point is a theory, but we can't ignore the scientific facts have been able to date things like dinosaur fossils and other animals that exist now to map out their own evolution.
I'm on the side of what makes sense. Present me a logical answer and I'll consider it. If a religious person can't do this, then they are full of just as much shit as a psychic. I've had enough with fluffy, airy-fairy reasons to believe in god since I can have a good life without one. I do see the logical explanation of evolution and human migration, and it doesn't take a wizard to figure out how we ended up all over the planet the way we have. If science isn't a better way to get the answer, then logic certainly is.0
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Most Helpful Guy
In answer to your question, there already are many groups of religious zealots who protest against the theory of evolution, and claim there's no evidence for it. They routinely deny any evidence presented and say that it doesn't prove anything. They do make YouTube videos and write books and talk about how evolution is a delusion and believers in evolution are confused or incapable, and when you ask them to tell you why they doubt evolution, they say things like you have to prove it to them, and that you can't because God said so. They also make up alternate versions of evolution, often making so many ridiculous stories that no one has the time to rebut each one.
How do you deal with such people? You just have to understand that they cannot question their religious beliefs because they are afraid. They have a tremendous fear of death and cannot face the fact that when we die, we die. They make up silly stories that literally wouldn't fool an five year old child (that wasn't already brainwashed). They are not able to realize that their arguments (such as they are) contain logical errors, and when they do glimpse the errors, they immediately close their eyes out of fear, and call it "faith." Since you can't help them control their fear and you can't make them smarter, there's nothing you can do for them except allow them to live their silly little lies.
Do I see any parallel between them and the rest of us? No. Except we are all human. We have to accept that they are ruled by their fears, and who can help that?
You can never win an argument against fear - don't even try. Remember, there are none so blind as those who will not see (John Heywood, 1546).1
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