“Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it, religion has actually convinced people that there’s an INVISIBLE MAN…LIVING IN THE SKY…who watches every thing you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten special things that he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry for ever and ever ’til the end of time…but he loves you.”
While the overwhelming odds are that Mr. Carlin and all of us are correct, there is still a small, random probability that God does exist, and an even smaller random probability that he gives a sh*t. Adding those probabilities together yields the answer that a lack of belief is a far more rational stand than belief.
That tiny window seems to be closing, Jeff. Back when a single planet was all we had to contend with, one could more plausibly make the special creation argument. Or at least be forgiven for doing so. Given that we think there may be 500 million planets in the ‘habitable zone’, in our galaxy alone, and that there are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the observable universe, it seems vanishingly unlikely that a god, could possibly care about little ‘ole us. The unfathomable size of it all and the fact that it all looks exactly as it would it it were created by natural processes is enough for me.
I’d like to think that every time a new exo-planet is discovered, the Pope says “Well, fuck”.