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Atheist Questions:
Questions that challenge the paradigm of Christianity


Key Questions from Richard Dawkins

"Just for a moment, imagine that there really is a supreme being who created all things, including the human race. Would he (or she or it) give you such a highly developed brain and then punish you for using it?"

"Would the most advanced life-form in the universe devise such grand concepts as DNA, nuclear fusion, and quantum mechanics and then spend all eternity fussing about whether you regularly sing to him, vote against gay marriage, or accept on faith that Earth is only 6,000 years old when there is a mountain of evidence to the contrary?"

These are only two! There are many more, and a thousand such could be asked.

Other Pertinent Questions

Since God created these human beings that seek him, endeavor to understand him, and seek to have a relationship with him, shouldn't he have created them with the potential to succeed at this?

Why would this "God" answer some very trivial prayers and let millions of other praying humans be captured, imprisoned, burned at the stake, gassed, dismembered, disemboweled, decapitated, shot, and/or otherwise tortured and killed?

Since God is supposed to know everything that will happen in the future, why didn't he create a reality where sin and evil would not arise?

Why are the Christian church's leadership roles overwhelmingly the province of males, and yet the congregations are about 60% female in composition?

Why would the slaughter, and sacrifice by burning, of innocent animals placate God when he is angry?

Why would "God" generally rely upon flawed, fallible human agents–prophets and priests, etc.–as an intercessor in his communication with us? Doesn't this introduce enormous risks for subversion, oppression, predation, misunderstanding and other mischief, which we are constantly seeing?

Why did "God" design the female sex structure to be between the two sewage outlets, where it would be subject to a greater incidence of contamination and disease?

How can "God" legitimately say that his mercy endures forever, when according to popular Christian belief he is going to burn people alive forever?

Why did "God" create so many vicious animals, poisonous reptiles, venomous sea creatures, dangerous vectors and carriers of disease, and troublesome insects?

Why do we have so many agents of disease, such as parasites, fungus, bacteria, microbes, viruses, etc.

Why are we subject to so many genetic and hereditary problems?

Why would "God" turn loose upon rather helpless humans a vicious superior being like what the Devil is thought to be? Why was it reasonable to pit Eve, the newest, most innocent and ignorant being, against Satan, supposedly the oldest and wisest being?

Why does the human male sexual interest and drive peak during his teenage years, long before he has a chance of being ready for a benevolent, mature relationship?

Why is the human habitat, the earth, so prone to natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, volcanoes, floods, intersecting comets and asteroids, etc., from which we cannot protect ourselves adequately?

Why would a caring, loving merciful systems designer that eschews the suffering and destruction of life forms create the violent predatory competition system of nature known to be "red in tooth and tong"?

If the Bible is the vessel of God's revelation to us, why is it so full of contradictions, enigmas and translational errors? Why didn't God give a nudge to the typesetter who left out the word "not" in the  seventh commandment of the KJV Bible published by Barker and Lucas in 1631?

Why did the vaunted Creator create humans with legitimate, intrinsic needs and desires that cannot be realistically fulfilled in our reality?

Why is there a multitude of similar questions that can be asked?

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