So last friday we had our regular visitor over. One of the single brothers from my former hall. We were decent friends when I was still attending meetings, but since my departure we don't have a lot in common. Unfortunately, I'm outnumbered 3-1 at the dinner table, so I always assume the conversation will lean towards God/Armageddon/Last Days.
The other week he'd had a go at Obama's recent comments on Gay Marriage, how he thought Obama was 'crazy' and homosexuality was 'unnatural'. I had a hard time not speaking my mind about this, but I let it lie.
This time we were talking science, so I prepared myself for the asshattery that was about to commence.
There had been a show on that week about the transition of Venus. Instead of focusing on the event itself, or what we might learn about our solar system from it, he instead focused on how irritated he was with the presenters. I actually hadn't watched the show, but I could imagine them bringing up the subject of extraterrestrial life, or life outside our galaxy.
"What annoys me is how they talk about all this, like they already know everything, when really they know nothing." He said.
I could see where he was going immediately, and decided to play the fool and make him spell it out. I asked him what he meant by that.
"Well they mention things like the Big Bang, but it's just a guess, only a theory."
I quickly replied before he could change subject. "You know Gravity is 'only a theory', right?"
"Yeah right! Why don't you jump off the roof and then tell me whether Gravity is still a theory!", while my dad simply said "No it's not."
I went on to explain what scientific theory is, and why it doesn't just mean 'a hunch', and then strung off a list of theories I had remembered, none of which they take umbrage with (I didn't say the E word, but I'm sure they understood what the implications meant by this REAL definition of theory.)
There was no real retort to that, so instead he went along with his next point of contention;
"I couldn't believe it, they see all the stars up there, and the billions of galaxies, and they refuse to acknowledge, or even say 'there must be a creator.'"
Wait wait. Go back. What was that first complaint you had?
"What annoys me is how they talk about all this, like they already know everything, when really they know nothing."
So you want to have a go at the people who spend their lives studying and learning about life and the universe, and make evidence based theories, but you're totally fine claiming off the cuff that you know there was a creator? What's more, you know exactly which creator it was, what his plan is, and what his likes and dislikes are?
I need to get out of this house.