Letís say that the consensus is that our species, being the higher primates, Homo Sapiens, has been on the planet for at least 100,000 years, maybe more. Francis Collins says maybe 100,000. Richard Dawkins thinks maybe a quarter-of-a-million. Iíll take 100,000. In order to be a Christian, you have to believe that for 98,000 years, our species suffered and died, most of its children dying in childbirth, most other people having a life expectancy of about 25 years, dying of their teeth.
Famine, struggle, bitterness, war, suffering, misery, all of that for 98,000 years. Heaven watches this with complete indifference. And then 2,000 years ago, thinks ďThatís enough of that. Itís time to intervene,Ē and the best way to do this would be by condemning someone to a human sacrifice somewhere in the less literate parts of the Middle East.
Donít letís appeal to the Chinese, for example, where people can read and study evidence and have a civilization. Letís go to the desert and have another revelation there. This is nonsense. It canít be believed by a thinking person. --Christopher Hitchens