I think that I have respected all of you by not insulting you and calling you names and stupid, etc. I just say what I think and I ignore the insults because I know you guys don't mean it.
That's certainly appreciated, but it takes more than avoiding blatant disrespect actions to be respectful. Your conduct has not been respectful; you have repeatedly (though not always, I will give you that much) ignored good arguments that have refuted your own, and then repeated your own arguments as if mere repetition will somehow get people to believe you. That says nothing about your own personal incredulity towards evolution - your attitude that since you don't understand how it could have produced complex organic systems, it cannot have. That is no way to approach anything, let alone a well-substantiated theory like evolution.
Imagine someone who had a college class in engineering a while back coming to tell you that because he can't understand some concept of engineering, that concept of engineering clearly cannot work. And no matter what you say to try to show him otherwise, he just blows off your own knowledge on the subject and repeats the same arguments, over and over again. That's how you're acting towards us. It's really not a respectful attitude, because what it tells us is that you really don't give a crap about arguments in favor of evolution.
You are obsessed with Christians, like Bill Maher. I don't know if you had some bad experiences with Christians when you were young but vast majority of them are nice, good people who would give you their shirt off their back if you needed it.
They're not really the problem, and they don't usually come to this website anyway. The problem is the ones who hold the attitude that they're right and everyone else is wrong, and who insist on telling everyone that. Really, that's not far off from your own attitude towards evolution - we're wrong and you're right no matter what we say, and you just keep on and keep on saying that. That gets exasperating very quickly, and it goes back to my earlier point on respectfulness. When you treat other people like they're wrong on a subject which you are personally not knowledgeable about, but a number of them are, acting as if you know better than them is extremely disrespectful.
I always thought it was weird how atheists tend to congregate on the internet and elsewhere, almost like there is a Church of Atheism. It is not like you are called to spread the Good News of Disbelief in God but yet some of you are more committed to that end than most Christians are ot their cause.
You know the reason that atheists tend to link up on the Internet? It's because there are places, even here in this country, where it's actually dangerous to out yourself as an atheist. And besides, the internet is a means of communication. Why shouldn't atheists have the right and the ability to speak their minds on it?
And, for that matter, how is that different from what you were trying to do by coming here? You came here thinking you'd find like-minded people who you could share your opinion on how wrong you think evolutionary theory is, rather than looking for a real debate. I think that's a large part of the reason you're being so rigid here.
Sometimes it seems like Darwin serves as the biblebook of atheists sometimes.
No. Seriously, no. Darwin was not an atheist and you shouldn't make assumptions about things that you don't know about. Not only that, but a lot of people who are religious respect Darwin and the theory of evolution, for the simple fact that they are informed about it and understand how well it describes the way life works. They also understand that the theory of evolution describes how organisms evolve in response to their environments - which includes humans and the way we artificially select for traits in animals (and even in ourselves) that we find desirable. We act as a selection pressure, but unlike evolution, we actually have goals we push for. That's why artificial selection produces results so much more quickly than natural selection.
When you get right down to it, "intelligent design" is nothing more than a particular kind of artificial selection - the 'design' of organisms that fit certain criteria. The problem is that you're trying to use an argument from incredulity - disbelief that the complexity in organisms could have come about naturally, and thus saying it could not have happened - called "irreducible complexity" to support your argument. And compounding that error, you're also apparently not at all interested in looking for evidence that supports your argument. All you're interested in is trying to logically prove that evolutionary theory is wrong, but that isn't how science works. Logic is nothing more than a step - and an early step, at that - in the process of scientific methodology.
I think Darwin's theory is total crap, it has nothing to do with atheists. This isn't a Christian vs atheist issue, unfortunately most of you present it that way.
We - the ones who have opposed you in this thread - have shown just how relevant and informed your opinion on the theory of evolution is. Can't stop you from thinking it's total crap, but at least we've established that you're holding that as an uninformed opinion on the subject.
You guys have called me a creationists a million times on here yet you guys are the ones quoting tons of Scripture on here and I have not done that once and I don't think I could outside of maybe John 3:16.
Many of the atheists here learned a lot about the Bible when they were younger. So, quoting it comes easily to them.
Also, it isn't necessary to be religious to be a creationist. That's why the religious creationists coined intelligent design and tried to strip theistic references from it - to draw people into becoming creationists without realizing it. Their natural assumption is that once people have bought into intelligent design, they'll be primed to accept the religious belief.