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      My responses to their statements in order: 1. Bill Nye, are you influencing the minds of children in a positive way?
      I would say his influence is much more positive than the alternatives. 2. Are you scared of a divine creator?
      Not particularly. If there is one there is one. If there is one, they really haven’t demonstrated it yet. 3. Is it completely illogical that the Earth was created mature?
      Yes. Yes it is. Unless you worship a god of lies and deceit. In which case, why is that the label you give to your god’s perceived enemy? 4. Doesn’t the second law of thermodynamics disprove evolution? Ok. Going to resist the first words that came to mind. After all, name calling is not the way. “The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems spontaneously evolve toward thermodynamic equilibrium—the state of maximum entropy. Equivalently, perpetual motion machines of the second kind are impossible.” On the one hand, this has to do with physics, and not biology. It still describes everything that goes on inside the body anyway. Secondly… If you think evolution produces order, then you have obviously not read enough on the subject to actually comment. If anything, the expansion of the species into many branches and many species is movement towards ultimate entropy. 5. ……… I can’t touch this one… Not because I can’t answer it. I mean, I can. With a layman’s understanding of astronomy and physics, I can answer this in simple terms. It is just hard, in this century, to answer that question without resorting to name calling. 6. Another person speaking out on theories they obviously haven’t looked at the Wikipedia page on, much less an actual text book. 7. What about Noetics?
      What about it? That is not part of the debate here. That is not mutually inclusive nor exclusive of either Creationism or Evolution as the origin story. It is an entirely separate issue. 8. Where do you derive objective meaning of life?
      Objective “(of a person or their judgment) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.” First, I would point out that the definition of objective does not allow room for things you cannot see, hear, touch, or feel. Take that for what you will.
      Second, each individual has to make that decision themselves. How do YOU objectively derive the meaning of life? 9. If God did not create everything, how did the first single-celled organisms originate? By Chance?
      That is the current theory, yes. Beyond that, scientists are still studying that subject. 10. Random slogan. Not a question or a real statement. 11. A badly formed question based on a misunderstanding of most of the groups listed and thinking they are all one group. Hell, the percentage of humanists that are Christian is not so different from the percentage of the rest of the population that is Christian. And no, most of those groups do not believe we were put here by aliens.  12. And they just keep getting worse. Lucy is not the entire support for the concept of evolution, and the scientific community as a whole gave up on the “necessity” of a “missing link” a LOONG time ago.  13. Does Metamorphosis help support evolution?
      If by metamorphosis you mean things like butterflies, salamanders, frogs and the like, it is kind of a separate issue. Yes, these are biological adaptations that took place over a long period of time. It is not however “proof of evolution.” We are talking about the real world, not Pokémon. 14. Evolution theory vs fact:
      The Theory of Evolution is effectively taught as fact for the same reason the Theory of Gravity is. We have our doubts about both (I’ll bet the guy in the picture didn’t realize that), but they are the best theories we have at the moment. We are looking for better ones. At the moment though, the group working to disprove the Theory of Gravity though is closer to doing so than the group working on disproving Evolution.  15. O.o I can’t retype the stupid… Science, by definition, deals with that which is observable, testable, and reproducible. In order to gain respect as a theory all of these things must stand. Evolution as Evolution has been tested, and observed, and even reproduced. Evolution is not “We evolved from monkeys.” Evolution is “Things change over time, and after enough time the start and the finish might look nothing alike.” 16. What mechanism has science discovered that evidences an increase of genetic information seen in any genetic mutation or evolutionary process?
      What does that matter? That is kind of entirely not the point. We share a massive amount of genetic data with EVERY living thing. For one thing, most living things are made up basically of the same components. For another, chemically we are made up of exactly the same FOUR components. You would be amazed just how much you have in common with a grasshopper. Evolution is not about an increase or decrease of genetic information. It is about new ways to combine the existing information to (hopefully) increase a creatures chances of survival. 17. What purpose do you think you are here for if you don’t believe in salvation.
      Even from the Christian perspective, Salvation and Purpose are two separate things.  For the secular perspective, I will say this: We make own purpose. We make our own way in life. We choose to follow the moral path that leads to peace and prosperity as a species, with or without the presence of a divine creator. For the Christian perspective, I will refer you to Genesis: Man was created because God wanted someone to fellowship with. That is the word used in the bible. That is the reason, according to the bible for your creation. Fellowship. Think about that. Let that sink in. Then with that in mind, look at the entity that the church you support has become. 18. Why was there only one Lucy? Who knows? Science actually doesn’t see Lucy as all that important in the grand scheme of things. They have already moved on to new theories. That is the thing about theories. They change as new information presents itself. 19. Can you believe in “The Big Bang” without faith?
      See… There is this “secret” in the scientific community. It’s not a secret actually. We all know it. People like you just tend to ignore it because it is convenient to do so. “Big Bang,” while being one of the best theories we have at the moment, does not have and never has had universal acceptance. It is treated as a place holder till we find something better, even by those who embrace it. 20. How can you look at the world and not believe that God created it? It’s amazing.
      Yes, it is amazing. The presence or absence of gods does not make it any less amazing. Actually, in a way, it is more amazing without a god. I mean, think about it. What requires more awe and wonder, the idea that some old guy got bored and built a really nice replica, or the idea that everything, through the course of history, has worked out in a way to allow you to be standing here now admiring the wonder of the universe? 21. Relating to the big bang theory, where did the exploding star come from?
      What exploding star? Do you even know what the big bang theory is? I will put it in real simple terms. The Universe that was contracted as far as it could contract, and then a little further, causing it to explode releasing a massive amount of energy and matter, creating the Universe that is now. So, where did it come from? It already was. If you find that so hard to believe, then how can you believe the same about God? 22. Question number twenty two is one that is worthy of flogging… No seriously, it is only ever asked by trolls or people who need to learn to read and do math before you can really teach them much more. That aside… 1) We are Apes, not Monkeys. BIG Difference. 2) Evolution is about how species come and go over time. Populations expand and shrink. They merge and diverge. Divergence is where a species spawns from another and is found to be viable, while the previous species is also still viable.  Your question is somewhat akin to asking, “If your family lives in Arkansas, why do you still have relatives living in Texas? What, they didn’t all die when you moved?” Seriously. I am pretty sure the guy who asked question number 22 is just a troll.