I recently stumbled upon a compilations of questions designed to challenge the truth of Christianity. The list is entitled “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer” by one REPuckett, who claims to be an atheist. After reviewing some of the depressingly absurd responses by my Christian brethren, I thought I’d have a go at it. I’ve come up with an answer (woefully) for each of the fifty questions. Typical of modern atheism, most of these questions have false premises and only succeed in beating the hell out of one enormous straw man. Many do not even deserve a thoughtful response (alas, not all atheists can be Christopher Hitchens), but I’ve done my best to answer even these pseudo-questions with clarity and charity. Occasionally the author stumbles upon a truly intriguing question that gives one pause, and these I relish.
Also, a good portion of these questions seem aimed at Evangelical Protestantism. Though this is understandable as it is the most common expression of Christianity in America, it is a position I fundamentally reject. The standards of Evangelical Protestant reasoning rarely pass the vertical line test, and usually just devolve hopelessly into an endless tautology of creationism and Scriptural quote-trolling. I specifically will be coming at these questions from a historically Catholic point of view, with special attention to Apostolic Tradition and the theology of the East. As such, many of the answers I give may seem strange and unexpected or (to some of my Christian brethren) downright heretical. I assure you, dear reader, my answers are (at least to the best of my knowledge) entirely orthodox.
I hope the answers I give will inspire thought and debate, maybe even a little controversy. And so, in the spirit of I Peter 3:15, let us delve into “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer”. Questions 1-5 will be posted this Wednesday, 12 December, and the rest of the questions will unfold regularly from then. These are the first questions I will answer:
1 – If God is omnipotent (all-powerful), why did he take six days to create everything? Why not speak everything into existence all at once?
2 – Why won’t God heal amputees?
3 – If God is so perfect, then why did he create something so imperfect allowing pain, suffering and daily atrocities?
4 – Why did the little old lady that God healed one Sunday need her walker to get around again next Sunday? Was she only temporarily worthy of a healing?
5 – How did Noah fit the millions and millions of species of animals on this planet into his ark? It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to realize the physical impossibility of this.
In light of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception last Saturday, let us ask Hipster Mary to bless this post.