Ray Comfort is hilariously dumb

A few days ago I wrote an article about a crusty old religious white dude who claimed to know more about the Universe than Stephen Hawking, presumably because a dusty old book of myths told him so. Because Stephen had the “audacity” to postulate the Universe created itself, religious rubes have been tripping over one another trying to voice their objections to one of history’s greatest minds smacking down their God myths. A number of irrational voices are making themselves heard, including my favorite mustachioed clown, Ray Comfort.

“It is embarrassingly unscientific to speak of anything creating itself from nothing…Common sense says that if something possessed the ability to create itself from nothing, then that something wasn’t nothing; it was something – a very intelligent creative power of some sort”

The only person here who should be embarrassed over such a dumb statement should be Comfort himself. This is the same man who argued the banana was proof of God’s designing genius . You may also recall a few months ago, this moron released a highly edited version of the Origin of Species with a 50 page foreward trying to undermine what is arguably one of the most important books in the history of our species. He might as well have tried doing the same with Newton’s Principia, but since gravity doesn’t actually interfere with his narrow belief system (he lives in an age where most Christians have begrudgingly accepted the Earth is not the center of the Universe), he desperately needed to diminish the brilliance of evolution any way he can.

As for his statement “common sense” can tell us something about the world, it only further proves he has no idea what he’s talking about. Our powers of perceptions may be useful to us when trying to navigate this cooling ball of rock we call home, but they are completely inadequate when trying to understand the nature of the Universe. Take quantum mechanics as an example: anyone who aspires to comprehend the world of atoms using common sense is bound to lose their minds. The Universe does not conform to our senses; rather we must conform to it.

Comfort isn’t the only fool trying to tackle the magnitude of Professor Hawking’s genius. Religionists all over the world probably felt a mixture of confusion and frustration over the fact the best minds in the world continue to deny the supremacy of their God. They are convinced only a dogmatic belief like theirs could make such pronunciations, and science has become a new religion. Comfort and his ignorant brethren fail to realize if the evidence was pointing towards a God, science would be fully endorsing the notion of a creator. Unlike religion, which begins with a set of beliefs and tries to find ways to justify them any way possible, science is about direct observation, experimentation, and falsifiability, all things which are antithetical to religion. That the search of the truth about our world and our existence has revealed religion to be the make-believe nonsense it is must be a painful pill to swallow. Of course, there’s no law that states a person has to accept reality, is there?

Comments (7)

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    Isaac

    I don’t think Ray Comfort is qualified to speak on what is and is not “embarrassingly unscientific”, especially after his “The banana is the atheist’s worst nightmare” fiasco.

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    ind

    Small correction: foreword, not forward.

    Great post. Comfort is an idiot.

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    shreddakj

    Your post just reminded me that I have to order Hawking’s book.

    Done.

    I won’t get to read it till November after my university exams are over though..

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    Alicia Trinidad

    He ALMOST had a point when he was saying if something possessed the ability to create itself from nothing, then that something wasn’t nothing; it was something. But the fact that he believes that something is a magical sky daddy that loves only his species and looks like him rather then the millions of other animal that has existed since the beginning of time AND he feels eligible to speek on what is or is not embarrassingly unscientific makes him a TOOL! . Though I have to say thank you to Ray, because if it weren’t for him and his insipid addition to the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species last year, I wouldn’t have realized how dangerously delusional creationists are and became an atheist, THANK YOU!!!! . P.s. Jacob , love all the articles( or whatever you call them ). Iv missed it :)

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    Ian

    I read a very good piece in a popular science book called “The never ending days of being dead” that addresses this “something came from nothing so nothing is something” line. Essentially it looked at what “nothing” is and how the ability to create something could well be a property of nothing.

    Regardless of the need to understand counterintuitive cutting edge physics, the argument is still seriously flawed! If Comfort was right (and he’s not but let’s say he was) then there is NO REASON AT ALL why that “something” needs to be “a very intelligent creative power of some sort”. Way to make a huge logical leap there fella! That something could be anything! Why not a non-conscious natural effect?

    And if we give him that huge logical leap, why does that “very intelligent creative power of some sort” need to be the Christian god? Why not Odin, Allah, Zeus or any other number of possibilities imagined or unimaginable? Why not Satan? Why not a combined effort from the “creative department” of Deities, Elves and Trolls Ltd? Oh wait … they have not written a book which says that that same book is right. Well some of them have, but those books claiming to be right are wrong …except Comfort’s bible claiming to be right which is right. I forgot that circular logic is permissible.

    It’s “embarrassingly unscientific” to make the conclusion of “my magic friend in the sky did it!” while not showing any understanding of field, making huge logical leaps, employing flawed circular logic and starting with a fixed conclusion and working back. Never seems to stop him though.

    The sooner the Creative Department of Deities, Elves and Trolls Ltd bring out their “All other books claiming to the right are wrong except this one which claims to be right because it is right” book the better! Sheesh!

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    Josh

    Fantastic article. Ray Comfort never ceases to make me chuckle.

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    Whomeneer

    My problem is that he gives rational answers and is not afraid to argue over any fact.
    I wonder: what if he is right? He is always so honest about his worries on my future.
    I have to check this out. Evolution does not give me a full answer. By the way he responded on that banana mistake…. And it looks like he is right after all

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