A Different Kind of Challenge
How can I convince "armchair theists" that their majority of beliefs in science completely contradict their long-held beliefs in a god?
My parents are theists -- Roman Catholics, to be precise. They are not of the fundie variety, nor are they regularly-practicing theists. They hold many opinions based on the Catholic religion (i.e., abortion = bad!), yet they do not adhere to the concepts of a 6000-year-old Earth or a divinely-created universe as stated by the bible. They are very practical people who hold high regard for much scientific evidence, such as a 13.7-billion-year-old universe, a 4.5-billion-year-old Earth, evolution, etc. Yet they still hold onto their belief of the existence of a god and eternal salvation based on their beliefs.
I'd like nothing more than to look them directly in the eyes and explain to them that their beliefs in scientific fact completely contradict their theistic beliefs, but I feel as if I'm not well-enough versed to change their minds concerning the fallacy of theism. What arguments can I use to show them that they should look deeper into science for an understanding of the universe and to reject their theist-centric viewpoints because it goes against everything else they hold to be true?
Thanks in advance for your insights. I look forward to having a deep and meaningful conversation with them to make an attempt to open their eyes to the truth.
If "God" created man in his image, then why aren't YOU omniscient and omnipresent?
Sci-Fi Bible: Replace the words "Jesus" and "God" with "alien" and "spaceship", respectively. Isaac Asimov couldn't write a better story.