This video from The Thinking Atheist explodes the old creationist trope “How could anyone look at the beauty and complexity of our world and say that it isn’t part of an Intelligent Design?” It’s a good visualization of one of my favorite quotes from Stephen Fry included in the video:
“You can’t just say there is a God because well, the world is beautiful. You have to account for bone cancer in children. You have to account for the fact that almost all animals in the wild live under stress with not enough to eat and will die violent and bloody deaths. There is not any way that you can just choose the nice bits and say that means there is a God and ignore the true fact of what nature is. The wonder of nature must be taken in its totality.”
[WARNING: disturbing images of death and natural disasters.]
I would go even further than Fry and the video producers do, and point to this list of human parasites.
But Christian apologists have a ready retort to this line of argument, as embarrassing as it is. It goes something like this:
The Lard created a perfect world in the Garden of Eden and put two humans in it. There was no disease or death, all the animals were vegans, and Adam and Eve rode around on their gentle pet dinosaurs for fun. The god tells the man he may never eat the fruit from one particular tree in the garden, “the tree of knowledge,” and that if he does he is doomed to die.
But the humans—in particular the woman—get seduced by a talking snake(!) into disobeying the Very Important Tree Rule, and they ate from it anyway, thus bringing “sin” and death and all kinds of evil into what was previously a peaceful and perfect world. The god was so pissed off about this, in fact, that he decided to punish every living creature with misery, pain, disease, suffering and certain death forever and ever amen.*
I told you it was embarrassing. But yeah, that’s it in a nutshell: the first two humans he himself supposedly created turn out to be disobedient little shits—does that sound like intelligent design to you?—therefore everyone and everything must suffer his horrible wrath. AND IT’S ALL OUR OWN FAULT. (Holy shit! I think I might have been married this d00d once.)
But of course Christian apologists have a retort to this too: blah bah blah “free will,” blah blah blah so humans can “choose” to obey this god or not, blah blah blah, etc., ad nauseam. The rationalizations they spin just get more and more terrible and laughable. I will never understand why these people think they sound like they’re making any sense whatsoever when they would see right through this exact same kind of bullshit in every other realm of their lives. Well, except maybe “free market” capitalism.
*Thousands of years later, this god would decide on a whim to sacrifice himself to himself, and thereby sort of forgive everyone else in the world for Adam and Eve breaking his stupid Tree Rule. Sure, life would still mean misery, pain, disease, suffering and certain death for every living thing on the planet always. But! If humans would just agree to believe some very particular nonsense about magic beanstalks and flying monkeys and the Easter Bunny (or something equally bizarre), after they died he would let them live on in his Sky Kingdom forever and ever amen. What.