While I agree with your statement in general, I am puzzled as to what constitutes a 'miliant' athiest. Is it entirely based upon verbal or written criticism of religion such as Dawkins (who explicitly does not criticize my religion as stated in the first chapter of the God Delusion) or PZ Myers?
I think what puzzles me most is how can one call atheists 'militant' when I can't recall a single instance of a car bombing, school (or abortion doctor) shooting, or any other recent act of terrorism based upon a primary motivation of atheism.
Perhaps you can provide some examples, I vaguely remember maybe one in the last 30 years.
The story in Gen 1 is proven false in the literal sense by Gen 2 At least one of the stories must be allegorical (and probably both, as scholarship holds) and there was never any need for science to come along and say so.
That is one of the arguments however there is no proof. What proof is there that indeed, in a absolute sense, that because gen 2 is contradictory to gen 1 that this means that gen 1 is false??? or the other way around that gen 2 is false?
As for Science to come along and say so, Science never came a long and said that gene 1 or gene 2 is false... LOL...
No I did not. If you're claiming that "Science has no evidence concerning how the universe began to exist." or that "Science has no evidence of how life began to exist." that is a suggestion.
In 2 1/2 years at EvC no one has ever presented any evidence of facts of how the universe or life began to exist.
The scientific answer is "we don't know".
The big bang model explains how the universe COULD have expanded. It also suggest that the universe has always existed. Why would there HAVE to be a begining? And if there was, even if the BB model is wrong, why does it result to GOD DID IT? How about, where did GOD come from? I assume you are going to say GOD has always existed but U have no evidence.... It is utterly a W.A.G.... Atleast with the BB model we understand more and it is based on EVIDENCE.. Do I need to repeat some of that evidence? redshift, mbr...
Well the universe existed before expansion began
Says you! Follow the evidence. Not historical claims.
All the redshift and the mbr prove is that the Word of God is correct when over 2700 years ago it said:
There is no such thing as proof in relation to argument and more specifically evc arguments. I always find it funny when religious fanatics fail to see that point. Just because the BIBLE says it, does not mean it is TRUE.. Revelations are not enough to conclude that it is from GOD either so dont bring that hogwash up..
The universe is expanding. So what? That fact has been in print for over 2700 years. Scientist could have saved a lot of money by reading the Word of God.
The word of GOD is a claim, even depending on which religion u study, however, scientists actually study what is going on by observation.
Why should I trust that the BIBLE is a divine book? What makes it any more divine than any other cultures thoughts on divinty? Have you ever studied history? Why is it that per culture there is a different divinity? Even within the same culture there is confusion on divinity? If GOD were REAL why would it choose confusion over clarity?
"It would be eternal never having to begin to exist or cease to exist."
False. Take math for example, start counting, where do you start counting? now tell me when you have reached the last number.
You also said:
"In fact the claim is that it began to exist but will never cease to exist."
False. The claim is that the universe has always existed.
As for the rest of your post, you're stuck on "In the begining".. The issue is, there could have never been a begining.. OPEN YOUR MIND..
Oh and the 13.7 billion years in terms of time is relative to the begining of time, when things started to break down, when the first ATOM was formed. Before there was time, if there was such a thing, there could have been space still, just nothing existing in that space so chemical reactions could not occur, so we could not measure it in the form of time... Atleast in our form of TIME... I think that is where u are getting confused... Remember the word "time" is a symbolic word/ or tool used for measuring. Man created the word TIME and its defintion, its definition could change some day.. OPEN YOUR MIND...