God’s Hands Have Better Things to Do

I’ve got to agree with PZ Myers: this poll is one of the dumbest I’ve ever seen, and the responses somewhat disheartening:

What do you think is captured on the recently released NASA photograph?

The hand of God 40%
A natural stellar formation 60%

That 40% is just baffling.  Not because it’s religious.  Because… in what version of anyone’s theology is God envisioned to have a giant disembodied, semi-transparent hand and forearm made of gas that simply sits in space doing nothing?  Is that in the Bible? The Koran?  Is something that goofy and physicalized part of any major world religion outside of a couple of mostly defunct pagan traditions? I can only imagine that what this poll demonstrates is that there is a significant number of poll takers who’ll just thoughtlessly select any option that mentions “God” (instead of nature) without asking themselves whether the answer actually represents anything they believe about their God.

I hope, hope, that some of that 40% interpreted the question to mean “the hand of God at work,” i.e. that it’s a formation in space put there to inspire and speak to human beings as a sign from God: god’s handiwork, rather than God’s actual hairy knuckles.  

But that’s still not what it says.  Sigh.

Of course, by the time you read this, Myers’ bizarre poll-tilting fetish and legions of duitiful commenters are sure to have swung the poll to something like 1% for God hands vs. 99% against.


~ by Drew on 2009/04/15.

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