Re: my anti-theism is coming out tonight
We use arabic numerals. Most of the stars that have names have arabic names. Why, because Bagdad was the center of science and mathematics when they were discovered. (So when Bush said "our God is the one who named the stars" he must have meant Allah) Then in about 1100 a Muslim writer wrote that science was the work of the devil and it all stopped. Fast forward to Texas rewriting textbooks to stop the teaching of evolution. The US is in danger of becoming a backward country, left behind by others who will teach science to their kids. We cannot innovate and compete in the world with a generation of people so ignorant as to think the earth is 6,000 years old or that man rode dinosaurs. The same is true of the a culture that denies climate change. To do so is to deny true science.
So, to recap, the earth is 4 1/2 billion years old. The universe is 13.77 billion years old. Man and apes have a common ancestor (as does all life). Man has changed the face of the planet and, yes, the planet will be fine. Its only the life on it's surface who will suffer. To deny any of this is ignorance. To ask how do they know is laziness because you can find out how they know quickly with that computer science brought you if you really had any intellectual curiosity on the subject.
Final thought - anyone who would reply by misusing the term "theory" needs to return to grade school.
All generalizations are dangerous.