As promised, here are the results from today's test. You all did extremely well and can take the rest of the day off.
The Correct Answers (according to me - feel free to disagree):
1. What was in the beginning?
A: "At the point at which time begins, our best explanation for the evidence we can see is that there was a super-dense point of all the matter and energy in the universe very shortly after it had began to expand." - Baldyslaphead
I also would have accepted; "How the hell should I know?" - Tilia
2. How will life on earth end?
A: "More than likely with the earth be enveloped by the sun as it goes red giant. There is a possibility that the milky way galaxy and thus the earth will be destroyed when it collides with another galaxy." - Beanstalk - Rocky S.
Selected because galaxies colliding is just cool.
3. What happens after death?
A: "Nothing. Nonexistence. Blissful oblivion. I'm actually rather looking forward to it." - Tripmaster Monkey
"Always look on the bright side of life, dee-do dee-do dee-do..."
4. What is the purpose of existence?
A: "We're just transportation for our genes. How we spend our life's is up to us." - Tilia
Short and sweet
5. Why there is order in all of creation?
A: "Is there? Hadn't noticed." - Liz
Short and sweet too
6. Why there is morality in every civilization?
A: "It probably arose because species that co-operated were more successful at breeding than those that did not. Beyond the mere existence of *a* morality, there is no *universal* morality anyway." - Baldyslaphead
Have you been looking at the answers sheet?
7. Why does every civilization believe in a Creator?
A: "Man naturally anthropomorphizes natural forces, such as lady luck and father time, as a primitive way to deal with a world they don't understand completely, or to sublimate another emotion (for instance, smacking a television to "convince" it to work)." - Rex Mundane
Funny because it's true, and the right answer (apparently)
8. Why does every sane person have a conscience, even when it is not dictated by society?
A: "For the same reason that every sane person has legs even though they're not dictated by society." - Baldyslaphead
You lose half a mark because some people have no legs, the full answer is:
A: "See "Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins." - Theshaggy
A good example of citing your sources
9. How did nothing create everything?
A: "It didn't." - Nonmagic
10. Which came first--the chicken or the egg?
A: "Exactly" - Liz
I would also have accepted 'God' or 'Godditit' for any answer. I would....but I'm not an intellectually stunted Creationist, so I won't.
Beamstalk - rocky s: 9/10
Rex Mundane: 9/10
Tripmaster Monkey: 9/10
Tripmaster Monkey Mk2: 0/10 - see me.
Special credit for Bob (for not knowing anything), Froggie (for the chicken-egg joke) and Charles (so he doesn't spill the beans about the great Atheist Conspiracy).
Kaitlyn: no answers = no points for you.
Well done everyone, we've answered 'The 10 Questions Atheists Can't Answer'....what's next?