The thing that really gets me about the theory of the banana being proof that God is intelligent and that he created it as a perfect food for us is that, if this guy understood anything about botany, he’d realize that he didn’t have a leg to stand on.
First off, the banana that we eat is actually a hybrid.Â This means that it’s cross-bred between a number of different species, in the same way that a mule is a cross between a donkey and a horse.Â This particular hybrid is sterile, so the only way to grow more is to cut off parts of plants and replant them.
Furthermore, all other species of bananas are full of hard seeds, which make them effectively inedible to humans.
Biologists worry that, since this banana species doesn’t breed naturally and is therefore relatively difficult to cultivate, all it would take is one kind of blight or pest particularly harmful to this type of banana to wipe it out completely.
So if this is the perfect food created by God to show us how he loves us, why is it that:
Â Â Â a) it doesn’t breed naturally when it would not be any trouble for him to have created it as such, and
Â Â Â b) it’s so potentially vulnerable?
And please, don’t give me that “because it gives God the chance to punish us for our sins if he sees fit” B.S.Â To me, that’s just a deus ex machina argument, with about as much intellectual creativity as the writers of a TV show rendering an entire season a dream because they’ve painted themselves into a corner with the storyline.