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Religion, Mythology, Theology
Is God real?
I'm going to argue that God is unfalsifiable and real but doesn't exist in the context of any theistic proposition. I will attempt this by a process of questions and logical argumentation which I will expand on when necessary.
Before we get into God, we must first define the meaning of words and their relationships with things in our reality. So let me start by asking, do you submit that words are descriptions of things and concepts?
If so, do you submit that words which are not linked to physical things or concepts are meaningless?
Do you submit that whatever God is, its existence can't be proved by means of empirical evidence? If you reject this statement, either present evidence or necessarily conform to this statement. If you want to reason God rather than prove God, then just conform to the statement and continue reading.
Do you accept that things which exist in our reality but are abstract have an objective impact? That is to say, do you accept that abstract concepts describe an
Evidence for God
Evidence for Godů is there any? I would submit there are plenty of principles which could be freely interpreted as pointing towards the notion that God exists but this shouldn't be confused with direct evidence. It should be said however that not everything requires empirical evidence to be verified. Can you tell me what evidence there is for objective morality? Sam Harris tackles this problem and with a linguistic trick (essentially equating objective morality to wellbeing) áhe does get pretty far but it seems his theory is at best incomplete, as he himself states in his book that in a certain exceptional situation his theory breaks down. It could be said that objective morality points to something higher but that seems a God-of-the-gaps argument. Besides, a system is understood by its components and truth can be derived from this system downwards, but an isolated, not to mention poorly understood component can't be used to explain the system upwards; it shouldn't be used as evidence
Is atheism based on faith?
The definition of 'faith' is "belief that is not based on proof". Can you prove that God does not exist? You can't, hence atheism is faith. This statement alone would be very controversial so let me elaborate.
I think your objection as an atheist to this statement might be that you've always maintained that atheism is the neutral position and now suddenly I'm bringing that into question for you. However, the fact that atheism is a belief does NOT depreciate atheism or the arguments for it. An atheist is still a non-believer and it's a very rational position to take. If however you feel uncomfortable with the idea that there is no evidence of the non-existence of God and therefore atheism is faith, perhaps you will find comfort in considering yourself an agnostic and anti-theist. Let me elaborate on that.
Most atheists consider themselves atheist because they don't see how God could be real and I take that position as well. Someone recently told me there are two forms of
There is a big distinction between what you want to be true and what you know to be true. The existence of God is one of those things, because you don't know it to be true.
Believing in God is inherently irrational and indeed it takes a leap of faith to believe in God. Incidentally, it also takes a leap of faith to ascribe to atheism, as to justify atheism requires the knowledge that God does not exist. Both the theist and the atheist are delusional in this respect.
The question of whether or not God exists is not a fair one and ultimately not relevant. The relevant question is which gap in our understanding is filled by God. By invoking the concept of God you raise more questions than are being answered. Invoking the concept of God creates an infinite regress.
What caused and animates the universe are relevant questions but they're not questions which find answers by invoking the concept of God. To think that it does is delusional. Why is the urge to have an answe