I am left agape and humbled by the pictures from the Hubble telescope—of other galaxies spiralling away in distances and times so far from our own—and I am amazed, excited and inspired by the views from beneath the ocean. I also seem to have a penchant for deep-red colours, and I find images of the… Continue reading 15. God is Found in the Hallelujah of the Chorus
If our brains are the result of evolution then our brains are tuned to believe things that are adaptively useful. The Christian in this book points out that if the truth is that a plant is poisonous then all our brain has to do is believe a claim that stops us from eating it: that… Continue reading 9. If there is No God, then we don’t Know Anything
Wait, wait, wait. Mr Atheist has redeemed himself with a quote I might just steal “God plus the universe looks indistinguishable from a universe without God at all.” Okay, so our Christian claims there are two types of cause: event causes and agent causes. One of these is the domain of physics, where the other… Continue reading 7. God is the Best Explanation of the Whole Shebang
This proposition is a little clearer if it is reworded as “science can be elevated to the position of a god, and it’s a bad one at that”. The Christian talks of the profundity some scientists find in the universe and of scientific discoveries. Scientists do use words like “praise”, and the Christian makes a… Continue reading 5. Science is No Substitute for Religion
I am continuing to give my comments on chapters from the debate-book God or Godless? Confused? My first post introduces this process. Neither the atheist nor the theist contests this point. The atheist points to words like Elohim (which the atheist claims is the plural of “God” in Hebrew, but a simple Google search reveals… Continue reading 2. The Biblical Concept of God Evolved from Polytheism to Monotheism
In an earlier post I argued that the oft-used “morally sufficient reason” rebuttal to the problems of suffering and the hidden God is a bad rebuttal. The way these discussions tend to go is summarised below, starting with the problem of suffering: Your definition of a God is incompatible with all the suffering we see.… Continue reading Follow-up on ‘Morally Sufficient Reason?’
I like the ‘Hidden God’ and the ‘Problem of Suffering’ as arguments against God. The arguments are very simple: God should not hide Himself from us as convincingly as He does and leave our salvation to the capricious luck of faith; suffering caused by the whims of natural powers should not exist. But in response… Continue reading Morally Sufficient Reason?
As I am rebuilding my sources against the cosmological argument, I thought I might as well address the simpler version of it: Why is there something rather than nothing? I'm not going to discuss the "I don't know, therefore God" line of reasoning (as everyone I bother to engage with knows that's bad reasoning) I… Continue reading Something Rather than Nothing?
There are essentially two forms of the cosmological argument, one as a syllogism that I had written extensively on and then gotten bored with before my blogs were deleted, and an oversimplified question. The question is "why is there something rather than nothing?" which I will write briefly on soon, but I recommend you buy… Continue reading An Expansion from Nonsense: rebutting the cosmological argument
The sentiment behind the quote I’ve made the title of this post is an oft-repeated sentiment (although, this exact wording I’ve just taken from an interview between Sam Harris and Bill Maher). And the sentiment can be reversed; every Muslim is an atheist with respect to Christianity. The sentiment is often followed with words akin… Continue reading “Every Christian is an Atheist with Respect to Islam”