Sunday, April 01, 2007

6 Arguments for God; 6 Reasons They're Wrong

An advertisement asked me if drinking made me more attractive and accepted. I knew the question was loaded, so I clicked the link and found this: http://www.everynovastudent.com/isthere.php

Oh love--6 reasons why there has to be a God. Well, here's 6 counter-arguments. Eat them; they are poison for your fallacy ridden proofs.

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1. The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today. (followed by various statistics of geology, biology, and astronomy).

This argument fails to consider that life has adapted to the conditions provided. Humanity exists because those necessary conditions allowed for human existence to begin, which led to the world we have today. It's easily possible that life on earth did not have to exist; however, humanity has a strange sense of manifest destiny that makes an argument like this succeed on an emotional level.

2. The human brain's complexity shows a higher intelligence behind it. (once again, followed by statistics)

There was a time where science believed there was life on Mars. Why? There appeared to be canals on its surface, as visible through shitty industrial-era telescopes. This argument reminds me of that erroneous assumption; with improved technology and time, it will be more than apparent that the human brain is a machine.

3. "Chance" or "natural causes are insufficient explanations.

Wow, that's a bold statement. Part of the following text cites "A person who discounts God is left with the conclusion that all of this came about without cause, without design, and is merely good fortune." This statement is a good mirror of humanity's apparent self-worth. Is it "good fortune" that humanity exists? Only from a human perspective. The universe does not care whether or not our species exists. In fact, it doesn't care about anything; it's not capable of it.

4. To state with certainty that there is no God, a person has to ignore the passion of an enormously vast number of people who are convinced that there is a God.

Bandwagon logical fallacy.

5. We know God exists because he pursues us. He is constantly initiating and seeking for us to come to him.

I once had a crush on a friend of mine. I saw any motion of hers that recognized my existence as a sign of interest. It wasn't, but I saw it that way because I wanted it to be.

6. Unlike any other revelation of God, Jesus Christ is the clearest, most specific picture of God pursuing us.

The following passage states: "you'll find that Buddha, Muhammad, Confucius and Moses all identified themselves as teachers or prophets. None of them ever claimed to be equal to God. Surprisingly, Jesus did." So? I could claim to be God. Still doesn't mean that God exists. This argument equates to this short script:
Me: "I am a unicorn."
A Guy: "O rly?"
Me: "Yes."
A Guy: "Ahh, so unicorns are real. I am enlightened.

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Even if their points were true, by some obscure chance, they never successfully argued the validity of the Christian God over some other entity. I'm still not compelled to trust something as important as my spirituality with a bunch of 2000-year-old dead guys, let alone a specific group of 2000-year-old dead guys who have no more credibility than all the other, even older dead guys.

It's depressing to know that humanity is a horde of chemical processing sacks. It's also true. Believe what you will, but the truth remains what it is--true.

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