Sunday, August 10, 2008

God is Imaginary: #17 Think about Leprechauns

Think about Leprechauns.

They have set up a straw man in this post by adding "therefore it exists" to the end of the argument. The argument as I have read and heard it runs as follows: without the attributes of God--omniscience and omnipresence, for example--it is impossible to prove that something does not exist. All one can do is demonstrate a probability to that effect. It may be highly improbable for God to exist, but improbability does not constitute proof.

All of their proofs are simply links back to their previous articles, so I'll skip them.

Of course, in the real world, any object that provides no evidence for its existence is classified as imaginary.

Using the discussion of Shakespeare in the comments on the previous post as an example, if you ascribed everything that Shakespeare did to someone else (Francis Bacon anyone?), and rejected the testimony of all contemporary witnesses as pro-Shakespeare propagandists, and all archaeological remains as belonging to someone else, you would quickly find that there was no evidence for Shakespeare either.

What evidence has God left? The earth and heavens and all that is in them, to use a Biblical phrase. Of course, the nature of the universe is simply the way things are--requiring no creation. The complexity of life is random chemical reactions coupled with biological processes. All sedimentary evidence of a global flood is the result of millions of years of sedimentary accumulation. The history given in the Bible is mythology, the product of story tellers and wandering minstrels, with the occasional odd fact thrown in for authenticity.

In conclusion, if you reject all disconfirming evidence, you will have no problem maintaining your thesis, whatever it is.

Back to the Fifty Reasons.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10:10 PM  

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