My Beleifs – A Comment Becomes a Post

I was writing this in a comment in a blog called Strange Notions. I have not posted anything here for a while and I thought it might make for some interesting reading. It is a comment to an article titled: How to Perfectly Know the Existence of God, by , and it is basically Aquinas’. It is on the website “Strange Notions.”

I am responding to a post by someone saying that if you can’t proof with 100% certainty God does not exist,

“…why [are] atheists (specially on the internet), they’re always trying to deny or disproof God?… I think this is where faith comes [in] , I don’t need 100% proof to believe in God, what I have is enough for me. But atheists, have this same faith to not believe.”

Here is my response:

A God or pantheon of gods may exist. Indeed, all kinds of supernatural possibilities are… possible. The question is how likely are they, given what we observe? Is it reasonable to believe in them?

Generally atheists on the internet are challenging assertions of knowledge of a god, or reasonable belief in a god, or, as is here in this very piece, that perfect knowledge that a god exists can be demonstrated with relative ease.

I agree, you don’t need 100% proof to believe in something, nor do you need 100% proof to reject believing in something. But we can make arguments about what is reasonable to believe based on what we observe.

As for faith, it depends what you mean by that word. I believe things when there is a reasonable basis to do so, based on evidence. I see no point in using the word “faith”.

Generally, atheists like myself lack a belief in any gods because what is presented to us is too vague, or there simply is not a good enough evidence to believe in them, particularly since these gods and other divine beings are claimed to do things that science tells us are impossible. Moreover, particularly with the Christian god, there are large problems of it engaging in acts I consider to be obviously immoral and unconscionable, which are not sufficiently explained by theists, but which are very understandable as historic myths written down by iron age mystics based on theology, oral tradition, and straight up creative writing.

In terms of the arguments against god, particularly the Christian idea of a god, here are a few good positive atheist arguments:

The argument from evil/suffering. (If just one instance of the suffering that seems to be pointless to us, is in fact pointless, there can be no all-powerful, all-good deity, that cares about us.)

The argument from non-resistant unbelievers. (If there is just one person, who honestly does wish to be in a loving relationship with god, and is not, no god exists.)

The argument from non-god objects. (If god created the universe, and he had the option of not creating it, the only good option was not to create. Before elements of creation with free will existed, the universe was populated by perfection and ultra goodness alone. It is impossible to improve upon this, therefore by creating other conscious beings with the capacity for sin and immorality, God could only create the risk of negative effects. It could only degrade his perfection.)

(You will note all of these arguments are related to Justin Scheiber. He is pretty much the only and definitely the individual I have come across, who makes positive atheist arguments.)


About Brian Green Adams

I am an atheist in Canada. I know something about law. "Brian Green Adams" is a pseudonym, taken from Brian Eno, Robert Green Ingersol, and Douglas Adams. Three of my favourite atheists. Not to mention The Life of Brian, Brian Green (physicist), Eno's "Another Green World", and Adam from Genesis in the Bible. The connection to Brian Adams is an unfortunate coincidence, though I was very fond of him when I was 12.
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