STRONG ATHEISM: WHY I’M AN ATHEIST
The strongest arguments for the existence of god are so circular in begging the question that they are readily dismantled.
So-called “strong atheism” seems a little arrogant, when it comes to strongly asserting the non-existence of something, but when it is something so absurd as “God”, the strong position is not so far-fetched.
If someone were to assert the non-existence of the Easter Bunny, in the sense of an actual anthropomorphic rabbit, most people would agree without hesitation. The case for the existence “God” is only stronger than the case for the Easter Bunny because no one has bothered to argue for the Easter Bunny. The case for the existence of god makes about as much sense. It is arguing for a meaningless and patently absurd concept.
Strongly asserting “God does not exist” is no less arrogant than asserting “A twelve-galaxy-tall chocolate bunny does not exist.”
Someone can always ask “How do you know for sure?” And yes, while you have not empirically proven the non-existence of the twelve-galaxy-tall chocolate bunny, the weight of probability is so grossly in favor of its non-existence that there are more productive and less nonsensical cosmic problems to devote your time to.
1. Again, the definition of God is so general as to be completely devoid of meaning.
2. This of course raises the obvious question, what caused God? Even if you concede a “Big Bang” theory of the universe, the leap from that to a conscious sentient creator is a ridiculously huge leap. The argument that God is the ex nihilo creator, that he created everything out of nothing is an absurdity. Nothing can come from nothing. No power can create something from nothing. Power cannot create contradictions, because contradictions cannot exist as anything but verbal statements. For example; no amount of power can create a square circle. To create refers to shaping, making, constructing something from something. To say create implies or means that something is brought into existence from non-existence, not out of any prior raw material, is a meaningless and contradictory assertion. If the universe is “everything” how is “god” outside of it? This is all ridiculous bullshit and word-games.
The “Gods” or “God” do not exist “out there” – they are the product of human imagination (either projected or encountered in introverted mental states) in turn based in the carnal evolution of the human brain and nervous system.
To say “god” might exist is actually more nonsensical than saying a 12 galaxy tall chocolate rabbit might exist because a “12 galaxy tall chocolate rabbit” is actually a more coherent description with specific meaning than “god” which has been used and stretched to the point that it has NO meaning whatsoever.
Once you say any term such as “god” can mean ANYTHING you want it to, it is rendered MEANINGLESS and devoid of any referential content outside of the personal whim of whoever is using it.
Even the best most abstract attempts to frame a coherent definition of god or argument for its existence are circular, begging the question, and pre-assume what they profess to “prove.”
It is safe to say “god” doesn’t exist because it is a meaningless or self-refuting concept AT BEST.
Again – that some here can’t follow this is not the shortcoming of the case, rather of their comprehension – they keep sliding back to “you never know” or “you can’t PROVE its not…” etc.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO “PROVE” IT – IT IS SELF-REFUTING NONSENSE INCAPABLE OF PROOF BECAUSE IT IS DEVOID OF MEANING TO BEGIN WITH.
Water seeks its own level.
If religious people were capable of REASONING they would not BELIEVE their nonsense to begin with. They are not capable.
If so-called “agnostics” who want to say “you never know” were capable of comprehending that the premise is LOGICALLY flawed and self-refuting in the first place, that there is NOTHING to prove or disprove, they wouldn’t waffle around wondering if the absurd might still be hiding out there in the universe somewhere.
The shortcoming is not in the reasons for dismissing the idea – the shortcoming is in the inability of the individual to understand why.
LOGIC or REASON is not a “faith” or some arcane system of brainwashing. Its use is in disciplining thought. Part of it is weeding out patently absurd and self-refuting concepts to begin with.
Most people are addicted to their own sloppy inner dialogue, usually based on sloppy use of language and lack of real reasoning skills. This is why there will always be Religions in the world until someone fulfills James Watson’s hope of a genetic cure for stupidity.