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Atheism . Strongly disagree. Does God exist? . Before one can question the existence of God, one must determine what a sound definition of God is. What or who is God to you?. Is This God?. This is the typical Christian representation of God, but what about the other representations of God?.

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Strongly disagree

does god exist
Does God exist?
  • Before one can question the existence of God, one must determine what a sound definition of God is. What or who is God to you?
is this god
Is This God?

This is the typical Christian representation of God, but what about the other representations of God?

representing god
Representing God
  • These could all be supreme beings, but why do we pick the guy with the big beard as a representation of God?
  • Why do we even believe in a god at all?
  • And furthermore, what is God?
  • We pick the big bearded fellow because he is the typical wise man. We pick the typical wise man because we feel a sense of security, but before one can even ponder whether God exists, one must ask themselves what is God?
  • In the words of Sigmund Freud, God is an invention that satisfies a deep-seated, human emotional craving for authority. He said that the helplessness adults experience in the world, like that experienced by an infant is converted into a fantasy in which a sovereign father bestows security in exchange for complete submission.
why do people feel they need security
Why do people feel they need security?
  • The security people find in religion is based on the belief that the supreme being, or beings, will provide love for their creation and eternal life for those who worship them.
  • This is highlighted most in Pascal wager, that concludes from a gamblers point of view that believing in God is the safest bet.
  • However, there is no proof to explain the existence of the supreme being.
  • Some may argue that even with all the scientific evidence that our world was created by a series of events that caused each other to lead to our existence, there must be a cause that itself is not caused.
  • Sadly, even if there was an uncaused beginning to these chains of events it does not prove that the cause was an all powerful, all knowing being.
  • Theories such as the big bang theory can give people a scientific explanation for this cause.
pain and suffering what s up with that
“Pain and Suffering” What’s up with that?
  • One of the most valid arguments for disproving the existence of a loving divinity is that our world is so full of pain and suffering.
  • As stated by Nick Smith “I think that if God wanted to leave a sign that he created the universe and that he existed in you, he would have created some incredibly beautiful universe with exceptionally moral human beings, rather than this chaos where we have to struggle to survive.”
  • The criticism for this is that this is a limited perspective, that is relative, and that if we could see the reasoning behind all the pain/suffering we would not complain.
  • Our counter-argument for this is that this view is compatible with any state of affairs, that the end will always justify the means, even if our universe was much worse or much better. It is an argument that systematically evades all possible falsification, hence it is no real explanation. If there is no way to show that this explanation is false, it makes no sense, and is thus invalid.
the theistic response
The Theistic response
  • Some theists have challenged this argument, stating that humans have rejected God and in doing so through their “free will” have created the problems of evil and are the ones responsible.
  • So let me ask you this: God created us right? The trees, the sky, everything? Yet he created all the evils too, did he not? You can argue that our free will is the cause of this, but does God not know what we are going to do before we do it, seeing as he is all-knowing and all-powerful? This either makes God a sadist, or us a bunch of chumps.
  • This is Sartre’s belief that God is a contradiction, like a square circle, and just as we have no use for square circles, we have no use for God.
the gerflagenflopple
The Gerflagenflopple
  • Imagine that we have a conversation one day and I say to you, "I believe in the gerflagenflopple. You cannot prove that the gerflagenflopple does not exist, therefore it exists." You can see that this is ridiculous. Just because I have invented something out of thin air does not mean that its non-existence is suddenly unprovable.
  • There has to be some evidence that the gerflagenflopple exists in order to assert its existence. Since there is not, it is quite easy to say that the gerflagenflopple is imaginary.
  • Now let's imagine that we have a conversation one day and I say to you, "I believe in Leprechauns. You cannot prove that Leprechauns do not exist, therefore they exist." You actually have heard of Leprechauns. There are lots of books, movies and fairy tales dealing with Leprechauns. People talk about Leprechauns all the time. Leprechauns even have a popular brand of breakfast cereal. But that does not mean that Leprechauns exist. There is no physical evidence for the existence of Leprechauns. Not a single bit. Therefore, it is obvious to any normal person that Leprechauns are imaginary.
and now god
And now God…
  • Now let’s imagine that we have a discussion about God, and I tell you that God exists. Looking at the gerflagenflopple, the leprechauns, and God, you will realize that there is no difference between them and God.
  • Lots of people talk about God as though he exists, but there is no actual evidence for God's existence.
  • God has never left any physical evidence of his existence on earth.
  • All historical gods were imaginary and we know it.
  • None of Jesus' "miracles" left any physical evidence either.
  • God has never spoken to modern man, for example by taking over all the television stations and broadcasting a rational message to everyone.
  • The resurrected Jesus has never appeared to anyone.
  • The Bible we have is provably incorrect and is obviously the work of primitive men rather than God.
  • When we analyze prayer with statistics, we find no evidence that God is "answering prayers."
  • Huge atrocities like the Holocaust and AIDS occur without any response from God.
  • And so on…
think about them
Think About Them…
  • The following arguments are simple Deductive reasoning arguments that solidify the Statement “God Doesn’t Exist”
transcendental argument
  • God doesn’t exist.
  • If God doesn’t exist, then if reason exists, then God doesn’t exist.
  • Reason exists.
  • Therefore, God doesn’t exist.
cosmological argument
  • If I say something doesn’t have a cause, it doesn’t have a cause.
  • I say the universe doesn’t have a cause.
  • Therefore, the universe doesn’t have a cause.
  • Therefore, God doesn’t exist.
ontological argument i
  • I define God to be X.
  • Since I cannot conceive of X, X must not exist.
  • Therefore, God doesn’t exist.
ontological argument ii
  • I can’t conceive of a perfect God.
  • One of the qualities of perfection is existence.
  • Therefore, God doesn’t exist.
model ontological argument
  • God doesn’t exist.
  • God, if existing, is either necessary or unnecessary.
  • God is not necessary, therefore God must be unnecessary.
  • Therefore, God doesn’t exist.
argument from creation vs evolution
  • If evolution is true, then creationism is false, and therefore God doesn’t exist.
  • Creation can’t be true, since I lack the mental capacity to understand it and am not at all interested in studying it; moreover, to accept its truth would cause me to be uncomfortable
  • Therefore, God doesn’t exist.