Why Atheism?

May 28, 2009 at 12:04 | Posted in Atheism, Religion | Leave a comment

 

There really shouldn’t be a need to write a post with the title Why Atheism? The absurdity of theistic beliefs has been exposed for centuries, again and again, on strictly logical grounds only, but recent advancements in science have really put the final nail into whatever pseudo-empirical rejoinder the theists had to offer. However, as Atheism still remains the minority opinion globally, it is from time to time necessary to repeat the obvious.

For those who think the issue calls for some humour there’s always the Internet Infidels’ classic “Hundreds of Proofs of God’s Existence”, made famous in Dawkin’s “The God Delusion”. Some of my personal favourites:

ARGUMENT FROM THE BIBLE
(1) [arbitrary passage from OT]
(2) [arbitrary passage from NT]
(3) Therefore, God exists.

ARGUMENT FROM NUMBERS
(1) Billions of people believe in God.
(2) They can’t all be wrong, can they?
(3) Therefore, God exists.

ARGUMENT FROM FALLIBILITY
(1) Human reasoning is inherently flawed.
(2) Therefore, there is no reasonable way to challenge a proposition.
(3) I propose that God exists.
(4) Therefore, God exists.

ARGUMENT FROM ARGUMENTATION
(1) God exists.
(2) [Atheist’s counterargument]
(3) Yes he does.
(4) [Atheist’s counterargument]
(5) Yes he does!
(6) [Atheist’s counterargument]
(7) YES HE DOES!!!
(8) [Atheist gives up and goes home.]
(9) Therefore, God exists.

But, for the more seriously inclined, this discussion should refresh the memory.

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