Originally Posted by Falconer
I guess you will have to enlighten me o'wise one. How can you prove Atheism?
As far as not trying to offend anybody, you are the best offender I have ever seen not trying to offend anybody. You are basically calling all believers irrational, illogical, and not reality based. Funny how a person could be offended by that kind of statement. I guess for what I lack in rational, I make up for in common sense.
Wow, alot has gone on in this thread. Slug's original posted article seems to have fallen by the wayside. No matter. I'm sorry that you are offended, but you don't posess a lick of "common sense" as you proclaim. "Common sense" would surely
tell you that a belief in god was ridiculous. There are so many ways to show this. Even though in a "rational" world, the impetus would be on you to prove the existence of this "god"; I'll throw out some food for thought to show how silly the whole idea is. First, let's set some ground rules. When I am speaking about "god", I am talking about the monotheistic Judeo-Christian-Islamic variety. I don't have time to get into all of the other assorted "gods" that people have made up over the years. Secondly, this "god" that we're talking about would have all of the following attributes:
1. omnipotent (all-powerful)
2. omniscient (all-knowing)
3. omnibenevolent (all-good)
I think that these characteristics are the most commonly accepted so we'll go with them. Now, a "god" who had all of these would be super-rific-licious. Right? A "god" who displayed all of these is also a mass of contradictions. It is logically and rationally impossible.
Exhibit A - Omnipotence is impossible because "god" would be unable to limit his powers. Could "god" make a rock so big and heavy that even he couldn't lift it
If he could make it, then his inability to lift it would defeat his omnipotence.
Exhibit B - Omnipotence conflicts with "god's" omniscience. If "god" knows in advance everything that will happen, he can do nothing to change it. "God" stands helplessly by as the future unfolds, because to change it would falsify his prior belief about said future.
Exhibit C - Omniscience conflicts with "god's" omnibenevolence. Certainly a morally perfect "god" couldn't have any knowledge of the feelings of hate, cruelty, lust, or envy.
Exhibit D - "God's" omniscience and omnipotence are at polar opposites with his omnibenevolence. A "god" who could prevent evil would surely do so unless he were unable or unaware of this evil.
We could go on and on.
Once again, just some food for thought...