Thursday, August 19, 2010

Defining Atheism


free0352 said...

In defense of atheism I'm pretty sure stuff happened because we're here, yet there seems to be no evidence of a higher power, god, gods, ghosts, demons, supernatural creatures, other dementions, hell, heaven, destiny or anything else. In fact the only case for creationism it seems is the universe is very complicated. I often wonder how observing a complicated universe is supposed to convince me there is an invisible being that sees everything with a list of 10 things I'm not allowed to do and whose staff don't have to pay taxes. I suppose I can't prove there isn't a god because... there isn't any evidence there is one so I guess I should keep an open mind.

T. Paine said...

I understand your points, Free. Indeed I used to make those very same arguments myself.

I worked very hard for years trying to disprove the likely existence of God, such as one could. It seemed the more research I did, the more I found far greater minds than my own having made the case for a Divine Creator.

Indeed science and God are not a dichotomy at all. In fact, I would argue that God uses the laws of nature, which He put into place, in the creation of the universe.

The complexities of physics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, organic chemistry and on and on are so well ordered in their coexistence that it takes a far greater leap of faith to think that the universe and mankind came about out of chaos through random chance than by the workings of God, at least to my mind.

I am doing some more research now in what little "free time" I have, but will be doing a few postings on this very topic in the hopefully near future.

I would be extremely curious to hear your feedback at that time in particular, as you have an uncanny ability to get to the chink in the armor of any argument, my friend! ;)

free0352 said...

I don't know man, I just don't get it.

T. Paine said...

That is pretty funny when placed in that context. You are aware that Catholicism doesn't preach a literal interpretation of the Old Testament though, right?

free0352 said...

Yes, but I figured I had to get you back!