Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Quick Q/A

I'll answer Hannah's questions later, but I wanted to get this one out of the way.
Anonymous writes: How do you know God doesn't exist?

I reserve the right to respond with a question of my own: how do you know God does exist? If you can provide scientifically testable data that proves God's existence, I will rethink my position. Will you reconsider yours? I'll wait for your answers.

1 comment:

Martin Wagner said...

I would answer more bluntly. God as a concept has never had a clear definition universally accepted by the world's theists, in the way, for example, you would know exactly what manner of being I was speaking of if I were to say the word "cat."

God in his Christian incarnation is a being defined in self-contradictory terms. He is said to be both omniscient and omnipotent, but these attributes cancel one another out. A omniscient being would never be able to do something that he did not know for an eternity in advance he was going to do; his inability to do this immediately renders him non-omnipotent. Furthermore, omnipotence is itself self-contradictory; it all goes back to that childhood Sunday School stumper, "Can God create a rock so big he can't lift it?" This usually gets a stern glare and an admonishment not to ask such stupid questions, but it isn't as stupid as it may sound. In short, can God do anything he cannot undo? If yes, he's not omnipotent, because he cannot undo the thing. If no, he's not omnipotent, QED.

So, as anything that contains a contradiction cannot be true, I can say with confidence that Christianity's God does not exist.