Friday, July 20, 2007
[statue of Zeus at the ancient town of Olympia, on the west coast of modern Greece, about 150 km west of Athens]
I have been told that atheism is "the philosophical position that God or gods do not exist".
Let’s think about this for a second. What exactly is meant by the expression “God or gods”?
Possible meaning #1: Something capable of creating something from nothing.
This is clearly nonsense, since cosmologists have proven that the universe was created from nothing about 13.7 billion years ago. So it would seem that something did create something from nothing.
Possible meaning #2: Something supernatural; something that does not behave according to natural laws.
This is clearly nonsense since scientists have proven that subatomic particles do in fact not behave in a completely predictable way; in other words they do not follow natural laws.
Possible meaning #3: Something superior to humans.
This is clearly nonsense, since there is no way of knowing if superior forms of intelligent life do not exist somewhere in the universe.
In other words, late 20th century science has completely pulled the rug out from under atheism. Perhaps this is one reason why atheism seems to have run out steam a bit in recent decades while the allure of religion is growing. Similar to Communism, atheism is a quaint 19th century ideology that has now been discredited.
Atheism continues as a sort of self-serving gut feeling that “there is no judge and no judgment”, but intellectually it’s bankrupt.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 10:53 AM