Wednesday, February 09, 2011
[Would he approve of atheism?]
The primary problem I have with atheism is that atheism consistently fails the duck test:
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
The universe seems to have been created from nothing. This implies that universe is the creation of a transcendent supreme being.
Additionally, the universe appears to be fine tuned to make life possible. This implies that the creator designed the universe having in mind to make it habitable.
Atheists will claim that actually our universe is one bubble in a multiverse. Therefore, the entire multiverse actually has existed eternally (which by the way violates the laws of thermodynamics) and by sheer chance one multiverse turned out to be fine tuned for life.
Even the simplest living things are complex beyond human comprehension. A complex and purposeful machine, such as a pump, is obviously the work of an intelligent designer. Therefore surely the human heart, for example, is clearly the work of a supremely intelligent being.
Atheists will insist that regardless of how unlikely it may seem, life originated by chance. It then continued to develop through random chance variation and natural selection.
The fossils indicate sudden changes not gradual trial and error evolution.
Atheists insist that evolution did happen, however the fossils clearly demonstrating that gradual trial and error process are always lost.
It would seem to be clear from Jewish history that the Torah was revealed before millions of people and was not merely the work of one charlatan.
Atheists generally suggest that Ezra wrote the Torah.
We see ourselves as inhabiting our bodies but we don't identify ourselves by it. This feeling begins with the smallest children and is universal culturally. Also, we all feel the freedom to make choices that are not determined by prior causes. Therefore, we hold people responsible for their behavior and either reward or punish them accordingly. These perceptions imply the existence of an incorporeal essence.
Atheists insist that these feelings are merely illusions.
So in other words, again and again, atheists insist that something appears to be one thing but is actually something else entirely different. It looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, but it's really a goldfish wearing a duck costume. This is implausible. I don't think that we are constantly deceiving ourselves; I think atheism just doesn't make sense.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 3:13 PM