Yesterday, I appeared on Atheists On Air to discuss my book, blog, the Global Secular Council, and podcast. Cash, the host, also discusses the recent SCOTUS decision on the Hobby Lobby case. Find the links below to listen!
In this blog, I want to answer a few questions involving the existence of God. When discussing this topic openly with theists in an honest and respectful way, I’ve found these to be the most common. As broad as the debate can vary, I’ll keep it concise and clear.
Can you disprove God?
It is very important to define what we mean by “god” when we ask that question. When it comes to theistic gods, history can help us find their roots. If we find where the beliefs originated and how the first believers understood the god or gods they worshiped, it is safe to say these gods are probably nothing more than man-made myths; thus, leaving us with no reason to believe they actually exist.
As far as a deistic god, it becomes difficult. Since naturalism helps us understand how the universe works, many previously unanswered questions have been rationally answered. A deistic god seems improbable, but we truly don’t know whether or not it exists.
I will be taking part in a 2 hour moderated forum debate, arguing for the proposition:
“This house believes that the Christian god almost certainly doesn’t exist.”
Hosting the debate will be the forum AtheismAndSecularDebate. Taking place on January 9th, 2014, I will be joining ElijiahT (Christian apologist with a background in biology and philosophy) as we discuss the probability of the Christian god’s existence. I’ve read some of his work from his blog – it’s well written and concise. He seems to have an interest in science so I’m interested in how this debate will unfold. My book primarily argues against a literal interpretation of scripture (I also believe that, if one chooses to be a particular theist, a literal interpretation is necessary to understanding the commandments of an omniscient god – but I’ll get into that later!) and from what I’ve gathered, he doesn’t seem to follow such a belief (but who does anyways, right?). Regardless of our positions, it should prove interesting none the less. He seems eager for discussion and in my experience, those willing tend to contribute positively to the conversation.
The debate can be found here. The debate begins at 6:30 pm US Central time.