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I’ve been told my style of confronting religious issues is, uhm, brash, I guess, too aggressive and not constructive. It has been suggested I ask people why they believe in God. I’m assuming the popularity of the design argument puts it up there as a prominent reason, and the word tricks in the ontological argument make it an unpopular reason, but not completely absent as a reason.
To get the ball rolling, I’ll blog my way through Peter Kreeft’s 20 arguments. It seems fair, and should keep me occupied for a while. I’ll also offer my opinion of some of the reasons atheists give for not believing in God, although the common one is a lack of a good argument, or evidence, to believe in God.
While some of the arguments speak to some generic kind of deity and could be used to support any creator being, like Allah, Yahweh, or Bramanah, others speak specifically to an Abrahamic type deity, like the ontological argument. I will of course entertain other possibilities when the arguments could point towards other possibilities.
Some sites on the web claim to have far more than 20 arguments. If one of the ones you particularly find convincing, or struggle to get around as an atheist, is not among Kreeft’s 20, please post either the complete argument, or a link to it in the comments section of this post. Because in general, I’m not going to bother with arguments from belief and so on, unless someone expressly claims their validity.
Also, any atheists who have any arguments against god’s existence they particularly like should also put them in the comments, and the debate can begin.
These posts are fair game for debate, even if it is just for the sake of exercising the muscle in your head with the most nerdy and oldest debate in History. Please join in, as it’s unlikely I will find every possible rebuttal or supporting claim for all the arguments in question.
The “God’s existence” category will be broken into two sub categories, for and against, to make it easier for people to navigate. While doing this I intend to get back to reading through the Bible, and hopefully the Quran, Bagavad-Gita and the Upanishads.
I may ask commentors here to write guest posts outlining the arguments hey like in order to minimise me straw manning the arguments. If you are a believer, here’s a chance to say why, and if you aren’t, here is your chance too.