A commenter on a previous post made this statement:
I’ve always wondered what Atheists mean when they mention ‘evidence’ that disproves God.
Of course, no rationalist worth his salt would ever claim that they had evidence that disproves god. But, by the same token, every rationalist worth his salt knows that there is evidence for a lack of god, which is not the same thing as saying it disproves his existence. If you take all the evidence that points to a lack of gods, and add it all up, cumulatively you must come to the conclusion that god is highly improbable, and in many cases impossible, depending on the god you’re referring to.
Take any one piece of evidence in a vacuum, and all you have is a perplexing piece of information that tends to contradict the notion of god. Take them all and put them on a scale, along with all the evidence in favor of any god’s existence, and the scale tips overwhelmingly towards a lack of god. It has to, or you are not using one balanced with reason and logic. You must be using the Christian scale, the one where faith keeps its thumb pressed heavily on the god side.
For the sake of argument, assume god exists. Then, with that assumption in mind, look at the following facts, and ask yourself how each one doesn’t support the assumption.
- Katrina. You remember that? Wiped out New Orleans. And that’s just one of the more recent examples of a natural disaster that was not stopped by god. How could there be a compassionate god that allows people to suffer and die in natural disasters? And please, spare me the apologetics and rationalizations, of punishments for the evil of mankind, or testing our faith, yada, yada, yada. Because you have to admit that the people who suffer and die, in those rationalizations, are usually not the people who god is displeased with or need testing.
- Indian Ocean Tsunami. Another good one. Many more dead bodies in this one too. Lots of innocent children, too. See below. Apparently, god doesn’t care.
- World Trade Center on 9/11
- Scientific explanations for all those things previously attributed to god. Lets start with simple things like lighting and thunder (god’s wrath), drought (wrath again) pestilence (yawn). The beautiful complexity of nature? Oh, evolution. The sun stills revolves around the earth, now doesn’t it? And let us not forget that archeology has pretty much determined that much of the history in the Bible is bunk. Naturalistic explanations for the world far exceed those of theistic explanations. In fact, so far, no theistic explanation has been proven to be true.
- Churches that burn down when struck with lightning. Shows you just how much confidence all those churches with those tall steeples have in their god. They all have lightning rods attached. Can you say “I’ll pray to god, but trust in science”?
- Ted Haggard. Need I say more? I do? Ok, John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Jerry Fallwell, James Dobson, Ken Ham, Kent Hovind…yada, yada, yada.
- Cancer. And god gave us the intellect to figure out how to beat cancer, and we still haven’t been able to do it. Of course, if he hadn’t created cancer in the first place, we wouldn’t have had to invest millions of dollars in research every year, not to mention the often excruciating suffering and deaths caused by cancer. And that’s just one disease.
- AIDS (Oh. Wait. That one was actually designed by god as a punishment for homosexuality. Unfortunately, Ryan White wasn’t a homosexual.)
- The New Orleans Saints have never won a Super Bowl. In fact, they’ve never played in one.
- Starving children all over the world. Actually, let’s generalize that even more. Suffering children all over the world. Children without parents, children born with AIDS, children born into fundamentalist families (ooops, how’d that get in there?), children who are raped by priests, neglected, beaten or sold into sexual slavery, children who…well, need I go on?
- My aching back. Actually, this is more evidence that if there is a god, and he designed us, he should have his credentials revoked.
- Multiple, mostly contradictory religions. And let’s not forget that Jesus Christ’s one true religion has broken up into tens of thousands of splinter religions and sects, from the original Catholicism (to the extent it was original) through all the eastern and orthodox Catholics, not to mention all the Protestant sects. If there was a god, would he abide all this confusion?
- Mike Huckabee’s Presidential campaign. He was the candidate of god. Yes, I know the rest of them pay a lot of lip service to the man in the sky, but Huckabee was the anointed one. He had god on his side. Why couldn’t god pull off a victory, by placing Huckabee in our hearts?
- Last, but not least, a total lack of any credible, falsifiable evidence that there is or ever was a god. Look at the well balanced, unbiased scale. There is nothing on the god side.
- Can anyone else point to other evidence?
So yes Mr. Pulpiteer, there is nothing that absolutely disproves god’s existence. But there is so much evidence that would not exist if there was a god, that one can only come to the conclusion that god is highly improbable. As one of the characters says in the book I’m reading right now for our Nonbelieving Literati discussion
No, Steff didn’t know there wasn’t a God, he was merely one hundred percent fucking certain.