Over the years, I have often debated on the nature of God and against religion. Over time, my arguments have become more refined (in a roundabout way), but today, a new thought popped into my head. In all my back-and-forth’s (which I’ve finally realized is futile, because people believe what they want, not what is true), I’ve always made my argument in a lack of context. The result being the sabotage of my argument, first by its lack of context, but further still, in its complexity.
Right off the bat, any argument instigated in such a way is crippled. So from now on, if I ever get into such a personal debate again (which I’m thinking not too), it will go something like this:
Since nothing can ever be thought of as certain, even in science, specifically quantum mechanics, which at its foundation, precludes absolute certainty (the highest is 99.9999…%), therefore, we are forced to deal with varying probabilities of certainty, and should tackle the question of God in such a way. So with that being said, and in light of my earlier contextual ambiguities and unnecessary complexity, I have boiled it down to these two questions:
1) Which of the following propositions is more likely?
i. The universe is eternal and uncaused, therefore has always existed in one form or another
ii. The universe was caused into existence, by an uncaused being, who by definition, is eternal
2) Is there a difference between options i and ii?
iii. Semantics; that is, lingual or imagined
iv. Physical; that is, real, and not imagined
Ponder them a few minutes before answering. But it is really that simple. Everything about religion, god, the cosmos, our place in the universe et al, boils down to the answers of these two questions. How you answer becomes the foundation of your belief.
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Fourat Janabi is the author of Random Rationality: A Rational Guide to an Irrational World, available for $1.99 on Kindle, and $7.99 on Paperback. Subscribe to this blog for email updates, and receive Random Rationality for free…