A case against God is only as good as the God it seeks to demolish.


Alec Lindsay said…
A maxim is only as good as the argument it encapsulates.
Salman Latif said…
I once held that purely objective measures are inadequate when it comes to arguing purely subjective notions. But I backed off that argument.
I disagree with this statement too. Would it make sense if I said,
"A case against Flying Spaghetti Monster is only as good as the FSM it seeks to demolish" ??
Awais Aftab said…
@ Salman

Flying Spaghetti Monster is a rather narrow concept. The conceptions of God are far diverse and heterogenous. Every case against God assumes a particular notion of God, and generally there would be notions of God which would be immune to that particular attack.

For instance, Dawkins describes the God of Old Testament in God Delusion: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

A case against such a deity obviously will not suffice for many other conceptions.

The more sophisticated, the more refined the conception of God, the more sophisticated and the more refined case you'd have to bring against it.
stumblingmystic said…
We really need to talk again. :-)