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"Where did everything come from?" Debunking theistic arguments.

Updated on May 5, 2017

Throughout Earth history, humanity has worshiped a plethora of deities. Thor, Zeus, Allah, and Aengus are a couple of examples but there are of course much more. Logic, reason, and being rationale is part of human nature. People desire to make sense of situations. Relating rationality with the belief in a deity, it'll be interesting to see how theists attempt to make sense of their beliefs in God(s). I've gone out of my way to study how theists rationalize a belief in God(s). One common pattern that I and probably the reader of this article have heard as a justification for the existence of a God, is using Causality. It's no secret causality is a common concept. If you jump into a pit of lava, you'll die in anguish. If you drink bleach, your health will be in danger. Simple concept to grasp. How does this apply to modern day theists? The following paradigm explains it.

  • Who made you? Correct answer: Parents.
  • Who made them? Correct answer: Their parents.
  • Who made them? Correct answer: Their parents.
  • Who made them? Correct answer: Their parents.
  • Who made the earth?
  • Who made the universe?

Eventually, the theist will come to a point where if a person responds to one of the questions saying they don't know, that's where the theist will insert their deity. Now let's dive a little deeper. Where did the deity come from? When a theist uses causality as their primary argument and justification for a God, where did that God come from? There are only 2 avenues the theist will take now.

a) Special Pleading

Special Pleading is the act of providing rules or standards to one, but not applying those same rules or standards to another. It's kind of like being a blatant hypocrite. When the theist uses causality, they insist that there is a God behind the cause of the universe and everything in it. But special pleading occurs if they say their God has always existed if you ask where their God came from. Find more explanations and examples of Special Pleading here, and here.

b) Infinite Regress.

If causality is the theist's primary argument, who created their God? And who created the clearly superior supernatural entity that created their God? This long chain continues and eventually, we reach an Infinite Regress, which is a series of reasoning that will never end. Infinite Regress honestly raises more questions than it provides answers. You can read a bit more about it here. Also take note at the section titled "Intelligent design" if you want this article to be summed up.

Was the God the theist believes in created by the flying spaghetti monster? Was the flying spaghetti monster created by Bigfoot? Was Bigfoot created by 5 times iconic NBA champion Kobe Bryant? That means that Kobe is some kind of super deity that decided to live on Earth with human beings and made a legacy as a very successful basketball player. Was Kobe Bryant created by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Conclusion

It is no secret that human beings have some knowledge about some things but will never know everything about all things. What the theist does when using causality as their primary argument is asserting an answer without any empirical evidence into the pit of human uncertainty. The honest route to take when a person doesn't know the answer to the question "Where did the universe come from?" is to simply state they do not know. If we don't have a logical answer to a question that does not give a person the right to assume the answer.

Let's say I'm an algebra teacher and my class has come in. I instruct them to take out a writing utensil and paper as I write an algebra problem on the board to solve. They begin trying to solve the problem and I oversee the process by walking around and taking note of their train of thought. This happens with all my students except one which we'll name Carl. Carl doesn't work out the problem on a piece of paper. A minute or so later I inquire my class about the answer to the algebra problem. Every student besides Carl gives their answer of 10. I ask Carl what he thinks the answer is and he simply says 24. There are a couple scenarios that can play out here.

a) All students except Carl are correct.
b) Carl is correct.
c) No answer given by any student is correct.

Whether or not Carl is correct or not is irrelevant. The point is Carl simply has no credibility to back his answer. He hasn't written the problem down and attempted to solve like his classmates did. Therefore providing no evidence and no reason why we should take Carl seriously. This is what theists attempt, asserting an answer to questions without a shred of respectable, empirical evidence.

The next time your friendly theism thumping friend starts using causality to argue the existence of God(s), show them this article. Hopefully, they will realize their reasoning will fail miserably.

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