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A Refutation of Religion

"Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

- George Orwell 

What I believe.

I am an atheist. I do not believe in the existence of God.

God may or may not exist. I can neither prove that God exists, nor prove that he doesn't. However, in the absence of positive proof that God does exist I will not believe in him. God may exist, but I don't know that he exists, therefore I do not believe in God. I am not categorically saying that God does not exist,  simply that it is meaningless to talk about believing in something when you don't know for certain whether it exists or not. In a sense, therefore, I am also an agnostic.

Throughout this text I will refer to those who believe in a God or Gods of any kind as theists. This discussion is intended to be general and will therefore not address any religions in particular but merely the concept of God (which is common to most of the world's religions, with the notable exception of Buddhism). I will refer to God as 'He' throughout this text, even though ascribing a gender to a supreme being is completely meaningless, because it is traditional to do so. The text is in the format of a series of points made to me by religious friends of mine with whom I have discussed religious belief, and my refutations of these points.

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Refutations:

1. If God does not exist, prove it to me.
2. If God didn't create the Universe where does it come from?
3. If God does not exist why do so many people believe in God? How can all these people be wrong?
4. You cannot treat God as an object - God is an abstract concept.
5. God is in everything and everything is in God.
6. But I can feel God in me and in everything around me.
7. What about Soul? What happens to your Soul when you die?
8. What about miracles?
9. Without religion and belief in God the world would be an anarchy.
10. Why do this? Why can you not respect other people's opinions?
 

Other points to consider:

1. The problem of evil.
2. The incompatibility of the concepts of fate, free will and God's omniscience.
3. Can God change the rules of logic? Can God make 2+2=5? How do you define omnipotence?
4. Why do you think that you are special?
5. God is defined anthropomorphically.
6. Assume that God created the Universe. Well, then how?


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God is Dead

"God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, the murderers of all murderers, console ourselves? That which was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet possessed has bled to death under our knives - who will wipe this blood off us? With what water could we purify ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we need to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must not we ourselves become gods simply to seem worth of it? There has never been a greater deed - and whoever shall be born after us, for the sake of this deed he shall be part of a higher history than all history hitherto."

- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900); 1882.


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