Sunday, December 8, 2013

Atheism Confirmed, Part I

     About two years ago, I began a review of Christianity to see whether my late-teen rejection of the faith remained justified. Having concluded the inquiry, it is time to report what I found. Briefly, I have found God. I know Him now, who He is and where He came from. It is undeniable that He is nothing more than a human creation. Ingersoll was right. Russell was right. Mencken was right. Hitchens was right. Dawkins and Harris and Stenger and Dennett—all are right. The God of the Bible is a contradiction, a monstrosity, an impossibility, and He is so to a far greater degree than I perceived at 19 years of age.

     Four main lines of objection militate against the existance of the Biblical God. They apply with similar force to all the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, and the like. They are objections from logic, from history, from science, and from morals.

     At the outset, even brief reflection discloses that the God concept is self-contradictory. More fully: Logic, such as the arguments apologists use to prove a First Cause, reveals that an omnipotent being is a contradiction in terms. For example, consider whether God could create an object so massive even He could not change its velocity. Any possible answer contradicts the definition of omnipotence. Adding omniscience to omnipotence only heightens the contradictions (e.g., could God keep a secret from himself?). Innumerable such contradictions arise from any logical analysis of the qualities theists claim are essential to the God of the Bible, and so the very system of logic they wish to use to establish a First Cause defeats their own notions of the Being they posit as that First Cause. Whatever the First Cause may be, logic tells us it cannot be the Biblical God.



     But perhaps the God of the Bible might exist within the limits of logic, even if the existence of those limits does require blurring the concepts of omnipotence and omniscience? Even so, what we know of the human past represents a great challenge to the defenders of the faith. Many times the Bible speaks of events that pagan peoples seem not to have noticed. Case in point, modern scholarship finds no mention of the Exodus in Egyptian historical records, nor does archaeology bear out the Biblical account. Often enough, contemporary written records actually contradict the Bible. For example, there was a census during the term of the governor Quirinius, but people were not required to go to the cities of their birth to be counted. Moreover, the census occurred after Herod’s death, not during his kingship as the evangelists claim. There is simply no way to square the Bible with the testimony of history and archaeology.

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