Who created God? January 11, 2008Posted by Joe in atheism, belief, Christianity, faith, freethought, god, logic, science, skepticism, theism.
Tags: argument, atheism, god
This link was posted as a comment regarding a different topic. It is a common argument flung at atheists when a theist seems to realize there is no evidence for the existence of god. It is neatly summarized on the linked page thusly:
1. Everything which has a beginning has a cause.
2. The universe has a beginning.
3. Therefore the universe has a cause.
1. Unsupported premise. We do not know this to be true. In fact, it may be that quantum mechanics demonstrates that there are subatomic particles “beginning” in all empty space all the time with no apparent cause. There may or may not be a cause, but we cannot say with certainty that there must be.
2. Unsupported premise. This depends highly on your definition of “universe”, but we cannot see any evidence for anything before the big bang so we have no idea whether or not that was the beginning of the universe or not.
3. Logically follows from the premises, so that’s at least correct. 🙂 But the flaw is assuming that any cause must be intelligent, must be conscious, or must be anything that someone would call god.
There simply is no evidence to support the idea that anything known to exist is the result of anything other than natural processes.