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"If we start out in life with pretending to know what we do not know; with professing to accept as proof evidence which we are well aware is inadequate; with willfully shutting our eyes and our ears to facts which militate against this or that comfortable hypothesis; we are doing our best to deserve the character of liars." (T. Huxley) How can one reasonable accept the authority of the church when there are so many churches? Faith is bigotry and superstition. A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism, atheism



Everthing we see has a cause. If one goes back in the chain of causes further and further, one must come to a first cause - God. But what caused God? If there can be anything without a cause it may just as well be the universe as God. It also is an unwarranted assumption that the chain of causes stops.


There is so much order in the universe that it must have been caused by an intelligent agent. But there is also much disorder. To assert that the small amount of order we have in our little corner of the universe is beyond chance is beyond what one can reasonably claim. We have nothing to compare our universe to. Can you believe that this is the best that an all-knowing and all-powerful God could could create in billions of years? "This world is very faulty and imperfect, compared to a superior standard, and was only the first rude essay of some infant deity who afterwards abandoned it, ashamed of his lame performance; it is the work only of some dependent, inferior deity, and is the object of derision to his superiors; it is the production of old age and dotage in some superannuated deity, and ever since his death has run on at adventures, from the first impulse and active force which it received from him."(Hume) "We are told that with God all things are possible. If so, it was possible for him to create a world in which the vast mass of suffering that is morally pointless-the pain and misery of animals, the cancer and blindness of little children, the humiliations of senility and insanity-were avoided. These are apparently inflictions of the Creator himself. If you admit that, you deny his goodness; if you say he could not have done otherwise, you deny that with him all things are possible." (Blanshard)


God is perfect. An aspect of perfectionis existence. Therefore God exists. These are just words. Unicorns are perfect, therefore they exist. The premise assumes that which needs verification. Saying it doesn't make it so.


There must be heaven and hell in order for there to be justice in the long run. "Why then eternal punishment for temporary offenses of so frail a creature as man? If God's justice resembles what we mean by justice - then the bestowel of infinite happiness for finite welldoing and infinite misery for finite illdoing is in no sense just. If the justice of God doesn't resemble what we mean then it is an abuse of language to use the name justice for it. Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men - the good and the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float between vice and virtue." David Hume


"Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication - after this, it is only an account of something which that person says was a revelation made to him; and although he may find himself obliged to believe it, it cannot be incumbent on me to believe it in the same manner; for it was not a revelation made to me, and I have only his word for it that it was made to him."(Paine)


"The real question is not whether the Bible is inspired, but whether it is true. If it is true, it doesn't need to be inspired; and if it is not true, then inspiration cannot be established."(Ingersoll)


"No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle unless the testimony be of such kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish. Our uniform experience of the laws of nature are a direct and full proof against the existence of any miracle. There is not to be found, in all history, any miracle attested by a suffidient number of men, of such unquestioned goodness, education, and learning as to secure us against all delusion in themselves; of such undoubted integrity as to place them beyond all suspicion of any design to decieve others; of cuch credit and reputation in the eyes of mankind as to have a great deal to lose in case of their being detected in any falsehood; and at the same time attesting facts, performed in such a public manner, and in so celebrated a part of the world, as to render the detection unavoidable: all which circumstances are requisite to give us a full assurance in the testimony of men." (Hume: An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding "Section X Of Miracles" ).


We regard courts of law as the final arbiters of truth. The court found Jesus guilty of being a political revolutionary. Was Pilot right? Or 2000 years and several cultures removed, do we know to a certainty that he was wrong? Consider that Jesus surrounded himself with twelve rough muscle-men. And consider these quotes:
Luke 14:26 "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethern, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. "
Matthew 10:34-35 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."
Luke 19:27 "But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."
How can one revive the fortunes of a false savior? Paul hit upon the brilliant idea of the second coming. It turns palpable defeat and failure into a virtue, a hope.


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