Christianity offers little more than deistic arguments
Moral argument. The cosmological argument. The transcendental argument. These are all deistic arguments, not arguing for a god interacting with his creation.
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What do the most popular Christian apologetic arguments have in common? They are all Deist arguments. This means that they defend Islam, Mormonism or Satanism as much as they defend Christianity.
Here’s the next clue that we live in a world without God (this list of 25 reasons why we don’t live in such a world starts here):
19. Because the best Christian arguments are deist arguments
A Christian appeal to the existence of God usually raises arguments such as these.
- The Moral Argument: How can there be objective moral truth without God?
- The Cosmological Argument: The universe had a beginning, which requires a cause, and that cause was God.
- The fine-tuning argument: the constants of the universe are fine-tuned for life, and it had to be done by God.
There are many more arguments like these – the ontological argument, the design argument, the transcendental argument, and even the math argument. These are all deistic arguments, meaning the god behind them may have been nothing more than a clockmaker who created and liquidated the universe and then walked away. And if the creator god actually interacts with our world, nothing in these arguments points more to the Christian god than to Marduk, Allah, Brahma, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
If we lived in God World, reference arguments would unambiguously identify that god, not one-size-fits-all arguments that point to no particular god – neither Yahweh nor the Invisible Pink Unicorn.
And just so no one gets confused, the arguments in the list above fail.
- The moral argument must first establish that objective truth exists.
- The cosmological argument fails in many ways.
- The Fine-Tuning argument also fails. A universe created by God wouldn’t need fine tuning since God can create life anywhere (he is God, remember). And there’s the multiverse, which is predicted by the theory of cosmic inflation, which is well supported by evidence. The multiverse could accommodate a large number of universes with arbitrary parameters of the universal constants.
Here is the reason for your bonus:
God has a perfect, bulletproof plan, and he sticks to it. He created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but those pesky children ruined everything. The resulting society became irretrievable, so God drowned them all. All, that is to say, except the brave little band that was Noah’s family.
To imagine Gilligan’s Island except on a manure-filled cruise ship.
Society had been straightened out, God placed his bow of war in the heavens (i.e. the rainbow) and promised never to fly away again, and everyone lived happily ever after for all time.
Or not. The story then continues with Abraham, and God makes an everlasting covenant with Abraham – five times, in fact. And again, we think we’re done.
No. Abraham begat Isaac, who begat Jacob, who begat the twelve patriarchs of the (soon to be) twelve tribes of Israel. Then slavery in Egypt, then “Let my people go”, then the Exodus through the desert, and then Moses leads them into the promised land. God ties a bow to history with the perpetual Mosaic Covenant that is still in effect today. The end.
Still false. No, it turns out that it was Jesus who was the key to everything. Who saw this coming? What a twist! The entire New Testament (plus a few dozen church councils) is needed to understand what this new religion really is and to rationalize some kind of harmony with the Old Testament, which is (curiously) still in effect. .
But don’t think this is the last reboot. Islam was a reboot. Mormonism was a reboot. Some new cults may always announce that they have a new version of an old theme.
Lo and behold, this mess of incompatible parts is God’s perfect plan(s).
To learn more, see: The story of the Bible restarts. Did you notice?
If a perfect god really existed, he would make his story clear from the start, and it wouldn’t look like what it is – a collection of loosely related ancient mythologies and legends.
To be continued.
(What impact did Jesus have on civilization?)
If you’re just going to say “well, his ideas survived”,
I will put Jesus behind Archimedes, Socrates,
Euclid, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Pasteur, Einstein,
Fleming and Bohr in this regard.
All their ideas are relevant today
and of great value in modern society,
while Jesus espoused monarchy, slavery,
and second-class status for women.