The way of approaching a question is not to examine the numerical
strength of those behind the opinion, but to examine the soundness of
the opinion on merits, or else we will never reach a solution, and if we
reach one, it will be a blind solution simply because it is the wish of
the largest body. If the largest body goes wrong, it is up to me to say you
are wrong and not to submit. -- Mahatma Gandhi
Why I say there is no God.
First let's get clear about what I mean by that. Do I mean there is no
creator of the world we see? No, I'm not talking about that. What I do
mean is that it does not matter. What I mean when I say there is no God,
is that there is nothing we need to know or do regarding the creator if
there is one.
It's very simple to see that, I say. It is obvious that it could be no
other way. Here's why:
There is no evidence that the creator (if any) is willing to
communicate with us.
Some will argue this but always based on religious beliefs or personal
experience. As always, believing sincerely or even experiencing something
does not make it so. For example, we believed the earth was the center of
the universe and we experienced the sun rising at one edge of it, moving
over the top, and setting past the other edge. That didn't make it true.
Well, alright, some people have logical arguments.
Here are a few of them:
- It's absurd to think the universe just came into existence from nothing.
Someone must have created it.
- The world is more complex and intricate than anything we can even
imagine designing. Therefore, it must have been designed by
an intelligent being.
- The beauty and magnificence of the world
reveals it to be the work of a benevolent creator.
Consider what these arguments, flawed or not, argue for. They are
arguments for the existence of a creator. They do not lead to the
conclusion that there is any action we need to take. My statement still
stands: There is nothing we need to know or do regarding the creator if
there is one.