Good ones, Sir. Best Wishes.
I once read in a book when I was a child that when you hear thunder it's really a group of older men playing 9-pin in the mountain tops and if you drink from their liquor keg you'll sleep for 20 years. It must be true since a book told me...
Hello Matthew: in response to a request for logical reasons as to why existence needs a creator, an Abrahamic believer might well retort from Aquinas' Five Ways arguments. The atheist response, at least imho, was well written by Paul Tobin at his Rejection of Pascal's Wager site.
In order to make that argument valid, they have to first show that the universe is more likely to not exist then it is to exist.
That's not possible, so the argument isn't valid.
Hello David: Excellent point that goes to Aquinas' Five Ways ideas of contingency vs. necessity that were argued by Thomas Aquinas back in the 13th Century. However Aquinas made several mistakes, especially one pointed out by Hume in that render his arguments fallacious.
Yes, it is an Argument from Ignorance. But the argument is bust as soon as they claim it as proof for their god’s existence rather than any other deity’s. It is immediately a matter of faith issue and therefore just another example of theists confusing the terms “evidence” (which I never seem to shut up about – ha) and “argument”.
However it is a futile to debate the point. A Jehovah Witness recently told me – with a straight face - that even if the Big Bang was proven to be possible (as it has been shown to be!!!) that their god could easily create something from nothing or at least set the laws of quantum physics in motion to allow it to happen. I mean WTF can you say to that mindset?
I would sooner have a full bottle in front of me than a full frontal lobotomy – preference for JWB………
Hello Reg: good example of how a presuppositionalist thinks.
Read Lawrence Krauss and Stephen Hawking re how the condition of nothing existing is unstable. Not only do the laws of physics say that creating something out of nothing is possible (without the need for a deist or theist god), it is inevitable.
One way to look at it is that before anything existed there was a state of pure potentiality. Anything can happen.
As I recall, the related law states that the more precise the energy level of a state is known, the less stable it is. Zero is a very accurate measurement and thus the stability is extremely low. It's similar to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
I bought that book today and will read it as soon as I'm done here. Thanks for the info.