I still use Myspace but it's only purpose is to participate in a group on there called Myspace Deists. Don't let the name fool ya, it's got a good collection of people that were Deists at one time but have slowly become Atheists.
I still participate in discussions there and there are a few new members that don't exactly enjoy the presence of so many non-believers.
So, the point here is that earlier tonight I responded to a statement made by one of the deists there that tried to use a quote from Thomas Edison to support his belief. The Edison quote goes like this:
If I find 10, 000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Yes, he was trying to use the absence of proof as proof. For me, personally, and I think many atheists think on the same page, there is no way to prove the existence of god. The more I thought about what this guy was saying and thinking of different ways to counter his failure of logic, the more I realized that what he said is a reflection of how I stopped being a deist.
There is a wealth of information that science and observation can say about god, or rather, what god isn't. Using his own logic, we can, I'm sure, find 10,000 things about the universe that could serve as a chalk-outline of god, by showing what god isn't.
God isn't moral
God isn't human
God isn't a quantifiable force
God isn't all knowing
God isn't all powerful
God isn't ...
The list can go on and on. When you're done with defining logically and empirically what god isn't, you're left with a sliver, a word that has no meaning, a concept that has no relevance to the workings of the universe.
If you're a deist, what does your heart say? What is there left to believe in? Why believe in anything? Will this impotent deistic god even care if you don't believe in it anymore?