This article is found in my website, Uncompromising Rhetoric
As I was reading about professor Hawking blasting his way onto headline news online, I stumbled on a quite astonishing website of an Islamic fundamentalist, Hamza Tzortzis, known to his fellow muslims to have quite a track record of debates with prominent Atheists and non-believers. Of course, they will always arrogantly claim that they were successful in the debate. If you can manage the time to look at his website, those selected debates are underhandedly biased. A debating venue where all the audiences are muslims, people who will only agree, even if he was wrong. Even if the atheist faction of the debate were to say something rhetorically correct, the audience will still mock him. Last of my point, even the moderator is a muslim who is a friend of Tzortzis, who ignorantly jokes about atheism having "prophets", like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. Nonsense.
Muslims are so arrogantly proud about other things as well. Arguments such as:
So, do Atheists not have the ability to confront islam? This is unfortunately untrue and misleading, and there are many reasons why. Most ‘open’ atheists (those who have freedom of speech), often sprang out of christianity, but there are probably closeted atheists perhaps even more than christians, in every muslim nations out there. The 3rd argument might be slightly true, but there is a reason why the doubtful muslims are rare, or afraid to come out as atheists and criticize islam —Moslems are ordered according to the Qur'an and it's Shari'a law, to kill anyone who strays away from their faith. If you would like to question my point, here is a video that will explain to you even further:
I will also advise any reader to take the video’s word, to read the Qur’an yourself. Read it with understanding, criticism and rational judgment. Do not take religious books by heart nor take them literally otherwise, you are not opening your eyes to true reason.
Now that we have answered number 3 and number 4 of the argument, let us go back to Hamza Tzortzis (I’ll get back to arguments 1 and 2 later[ 1, 2 ]). As I was saying, I was reading about Stephen Hawking’s astounding, yet a little too late (for me to be surprised) statement where in his new book, The Grand Design. He states, “The universe can and will create itself from nothing, spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper [fuse] and set the universe going”.
I was reading fortuitously on religious rebuttals and responses to professor Hawking, and there were quite a few, but I caught one interesting fellow. Mr. Hamza Tzortzis. His blabbers about Philosophy, Quantum Physics, and logic (imagine that) are quite vaque, veering towards the cause of islam. Moreover, in his response to professor Hawking, Hamza naturally thinks he is wrong (in his opinion, anyway). Here is an excerpt from his website:
(Note, the next excerpts are of Intelligent Design[ 3 ] garbage material, read it for yourself)
Statement paragraph 1 (Tzortzis): We know causality is true because we bring it to all our experience, rather than our experience bringing it to us. It is like wearing yellow-tinted glasses, everything looks yellow not because of anything out there in the world, but because of the glasses through which we are looking at everything. The contention that this is just an assumption is not true because without causality we would not be able to have the concept of an external reality. Take the following example into consideration; imagine you are looking at the White House in Washington DC. Your eyes may wonder to the door, across the pillars, then to the roof and finally over to the front lawn. Now contrast this to another experience, you are on the river Thames in London and you see a boat floating past. What dictates the order in which you had these experiences? When you looked at the White House you had a choice to see the door first and then the pillars and so on. However with the boat you had no choice as the front of the boat was the first to appear.
Statement paragraph 2 (Tzortzis):
The point to take here is that you would not have been able to make the distinction that some experiences are ordered by yourself and others are ordered independently, unless we had the concept of causality. In absence of causality our experience would be very different from the way it is. It would be a single sequence of experiences only: one thing after another.
Statement paragraph 3 (Tzortzis):
You may be wondering how this relate to God’s existence. Well, if spontaneous creation from nothing was true and that causality did not make sense in the quantum vacuum, then from a scientific perspective God could be out of the picture. But since causality is true and spontaneous creation out of nothing is false, then we have a strong argument for the existence of God. Take the following premises into account,
- Whatever begins to exist has a cause
- The universe began to exist
- Therefore the universe has a cause
Statement paragraph 4 (Tzortzis):
Since premises 1 and 2 are true, it logically follows that premise 3 is true. Everything that begins to exist has a cause, the universe began to exist, therefore the universe must also have a cause. However, to believe that this cause is God can be perceived as a leap of faith rather than a rational conclusion, because this cause could have been a mechanical cause or necessary pre-existing conditions. In light of this how can we justify that this cause is a transcendent immaterial being?
Statement paragraph 6 (Tzortzis): Using conceptual analysis, we can conclude that it must not be subject to time because it created time. This cause must also be uncaused due to the absurdity of an infinite regress, if the cause of the universe had a cause, and that cause had a cause ad infinitum, then there wouldn't be a universe to talk about in the first place! The cause of the universe must also be immaterial and beyond matter because it created the universe, and the universe is the sum of all matter. Significantly, this cause must have a will because since this cause is eternal, and it caused a finite effect, in other words the universe, then it must have chosen to do so, and choice indicates the existence of a will. Since this cause has a will it can interact and have relationships with personal agents, like human beings.
(4 SEPTEMBER 2010 05:59) The Sojourner said... Oh Wow.
"Whatever begins to exist has a cause"
So, are you speculating that a god caused it to exist? Or are you arrogantly sure god did it as if you were there watching him do it?
Either way, if your answer to this next question is “nothing”, or “no one” because he's the ‘ultimate beginning’, you are seriously contradicting your LAW of "Whatever begins to exist has a cause"...
Question: Who or what created the creator of the Universe?
(4 SEPTEMBER 2010 06:16) Hamza Andreas Tzortzis said... You have not understood premise number 1. I am saying "whatever BEGINS to exist has a cause" NOT "whatever exists has a cause". God never began to exist, so it doesn't apply. And in the post I discussed the absurdity of an infinite regress of causes. I hope this helps.
I responded again, and here is a summary of my response: Ironically, he proves to me that god does not exist, because he said so himself —"HE NEVER BEGAN TO EXIST". (I bashfully added as well that all these efforts to prove a god exist are nothing but schemes to preserve their religions.)
The second comment never got approved on his website. It seems he censored my writings, which I speculate that it could have been seriously disturbing to his followers and anger them (and who’s afraid of islam now?)
He further wrote in a comment (after deliberately not posting my comment):
(5 SEPTEMBER 2010 16:08)what is meant by "God never began to exist" is that He never started to exist or has never been caused by anything. God is uncaused by definition and this is understood by using rational thought. The main reason for this, as mentioned in the comment, is that if we say there is a cause for the cause of the universe, then what stops us from continuing this ad infinitum (forever)?
Observe well, as he changes his statement from "leap of faith", to "…understood by using rational thought" in an attempt to confuse me and his readers by trying to conform to my thinking (because he realize I am a rational person, he used the word, ‘rational’). This is very contradictory to what he said earlier in his statement that to believe that this cause is God can be perceived as a leap of faith rather than a rational conclusion. He is arrogant, because he deliberately dismisses Professor Hawking’s scientific theory —and he then wants to add that there is a floating magical space being who did everything since the beginning of time… as if Mr. Tzortzis was there, watching Magic-Man play billiards with sub-atomic particles, or perhaps, he would suggest, that their deluded prophet, mohammed, was there.
I do not disagree with the logic 'whatever exist must have a cause'. It could be be true that there MIGHT be something more to it before “gravity” existed (as crazy as it may sound). However, we do not know yet. You do NOT claim a speculation as a conclusion. If you want something to conform to science, not hocus pocus, you have to use rationality and logical analysis, NOT faith.
Imagine, you are in a trial for murder. In truth, you did not commit the murder, but let’s say nobody knows that. We all know that everyone has a right to a due process, and a systematic problem solving to identify the real cause of the crime –but let’s say we take it away. Your prosecutors, or the plaintiff, just egotistically and arrogantly assume that, “We have faith that he actually committed murder”. With no proof, with no evidence, and no witnesses to back you up, you are locked up and the search for truth was treated as garbage.
The point of this analogy is, if there is no evidence or a proof, there is NO fact. Religious fundamentalists will eventually respond to this by claiming that, “god does not need a proof, the proof is everywhere around you”. This answer is absurd. I can prove anything has it's origin, but it should be classified as UNKNOWN if that something is beyond the range of experimentation and the observable. That is the way of Science.
As he mentioned earlier, he said that indentifying god is “a leap of faith”. This seriously kills his stance on science alone because FAITH IS ABOUT DISCARDING REASONING AND ABANDONING THE SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH. Faith is a strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence [dic]. It is an act of believing in something without hesitation or questions. (I will soon film a video called, “Faith 101: When to use it, and when not to use it”. This video will explain how irrational and stupid those who live their lives in pure religious and superstitious faith).
Science never uses faith. It feeds on proof, logic, criticism and reasoning.
Religions, superstitions, palm reading, unicorns, Lycanthropy, Vampires and the flying spaghetti-covered meatball monster however, NEEDS your faith.
With this logic, we can consider the following premises (as usual, using my opponents' own medicine against them):
Can we safely say that someone who has faith has things only in their head? Yes.
Can these things on their head likely an imagination? Yes.
And these people who are imagining things are not only called Delusional, they are also Schizophrenics.