Proof that God does not exist.

Discussion in 'Religion' started by Xelasnave.1947, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. Vociferous Valued Senior Member

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    Physics seems to have found quite a bit to know about nothing...source of vacuum fluctuations, possible source of big bang, etc.. Prior to that, we only had philosophy to tell us "nothing" was anything more than delusion. One might say that philosophers keeping the consideration of nothing front of the mind may have lent to some understanding in physics.
    Court-wise, what evidence do you have that ignoring might cause a delusion to fade?
    What cruelty, suffering, and harm?
    Have Judaeo-Christian values, largely an extension of Aristotelian values, not been more good than bad for western civilization?
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    You can't prove that such a thing does not exist.

    For all we know, God lives 10 billion light years away on lonely planet, and has been taking a break from messing with Earth affairs for 4 billion years.

    What you can do is demonstrate that, in all we see in the universe, nothing requires God to exist, therefore, it is more likely that it does not exist than that it does.

    However, such questions are pointless. We can't prove that a teapot doesn't exist on that planet 10 billion ly away either. But we can build a voluminous understanding of the universe , with a model that is wholly consistent in its machinations whether or not that teapot exists. Or God exists.

    And that's what science is about.

    Relativity, chemistry, economics, orbital mechanics, life, and the 4 forces of the universe do not rise and fall based on the existence of a teapot that has no effect on them.
    Science moves on implacably, with or without distant teapots and gods.

    Religion, the other hand, (this being the religion forum) sees it differently. As might philosophy.
     
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  5. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    I certainly hope philosophy does not drive physics but I often wonder about the big bang given it provides a happy opportunity to accomodate, but not deal with, creation.

    Maybe physics is lead by philosophy...I dont care.

    Evidence?

    You ask me for evidence?

    Dont you think you are missing the inconvenient fact that on the other side there is no evidence?

    Do you miss the fact that any call for evidence is never answered...never ever.

    And you ask for evidence.

    I see no need to provide evidence of anything because all and every call I have ever made seeking evidence has been ignored.

    So if we are to proceed to review evidence I repeat...if a theist wishes to introduce a delusion as reality provide evidence...but until they accept the notion of evidence and the necessity of providing it to support their delusion...please dont ask.

    Or are you joking?

    Are you being the straight man presenting your lines so that I can make the obvious and only responce.

    Well thank you I see the humour.

    If you need to ask that suggests providing you with details will only be a waste of my time. Ever wondered why so many folk are screwed up when it comes to sex? Ever wondered or are you not able to think about sex as a natural functuon that should not be key to some crazy notion surrounding...forget it, you wont get it.


    Rather than ask such a question perhaps you should research the matter.

    If you support the values I doubt you will consider the horrors so I see no point in trying to teach you to objectively review history.

    If you wish to pick decent values from the inaccuracies and incorrect history of the scriptures I suggest you do so but know that it is your ability to select, which values, are decent rather than not decent, that opperates not anything else...otherwise, if you buy the whole bundle then you must consider slavery as a decent value...oh I guess you did not realise that the support offerred by the scriptures to endorse slavery resulted in any harm...or would you place the economic development above the misery dished out to so many humans...

    Do you think women also benefited from the scriptures?

    Get real.

    The biggest problem with the whole deal, religion generally, is those involved are blind to the problems, and happily ignore valid critism hiding behind a lame plea that "its my faith" as if it is an answer all excuse for avoidance of reality...that is their problem not mine, it is their intelligence they degrade, it is their children they terrify and confuse, it is their history they distort...it is their life they waste whilst waiting for the next one...I dont care.

    I was only trying to help present the truth but clearly there is no place for truth when we deal with religion.


    Thank you for participating in this thread.

    Alex
     
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  7. river

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    Big Bang is all about metaphysics
     
  8. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    What made-up definition of "metaphysics" are you using?
     
  9. river

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    Metaphysics , fundamental nature of reality .
     
  10. Vociferous Valued Senior Member

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    It doesn't drive but definitely informs physics, especially in this time of casting about for advances.
    Philosophy was the impetus for natural philosophy, which became science.

    What do you mean "wonder about the big bang"? Does that mean you doubt it?

    Do you dismiss philosophy as you do religion?
    Chill dude. You made a psychological claim about delusion, unrelated to the question of god. If you don't care to justify that, how are your claims different from theirs? If you use their excuses yourself, are you implying they are worthy excuses? Your argument's strength would seem to be in your willingness to offer and discuss evidence. Refusing to do so seems to lower your position to one of parity with theirs. It's not a good look.

    Seems someone demanding evidence wouldn't be hypocritical when asked to provide a little.
    Please, go ahead. What sort of sex problems does religion cause? I agree that sex is natural, and religion is often sexually repressive.

    What horrors? Look, if you can't define your harm, suffering, cruelty, and horrors, why should anyone take your demands for a definition of god seriously?
    Do you know what presentism is? It's where we interpret past events using current norms.
    I don't think the bible is the unerring word of god. Just the writings of religious people, in their time and norms.
    As with any writings, we can separate the norms that don't apply to the modern world.
    Do the norms depicted in Huck Finn make that a worthless book? Or can we take the good and realize that world has progressed since then?
    Now if you're talking about Islam, sure. They currently espouse slavery and heavy inequality of the sexes.

    Terrify and confuse?
    Lead by example, mate.
    Otherwise, there seems little room for truth on either side of the discussion of religion.
     
  11. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    On the basis that the standard of proof is no more than that required at law and that is...beyond reasonable doubt..you most certainly can.

    Theists roll out you cant prove a negative because they think that gives their delusion arms and legs... cut them off demanding only what is acceptable via our law.

    Not knowing does not invite speculation to be presented as fact and I am not suggesting that is what you do here but there are others who speculate and at some point believe their speculation is reality.

    But I do like your post.
    Alex
     
  12. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    That would be an inappropriate form of proof here.
     
  13. Vociferous Valued Senior Member

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    Since "beyond a reasonable doubt" is only legally used to pronounce guilt, how do you justify a claim of belief as guilt?
    What is the legal framework here? Fraud?
     
  14. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    When you kick started this thread I thought it would flow along the lines of a court room drama

    For and against presenting a case and other side producing rebuttal

    Thought you would be the judge welding the gravel, hence the Me Lord

    It never got there. It's a water cooler squabble in the corridor

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  15. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Yes but I dont think that today there is a connection.
    It is a model, it is currently our best model but in truth I simply can not accept the "inflation" part.
    And sure what would I know but I dont buy the idea that the universe could grow from zip to near all in less than a second and frankly I am surprised others dont think that idea is over the top.
    And I dont think I am the only person on the planet who is unhappy with the idea of inflation.

    I dont accept that the model could be correct on that aspect ... I hold that belief.

    I can not offer a better model but that does not mean I cant be skeptical about inflation.
    I like reading Karl Popper.
    I really dont care.
    Why not.
    So we have a discussion and they dont provide evidence and on that basis I say well dont expect me to play by the rules and you find that strange...find it strange I dont care.
    If you dont buy my propostion on face value you may reject it.
    Lets try it their way...prove that sexual problems are not the result of religious teaching...And sure that is ans supposed to be purposely vague.
    Show where I am wrong...is that not how the game is played?
    And if folk dont take my demands for proof seriously I dont care...the fact that all demands for proof of a God are never met will stand irrespective of others views on me.
    I dont read fiction and books of fiction hold no value for me at all.
    And you would be right.
    Sure you can in fact there is no way to see the bible as meaningful unless you do a personal edit...but really why the need to hold it up as of any use when you can make up what you like to fit your world...can you not work out a decent code of conduct by yourself?
    You dont understand those words...please look them up.
    I really dont have a problem. If you dont think I speak the truth you need not accept anything I say.
    Like everyone else when discussing religion I present a mere opinion you can agree or not.

    Thank you for presenting an interesting outlook.

    Alex
     
  16. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    I agree as it would end the game pretty fast.
    Alex
     
  17. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Of course.

    But have you considered that I may just being sneeky, causing a disturbance to bring the croud in before I start crushing people..Jan..for example.

    Well just in case you may think I am being sneeky I say that I am not and would never think of crushing Jan ever...where do you get these ideas?

    Actually lets do the court room thing.
    You being impartial should be the judge.
    What will go on the summons? Who will we name the defendent what punishement shall be dished out to Jan.
    Yes a fair trial is what we need.
    Alex
     
  18. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    I see your point.
    Perhaps we should go for the standard of proof required in civil proceedings which is what a reasonable man would arrive at...I am a reasonable man so lets go for the civil court standard...can you guess what the judge will say...Michael what do you recon can we get this case closed before morning tea?

    Add that to the charges..well spotted.
    Alex
     
  19. Vociferous Valued Senior Member

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    So your incredulity spreads to science, was well as religion.
    And you hold beliefs you wouldn't be able to legally evidence either.
    I agree that no alternative is necessary for skepticism. For instance, science doesn't need to evidence an alternative to creation for anyone to be skeptical of it.
    But just as you may be skeptical of inflation, the religious may be skeptical of there being no god.

    A pattern emerges.
    Why should anyone take you seriously if you have no more interest in justifying your claims than the religious do?

    Hey, if you're happy conceding to their modus operandi, that's your prerogative.

    Sorry dude, you've lost all your intellectual authority to demand evidence. You've just demonstrated that their tactic is worthwhile for you to emulate.

    Couldn't have been said any better by a religious person.
     
  20. Vociferous Valued Senior Member

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    Okay. In the preponderance of evidence for fraud, is the testimony of 80% of the world admissible?
    Are people who claim Napoleon was short (even though he was actually tall for a Frenchman of his time) also guilty of fraud?
    Since intent (mens rea) isn't a requirement in civil law, wouldn't everyone be guilty of some fraud for erroneous beliefs?
     
  21. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Ummm
    OK
    If if if you intend to reboot
    1/ Make a CLEAR statement of the charge ie (I am presuming god is the accused) so the charge would be like "god you are hereby charged as being non existent. How do you plead?.............. Let the record show in the absence of a plea being given a plea of Not Guilty is formally entered"

    2/ is the prosecution ready to address the jury? (the posters)

    etc etc

    If you post put down your side at start of post ie PROSECUTION Me Lord "Blah blah blah"
    DEFENCE Me Lord "Blah blah blah"
    JUDGE Prosecution will call first witness
    etc etc

    Better you pick another judge (or allow it panel of Judges) - Jan is on my Iggy list

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  22. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Good so there is no problem.
    Why should they indeed ...no one has to take me seriously however if they wish to that is up to them.
    I am happy with everything I am sorry if that was not clear.
    No problems irrespective of my demands having authority or not no evidence will be presented by theists but somehow I dont think it is my credibility that is at stake...can you guess whos credibility is at stake...
    On the bright side you at least seem to recognise that they employ a tactic...shame as evidence would be so helpful.
    Thank you.

    Alex
     
  23. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Certainly admissable if they agree with me.
    Absolutely and they should be punished...was he a Frenchman?
    Absolutely.
    Alex
     

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