Minister turns Atheist

Spotted on Del.icio.us: a former Churches of Christ minister explains why he no longer believes. He has what comes across as good reasons for his actions, and I certainly couldn’t talk him out of it, but I wonder if it fails the “bad things happening” test. John Dickson reckons there’s a basic human reaction to misfortune which means we all cry out “Why did this happen?” or often “Why, God?”

As a more lighthearted link: Steak Fajitas

2 Replies to “Minister turns Atheist”

  1. Mmmm Steak Fajitas. Sounds almost as good as your pasta…

    I think the questions that a lot of people ask when misfortune comes is not why did this happen, but rather ‘why did this happen to me‘.

    A lot of his other reasoning seems to have major flaws in it e.g. how does “The pillars of the earth tremble” mean “the earth is flat”?

    Most of his argument seems to be that because ‘religious people’ disagree, all religion is wrong. If scientist disagree, does that make all science wrong?

  2. This anti-minister\’s arguments are all debatable. However, I would just pick at one.

    He says that the burden of proof is on the theist to show that there is a God. My question: who put the burden on us? He gives the example of an absurd Irish mythical short person to try and show that the burden would be on the advocate of such an entity. However, this simply begs the question by suggesting that belief in God is comparable to belief in an absurd Irish mythical short person. The burden of proof does not lie on someone merely because they propose the EXISTENCE of some entity. Otherwise, I would demand of this anti-minister that he prove his own existence. If he does not exist then I am certainly not going to listen to him (he seems to use this logic in relation to God). Stating where the burden of proof lies appears to do little more than tell the audience that he needs convincing.

    …And there are at least two very good philosophical arguments for the existence of God…

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