The problem with 'nothing' is that even though it seems a perfectly valid concept it is impossible for a mere human to envision (much less describe) just what 'nothing' is. No matter how hard we try we cannot even imagine 'nothing'. It is much like infinity; while we may be able to contemplate it, understanding it seems improbable. Especially when discussing time as we intuitively assume a 'beginning'; if infinity extends in both directions of our 'arrow' then beginnings and ends have ceased having meaning.
Potential automatically assumes that there is something there on which it can act.
Me, I find existential solace with the concept of infinite universes and dimensions. This makes everything not only possible but inevitable. Perhaps we continually pop in and out of existence here in this dimension only it happens so fast that we can not measure it.
Now all I got to do is prove it. Here's is how I see the problem:
(+/-)T(time) multiplied by the square root of infinity= NOW (No Other When)
Of course I am 'probably' wrong, but I avoid occupying two places at the same time this way. Then again, 'potentially', I may be right.
Is "potential" the same thing as "probability"?
99.9% - Anytime in history when there has been an unknown - a god has been the default explanation. Fortunately, we have science to battle against sky gods and eventually it will answer humanities toughest questions.
...eventually [science] will answer humanities toughest questions.
I have no faith in that.
I am fairly confident that the god described by the christian bible does not exist, because it is so contradictory that it couldn't possibly exist in reality. All powerful yet can't defeat the chariots of iron. All loving yet kills off almost the whole population of the world. There is maybe a very very small chance that something started everything in motion, but even if that type of god existed it would make no difference to our day to day lives. I believe that most people create their own version of god using what is taught to them by their society and molding that to fit their world view. It is either a benevolent father figure, a stern disciplinarian, or just a disinterested creator depending on what that person needs.
There is no way to disprove the existence of a cosmic God-entity. I don't want to say something unprovable, so I don't say "there is no God".
However, the gods of various religions sure LOOK a great deal like creations of the human mind! This is the hypothesis that best fits the evidence.
I am one hundred and ten percent sure that god is imaginary and I know all religions are nonsense. My intuition tells me there is no god. I am just as sure that there is no god as I am sure that I exist and the world exists and everything around me exists. I never say I am agnostic and I never claim that I cannot be 100% sure there is no god and I never leave room for even the slightest bit of doubt.
I know it's been said millions of times but I'm gonna go with you don't need to prove a negative.
There is no evidence for a god. What would "concrete proof against one" even look like?
The law of identity, one of the most basic fundamentals of existence and cognition, is enough that additional proof is not necessary. As if I need to somehow prove that I am not currently on Jupiter. My presence here proves I am not as any essential characteristic anyone can possibly give to a god is total abject bullshit and contradictory. It is not wise to say we cannot prove a negative. God is 0% possible. And if you disagree, you are saying that there is a quality of god that has a greater than 0% chance of existing. I would like to hear from a so called agnostic atheist what that essential characteristic that could possibly exist is and I will tell you that it is either metaphor, contradictory, or something we already has a real term for, like alien. God is now, has always been, and will always be total fucking nonsense.
Not quite 100% but pretty close. If there is a god, it probably isn't one of the major religions' concepts of god.
1) The virgin birth god born on the winter solstice has been used one too many times not to be a rip-off of Horus.
2) Why does god perceive women as inferior, and gays as sinners? God has the same attitude as a sexist homophobe?
3) Why are all records of the existence of gods tracked back to religious doctrine? Why don't the Romans have records of the crucifixion of Jesus, or at least Peter? Peter was supposedly crucified upside down. One would think his request to be crucified upside down would make its way into government documentation.
Sure there was a fire in Rome in 64 AD. It's hard to believe all documentation of Christ's records were destroyed. And why not the 3 Persian Kings who witnessed a virgin birth? After dwelling across the desert 6 months to witness a miraculous birth, they failed to record it.
If there is a god, it hasn't revealed itself to humanity, because there isn't any evidence. If.
From what I've read it appears that after 150 yrs of "Biblical Archaeology", textual criticism & philosophical wrangling advanced theologians have given up on the God of the Bible. They have not even come up with a completely satisfying notion of what the term "God" really means. This is not a very concrete result especially considering the amount of time & mental energy that has been expended upon it. If this were a scientific research program its funding would have been pulled a century ago.
However, none of this is ever communicated to the faithful as rarified philosophical debate does not put bums in pews. Nor is it very good PR to admit that our advanced research program, which you the congregation have sponsored so generously for all theses years, has been totally inconclusive.
My point is that debating the probability of the existence, or nonexistence, of our Sunday school idea of "God" is pointless. If the greatest minds in Christendom cannot even agree on what is meant by the word "God" there is no way to meaningfully discuss the matter.