For me, "atheism" is near-akin to "free thinking". This thread is about freely thinking about a hypothetical. There is no prosthelytizing going on here whatsoever.
I am always suspicious of those who guard their thoughts so aggressively - what are you afraid of, really?
Once again, thank you Ted... ahem, now...
Really dude? really? I've just handed you an olive branch (which by the way, is a religious term, so fuck you) and you've thrown it back in my face. So now that you've pissed me off, I'm going to systematically destroy your arguments, and do it all from a purely atheist perspective.
I'll still say it man. Much love. because obviously you need it. I hope reason comes to you, and you become content that someone else, even though they do not believe in god/s, can have a different point of view to you.
wise beyond your years Anthony
I really don't care. It's got nothing to do with my experience through life. Might change my experience afterwards.
If science does prove a god, the next question would be if this god is worthy of worship, or whether it even is affected by it.
It really depends on the god that gets proven. If the god in question is Yahweh, then we would have a very strong imperative to do more science in order to figure out a way to kill the bastard.
Haha. Love this pictograph. So true
I get asked that question every time I talk with a theist about why I don't believe in the existence of a god or anything metaphysical or supernatural. The first thing I have to explain is that nothing can make me believe. God CAN'T exist. No god being (or a being worshiped as a god) can substantiate themselves as the creator of the universe or as some sort of authority that we should grovel to and ask how high when he says jump. It's impossible. No being CAN be god. But for a second assume god exists: this "god" created the endless suffering of innocent creatures who don't understand why nature is so cruel (it is however, explained quite will by evolution by natural selection), and therefore he is at fault for being evil. If he was in the slightest bit good, suffering wouldn't exist, and he would know how to preserve free will without physical and mental suffering, so that eliminates the "garden of eden experiment" hypothesis. If I were this all-powerful, all-knowing god, I'd eradicate suffering in a nanosecond, which of course is an eternity for an immortal, all-knowing and omnipresent being. But this goes off course from my original point. The god hypothesis implies the existence of what it's trying to prove before it tries to prove it. It falls off the rails of anything rational, sane or compassionate.
I also say that science has taken apart the physical universe so thoroughly that it has been revealed to be far from the creation of a single mind who has a single purpose. I try to diminish the theist's arrogance that the universe, which is unfathomably big in it's entirety, is here just for the enjoyment and use of an ugly, violent species that stockpiles weapons of planet-wide annihilation of all life.
Power corrupts; Absolute power corrupts absolutely;
God is all-powerful. Draw your own conclusions.
I like your answer!
Once the proof is provided, let me know, and I'll answer the question.