Those questions of the week…
On my quest for truth, (or as I have realized from a friend…best answers) I was challenged by some christian friends to be sure that I did not only listen to one side. I felt that was fair, in fact I believed it to be the only way to be critically honest in such a quest. I love this approach from Pyrrhonism:
“A Pyrrhonist tries to make the arguments of both sides as strong as possible. Then he asks himself if there is any reason to prefer one side to the other. And if not, he suspends belief in either side.”
“One hallmark of intellectual honesty is the solicitation of opposing points of view” (Tom Clancy)
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”~Aristotle
It is in this spirit that I feel encouraged to maintain friendships and interactions with people from opposing viewpoints, and to never dismiss the opposing viewpoint without consideration.
I still continue to receive email notifications from religious sites as well as Skeptics Society and others.
I just received a “Question of the week” from
Question: “Who created God? Where did God come from?”
Answer: A common argument from atheists and skeptics is that if all things need a cause, then God must also need a cause. The conclusion is that if God needed a cause, then God is not God (and if God is not God, then of course there is no God). This is a slightly more sophisticated form of the basic question “Who made God?” Everyone knows that something does not come from nothing. So, if God is a “something,” then He must have a cause, right?
The question is tricky because it sneaks in the false assumption that God came from somewhere and then asks where that might be. The answer is that the question does not even make sense. It is like asking, “What does blue smell like?” Blue is not in the category of things that have a smell, so the question itself is flawed. In the same way, God is not in the category of things that are created or caused. God is uncaused and uncreated—He simply exists.
How do we know this? We know that from nothing, nothing comes. So, if there were ever a time when there was absolutely nothing in existence, then nothing would have ever come into existence. But things do exist. Therefore, since there could never have been absolutely nothing, something had to have always been in existence. That ever-existing thing is what we call God. God is the uncaused Being that caused everything else to come into existence. God is the uncreated Creator who created the universe and everything in it.
I have rather seen this “atheist common argument” as a response to the argument that since we know that from nothing, nothing comes therefore “god exists”. Something I don’t understand is how saying “WE know that from nothing , nothing comes” is an absolute truth? We have absolutely no idea how the earth or universe got here. So it is a possibility that the statement “from nothing, nothing comes” is not an absolute truth, and more possibly not even a best answer. More sincerely I don’t understand the jump from “therefore god” to proof of a personal interactive being….?