There Is No God Term Paper

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¶ … Non-Existence of God

In order to discuss the non-existence of God, it is mandatory to examine at some length the precepts and conditions of atheism which is defined as "a disbelief in the existence of a deity as understood by an atheist, or a person who denies the existence of God" (Webster's, 112). The portrayal of atheism as being something utterly lacking in credibility has played a very important role in religious propaganda for many centuries. For the most part, atheism itself must be made unthinkable so that the believer in God will not be led down the path of deconversion, meaning the process by which a religious believer (i.e. Of a major religion, such as Christianity, Catholicism or Judaism) becomes an atheist. In addition, atheism has often been represented as the means toward spiritual and moral destruction which in essence has been propagated out of religious necessity.

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The suggestion that atheism is a credible non-belief system points to the idea that it has some basis in fact; to say that the atheist is right is to suggest that Christians may be wrong which further leads to the suggestion that faith is an unreliable guide to knowing that God does exist. Therefore, if faith is unreliable then every single aspect of Christianity or some other major religion must be examined through the use of logic and reason which no doubt terrifies the believer by totally upsetting his/her belief systems. Thus, as Vincent P. Miceli relates, "when reason is liberated from the shackles of faith, it will claim sovereignty over every sphere of knowledge... And thus force believers to question the existence of God by subjecting His alleged divine revelations to critical analysis" (18).

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Derived from the Greek word atheistos, meaning "one who denies the traditional religion of the Athenian establishment" (McGrath 8), an atheist staunchly denies the existence of God, whether as the Creator or Master of the Universe, the One that sees all, hears all and knows all. Atheism, being the lack of belief in any form of theism, is therefore more of a perspective than a philosophy of non-religion. Since an atheist is a person who does not accept the existence of any God or number of gods (monotheism and polytheism), one must be careful how the word God is defined. For example, the Christians that lived during the latter days of the Roman Empire were accused of atheism by their pagan contemporaries, due to not believing in the great pantheon of Roman gods and goddesses. In the second century a.D, Justin Martyr wrote that "We are called atheists, and we confess that we are atheists, but only so far as the pagan gods and not with respect to the most true God" (Dods 29).

At times, atheism is described as a doctrine which if extrapolated upon logically would result in disbelief. As maintained by Michel de Montaigne, one of the greatest and most intelligent Catholics of the 16th century, the teachings of Martin Luther implied atheism, for he had rejected the church as the only true earthly authority between man and God and argued that man should search his own conscience for divine inspiration. However, according to Montaigne, this was an unreliable method, due to the shaky judgments of ignorant and uneducated commoners which he thought would "soon degenerate into loathsome atheism" (Screech 2).

Any modern-day text on the philosophy of religion will invariably state that atheism is the belief that God does not exist and that an atheist is a person who affirms the non-existence of God. However, atheism itself, much like Christianity, Judaism or even Islam, cannot be justified, simply because it is impossible to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that God does not exist. Thus, the failure to prove the non-existence of God does not necessarily mean that He does not exist -- the failure to prove the positive aspect of something does not establish nor support the negative. Therefore, one must "suspend his judgment" concerning the affirmation or denial of God. This is often referred to as agnosticism, meaning that a person is undecided as to the existence or non-existence of a supreme being.

In some ways, when an atheist says that he/she does not believe in the existence of God, that person is being omniscient, meaning that the person knows there is no God. In essence, how can an atheist possibly know that God does not exist? Even if the atheist denies the existence of God, due to the contradictions contained in the theological argument for His existence, this does not indicate that he/she can prove that God does not exist. Because of this situation, almost every theologian and religious leader/believer totally rejects the argument of the atheist. Conversely, the theologian and the religious person, regardless of whether he/she is a Christian, Jew or Muslim, cannot prove or disprove the existence of God, due to the fact that it is not provable. Yet for the religious person, all he has is faith, meaning a belief in something without a shred of evidence to support it. Of course, the religious person relies on the Holy Bible, the Talmud or the Koran for his/her religious faith, all of which were written by men who were allegedly inspired by God to write down His thoughts and commandments. But just because such books exist does not necessarily indicate that God had anything to do with them.

Therefore, according to theologians, the atheist either does not understand exactly what he/she professes or does not comprehend the irrationality of his disbelief. Basically, this is the entire argument presented by the theologian/religious person regarding atheism. But when viewed from a different perspective, it is clear that atheism is just as rational and sane as any religious belief, perhaps even more, due to being based on logic and reason instead of superstition and mythology.

Several examples are necessary in order to demonstrate the inconsistencies and contradictions found in organized religion. First of all, the Old Testament clearly states that God created the heavens and the earth and everything that lives upon it -- allegedly, God also created the angels. God's most beloved angel was Lucifer who swiftly turned against God and was thrown out of heaven to exist in what is now referred to as Hell or the underworld. Since God has been represented as being all knowing and all seeing (i.e. knowing in advance as to what was going to occur), why did He create Lucifer in the first place, knowing that he would turn against Him and create havoc and evil in the world? Secondly, the Old Testament declares that God (Jehovah) demands obedience and can often be jealous, angry and at times selfish. These are the traits of an ego -- why would God need an ego? If He is the Master of the Universe, the Supreme Being of the Cosmos, then why would He be concerned about what mere human beings think or do on the Earth? Since God is allegedly the Ruler of the Universe, why place so much focus on a plant like the Earth which, when compared to the universe, is nothing more than a flyspeck in the cosmic order?

IMPLICATIONS:

The implications found in atheism and the disbelief in the existence of God are far-reaching indeed, for if the atheist is right it would mean that all organized religions, theologians and believers are wrong. Therefore, every precept, tenet or belief that constitutes organized religion is false. In essence, this would indicate that persons like Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, just to name a few, are dead wrong when it comes to believing in a supreme being. In addition, this would also mean that all persons on this planet that believe in a supreme being,… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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