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Posted by Harvey on August 22, 2003 21:14:18 UTC

God is an idea. One that helps many deal with death and fear of the unknown. It's a fine idea and a helpful one at that. But, it's still an idea: a creation of the human animal. It is surprising that for beings so capable of rational thought and reasoning, that we hold on to the belief that there's some form of life beyond our own. And that this life (and the next) is watched over by a greater being.

This kind of skepticism has no bounds. Why not be skeptical about ideas of the world? After all, without a visual cortex it's unlikely we could see any cakes or brownies (we couldn't even visualize it in our minds). Without olfactory centers in our brain we couldn't smell, and so on.

That doesn't mean those things don't exist. It just means that we are permanently separated from the things themselves. We 'see' them as our brain sees them. Talking about seeing them as they are is only a fantasy. For example, we don't see muons, but perhaps not seeing muons critically suppresses our understanding of how things really are.

Arguments against God's existence are fine to consider, but skeptic arguments that highlight our ignorance are slippery slopes since no amount of 'knowledge' can satisfy the extreme skeptic. But, the beauty in that is that even this kind of skeptic could never satisfy their own justification to this kind of skepticism.

Skepticism is fine if used in moderation, but as an argument of itself it is not an argument but an excuse. To really challenge an idea, you have to provide justifiable reasons that contradict those ideas. Citing skepticism in itself, by itself is lame.

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