Anything Does Not Go

Though I would take the time to comment on and discuss a commonly brought up quote by Richard Dawkins. The quote is as follows:

“I have found it an amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus, Apollo, Amon Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor, Wotan, the Golden Calf and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I just go one god further.”

Invoking the Flying Spaghetti Monster creates a false analogy which presupposes the nonexistence of god or a God. Implicit within the quote is the assumption that any form of belief in gods or God is illogical.It would also appear to imply that once a person believes that a God or gods exist that anything goes which is nonsense.

Why would the existence of God or gods any more than science necessitate that anything goes?

The point is that belief in a Creator/God does not necessitate that anything goes any more than a painting could have been painted by anyone. A reasonable and logical person would study the piece of art or writing and draw conclusion about it’s creator, and yes it must begin with the presupposition of a creator. The purpose of this though is to show that belief in a God does not allow for anything to go nor does it defy logic to believe in a Creator.

For sake of argument I will not invoke any more gods than necessary thereby in keeping with Occam’s Razor I will only invoke one God. If one starts with the presupposition that a God does exist then there are immediately attributes that begin to form via God’s creation.This God could not be physical and must out of necessity exist outside of the universe to have formed it. The universe appears to have structure to be orderly at least in relation to the macro level, and this order is consistent throughout the history of the universe. This would imply that the Creator of such a universe is not given to defying the order nor structure of the universe, therefore the Creator would be one of order not chaos.

In conclusion, the original quote by Dawkins is not surprising as it merely presupposes it’s premise while creating a false analogy. It then draws upon an inaccurate assumption that anything must go when one believes in a God which has been shown is not a logical necessity with regards to theism.

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~ by zealfire on June 29, 2012.

One Response to “Anything Does Not Go”

  1. You should read his book, “The God Delusion.” He is a decent writer, I just can’t say much for the content lol.

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