February 20 – Common Arguments

Our meeting this week covers the common arguments for and against god.

I think listing arguments against god might be a bit like preaching to the choir (so to speak) so instead I’ll focus on arguments for god and you can examine them for yourself.

The New Atheism and Five Arguments for God

Ten Arguments for the Existence of God

Why is There Something Rather than Nothing? The Only Six Options

Of the ones mentioned, the arguments that I find most interesting are the argument from morality and the personal experience argument. I don’t find them compelling or logically sound, but worth talking about.

Looking through those lists, it strikes me as mostly about reconciling existing beliefs. In my experience, people believe in a god or religion because they want to. They might use some sort of logic to justify it, but the belief comes first. It’s said that you can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into. That’s probably the most difficult argument to counter since it isn’t an argument at all.

As always, everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

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