Professor Peter Atterton wrote an
article for The New York Times entitled: “A God Problem: Perfect. All-powerful. All-knowing. The idea of the deity most Westerners accept is actually not coherent.”
He has written a headline that he’s not able to cash. The professor demonstrated that the very idea of having God up there is logically impossible, which is actually the best strategy for atheists.
Science shows us the workings of the natural world, but as we all know, God doesn’t obey the laws of science.
He wrote: “First consider the attribute of omnipotence. You’ve probably heard the paradox of the stone before: Can God create a stone that cannot be lifted? If God can create such a stone, then He is not all powerful, since He Himself cannot lift it.
“On the other hand, if He cannot create a stone that cannot be lifted, then He is not all powerful, since He cannot create the unliftable stone. Either way, God is not all powerful.”
What is really being asked here is, can God create an unliftable stone? No, He can’t, as He can’t make an elephant that is also a tree. He doesn’t create nonsensical things.
His next argument: “Can God create a world in which evil does not exist? This does appear to be logically possible. Presumably God could have created such a world without contradiction. It evidently would be a world very different from the one we currently inhabit, but a possible world all the same. Indeed, if God is morally perfect, it is difficult to see why he wouldn’t have created such a world. So why didn’t He?
“The standard defense is that evil is necessary for free will… However, this does not explain so-called physical evil (suffering) caused by nonhuman causes (famines, earthquakes, etc.). Nor does it explain, as Charles Darwin noticed, why there should be so much pain and suffering among the animal kingdom.”
Professor Atterton is creating an argument nobody is making. If people have the freedom to do good, people are also free to do bad. If we had no choice but to do good, then we would become puppets without choices. That’s like having only one option for the rest of your life. How will we grow and learn?
He added: “What about God’s infinite knowledge — His omniscience? …If God knows all there is to know, then He knows at least as much as we know. But if He knows what we know, then this would appear to detract from His perfection. Why?
“There are some things that we know that, if they were also known to God, would automatically make Him a sinner, which of course is in contradiction with the concept of God. As the late American philosopher Michael Martin has already pointed out, if God knows all that is knowable, then God must know things that we do, like lust and envy.
“But one cannot know lust and envy unless one has experienced them. But to have had feelings of lust and envy is to have sinned, in which case God cannot be morally perfect… But if God doesn’t know what we know, God is not all knowing, and the concept of God is contradictory. God cannot be both omniscient and morally perfect. Hence, God could not exist.”
One person commented: “Faith: Belief in anything for which there is no evidence.”
Another said: “A God problem? Maybe God has a people problem. When he looks down upon our earth today he probably asks himself how can people behave in such an evil way. There is so much inhumanity to man. Do not blame God for this. God is not responsible. It is the people who are responsible for so much of the bad things that occur today.”
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