Sunday, February 26, 2012

Richard Dawkins must think he's dying, LOL

Uber Atheist Richard Dawkins:
"I can't be sure God does not exist"

I guess because only God can be sure?


Fierce Guppy said...

From a freshman's term paper: “God must exist because he wouldn’t be so mean as to make me believe he exists if he doesn’t.”

stoky said...

I was thinking of becoming an agnostic, but I couldn't make up my mind.

Aleara said...

God knows. I sure in hell don't.

Kristopher said...

He's just being honest.

If you define God as a supernaturally powerful being that can do anything and knows everything, then by definition you cannot prove his existence unless he decides to show himself.

Anonymous said...

Only God's hairdresser knows for sure.

"Agnosticism - reserving judgment about divine purpose - remains as defensible as ever, but atheism - the confident denial of divine purpose - becomes trickier. If you admit that we can't peer behind a curtain, how can you be sure there's nothing there?" - Paul Davies -- the renowned British-born physicist, agnostic and professor of cosmology, quantum field theory and astrobiology -- once speaking against the certainty of atheism to Time magazine (in the column "Science, God, and Man")

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Bow and recive your red hat Celt.

stoky said...

Proving that something doesn't exist is difficult indeed.
I'm sure most atheists are at least as concerned with defensibility as catholics toward mentor pedophilia, but forgiveness for atheists seems to require more than confession.

DougM said...

^ sticky, true.
The accepted phrase is that you cannot prove a negative.
In other words, you cannot prove that God does not exist, for any sufficiently flexible definition of God.
Scientifically, we use Occam's Razor, if two answers satisfy, choose the one requiring the fewest or smallest assumptions. God, like magic, is a pretty big assumption in science.
The dividing line between knowledge and religion has moved over the centuries. It's also gotten fuzzier, because it's commonly accepted that anything that has an effect on nature must be a part of nature and, therefore, subject to investigation.
Bottom line: this Universe is a downright fascinating place.

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