You know, I get it that atheism is more rational and better for humanity, but I have to note the irony. This was written by atheists for atheists so they can feel snide and smug at the expense of those who disagree, if they are not under the delusion that this is actually going to shame anyone into renouncing their faith.
Does that sound familiar?
Seriously guys, the claim that atheism is as much a religion as bald is a hair color, is being rendered less clever by the day as more and more militant, proselytizing, and yes even dogmatic atheists are generated. The modern neoatheist is likely to be someone who did not come up with it on their own but instead Googled it because of their family and friends, or maybe a billboard. The same kids that would have been satanists to piss off mommy and daddy 10 year ago, are now reading Dawkins and Hitchens.
Science can not, and positively will not ever, be able to answer the question of what enforces the physical constants, or why existence bothers existing, because science by its very nature is limited to explaining things which exist.
There can be no experimentation or control group or manipulation of physical law, and even if there were it would simply become a property of existence that would in turn be unexplainable.
Science is a tape recorder, nothing more.
How gravity works in relation to the other elements of reality can be answered experimentally, but why gravity exists or why it behaves as it does, can not.
I feel like I did when I was 17 and atheism was the bold new world view.
I felt time compression and a-causality explained it all, but I was not considering the rules themselves.
I took the rules as axiomatic, as unexplorable, I did not see the forest for the trees.
Obviously a self creating universe is consistent with the laws of reality as we know them, there need not be a beginning or end or a cause… from within the framework of those rules, but why are those rules there? Why do they take this form?
And don’t tell me it’s random, one of an infinite series of realities, because if that were the case you just fall into a bigger trap.
If our reality is just 1 of an infinite set of realities with infinitely varying laws of physics then why was a universe not created that instantly annihilated all others? I know that didn’t/won’t occur because I exist, therefor there can not be infinite universes, or the rules that create the definition of universe, are limited, and here again, why that limit, why not some other limit?
Atheists just haven’t thought it through.
I wonder what I’ll be when the rest of the would be intellectual crowd comes around to my (and Einstein’s) flavor of deism.
Atheists may claim the god of the gaps and note the gap is shrinking, yes indeed, but like all significant things with regard to our universe there is a paradox at the heart of it all.
If you squeeze hard enough, the only room left for god will be everywhere.