Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
It's pretty high-flown, eloquent stuff. I invite especially theists to rebut it, although all voices are of course welcome.
Any theory regarding God/Creator/Deity, the Creator’s characteristics, and His relation to us is totally irrelevant to the argument and should not have been included in the article. Substantiating any of the God theories and major religions is a totally different matter. Obviously nobody can garner truth from the supernatural world, but only from the natural world. It is foolish to seek and draw conclusions about what is not possible to sense.
Additionally, the article uses declarative tone excessively (i.e. “It is absurd that…etc.), non-essential rhetoric, and is filled with implied and blatant bias and Dickens-esque philosophical aargh! The author allows personal conviction to overrule factual basis of reasoning, especially in the section regarding testimony, and everything after that.
The writer knows big, and yes, eloquent words, but he rambles and it is awkward reading. Consider the first sentence of his paper:
[The premise, “There Is No God”] “must be understood solely to affect a creative Deity. The hypothesis of a pervading Spirit co-eternal with the universe remains unshaken.”
What? (Of course I understand…yet it is clumsy writing&hellip
However, one must love Shelley for his emotive rhetoric.
And thanks for posting the article.
Instilled in me is the knowledge that there is vastly more that is good, right, and nearly faultless in this world; in comparison, there is little that is flawed. Media, critics, and a multitude of horrors and imperfections of the world may make a more lasting impression on one’s mind, but for every flaw of nature, there are a myriad of things that are right in the world. The perfection and symmetry found in the universe would correspond with design; many imperfections of the world are self-induced, and I would consider the implication of biological shortcomings, as our biology is mostly faultless, limited in considering the existence of a Creator.