Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Atheists and "Disbelief"

The inability of Atheists to support the supposed “rationality” of their position is illuminated by the completely irrational attempt to claim mere disbelief, rather than outright rejection for cause. The Atheist pretends to have a position which cannot be analyzed or even discussed by having asserted this transparently false claim. The Atheist making this claim apparently thinks that there is no possible way to penetrate this illusion, so that he will never be required to actually provide rational reasons or reasoning for his rejectionism.

Let’s take a look at the logic underlying such claims.

Either a person has heard the posits of a creating deity, or he has not.
If not, then he is ignorant.
If so, then he knows the posits.

If a person knows the posits about a creating deity, then either he accepts them or rejects them or cannot decide.
If he cannot decide, he is an agnostic, not an Atheist, yet he either has reasons and reasoning, or he does not.
If he rejects them (Atheist), either he has reasons or reasoning, or he does not.
If he does not have reasons or reasoning, then he is not rational in his rejection.

If he does have reasons or reasoning, then either the reasons are comprised of disciplined logic and/or material evidence, or not.
If not, he is not rational.
If he has rejected the posits using disciplined logic and/or material evidence, then he can present that to support his rejection, or not.
If not, he is intellectually dishonest, and doesn’t want his disciplined logic and/or material evidence examined, analyzed and refuted.

If he doesn’t want his disciplined logic and/or material evidence examined, analyzed and refuted, then he is either an intellectual coward, or he knows that the logic and material evidence are false (intellectual fraud). Both of these eventualities indicate emotional disturbance in that individual.

Since Atheists do not ever present either logic or evidence which prove categorically and incorrigibly that the posits of a creating deity are immutably false, then it is proper to assume that either they do not actually have either logic or evidence to support their rejection (This is supported by the Atheist belief in “Hitchens’ Razor”), or they are intellectually dishonest. Or in this case, both.

If they claim mere “disbelief” without any responsibility to support their position with logic or evidence, Then it is proper to assume that either they are intellectually dishonest in their claim, or they have no reason or reasoning in their disbelief. Both of these are intellectually empty positions. Both of these are universal amongst modern Atheists.
Here is a simple form of a posit of a creating deity:
Either the universe always existed, or it came into being.

If it is thought to have always existed, then a) it is an infinite regression (fallacy); b) the Big Bang and Expansionary Theory is a false theory (anti-science).

If the universe is an infinite regression, then empirical evidence is needed; there is none.

If the universe came into being at the Big Bang, then empirical evidence is needed; that evidence exists.

If the universe came into being, it violates the null hypothesis that “nothing” is more parsimonious than is “something”.

If the new existence of a universe is less parsimonious than its prior non-existence, it is proper to assume that there is a reason that the universe came into existence, overcoming the null hypothesis. That reason correlates with a cause, pre-existing the material universe, with the power and causal ability to create the universe, and is therefore greater than the universe.

Further, that causal power had a reason to create the universe, and therefore was an agent.

Further, the creating agent created the rational laws for ordered material existence which were installed, rather than mere chaos, when chaos (non-ordered) would be the null hypothesis. Given the existence of rational laws for ordered existence, then the creating agent is rational.

Therefore, it is more rational to conclude that the universe came into being in opposition to the null state of non-existence, and it did so due a creating agent which is sufficiently powerful, purposeful, and rational.
Now, this argument can be rejected by Atheists who are not ignorant of it, for two possible reasons: 1) rational objections using disciplined logic and/or material evidence, OR 2) emotional reasons. But the Atheist cannot claim to have NO reasons or reasoning, to have mere disbelief without cause for disbelief, without also being obviously intellectually dishonest and emotionally based, and completely without any intellectual content in his position.

Atheism reduces and resolves to blind belief that there is no creating deity, and does so in the complete absence of disciplined logic and/or material evidence; in fact it must deny disciplined logic and existing material evidence, in order to maintain the blind belief.


8 comments:

Phoenix said...

When it comes to the universe and its beginning, I've noticed Atheists will generally lean towards one of 3 positions:

1) The universe was born in a quantum vacuum and is infinite, as energy cannot be created or destroyed.
2) Our universe stems from a Multiverse.
3) The universe DOES have a beginning but one should refrain from exploring the origins as it may lead to all kinds of philosophical notions which Atheists might find uncomfortable.

Mama Row said...
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CJ said...

I've often encountered two other arguments:

4) the universe itself is infinite. Of course, that claim is every bit as anti-science as they claim evolution deniers to be, but either they fail to notice, or they don't care.

5) it's OK to say, "I don't know" -- apparently said contra the God of the Gaps argument every theistic argument is a priori assumed to be. A typical conversation might run:

Theist: so where'd the universe come from?
Atheist: It's OK to say IDK, so don't give me your God of the Gaps crap.

At which point the atheist considers the argument over and the theist defeated.

CJ said...

"the completely irrational attempt to claim mere disbelief, rather than outright rejection for cause"

I'm currently having a go-round with a bevy of atheists over at YouTube (yeah, I'm slumming it), who insist adamantly on weak atheism as the only legitimate atheist position.

A typical conversation:

Theist: where's your evidence God doesn't exist?
Atheist: Idiot. I have no burden of proof. I just lack belief because "no evidence".
T: But "no evidence" is a knowledge claim. You have a burden of proof.
A: No I don't. You can't prove a negative. Retard. YOU have the burden of proof.
T: Plato. Aristotle. Anselm. Aquinas. Al-Ghazali. Leibniz. Descartes. Swinburne. Plantinga. You have a burden of rebuttal.
A: No, because reasons. Stupid theist. There is no evidence.

As Stan has argued, the weak atheist position is simply an autobiographical description, exactly as interesting as asserting, "I lack a preference for chocolate".

I'm convinced millenial atheists are swarming to the weak atheist position precisely *because* it's so intellectually lazy. Toss in "no evidence" to add a veneer of intellectual content, then postpend "can't prove a negative" to avoid defending even that.

It's a perfectly square, utterly demand-free, box. The ultimate lazy philosophical position.

And then they claim they're all about logic.

Phoenix said...

Atheist: It's OK to say IDK, so don't give me your God of the Gaps crap.

Unless the Atheist is busy supporting Evolution, then it's not OK to say IDK.

Aaron Springer said...

I reject the god claims due to the inability of those making the claim to present any compelling evidence.

Stan said...

What kind of evidence do you require?

Phoenix said...

I bet Aaron is stunned. No one has asked him to elucidate his requirements before.

Sorry Aaron but over here it is not enough to yell "evidence" randomly. You will have to use your brain.