Why I am an atheist

I see no logical or rational reason to believe in any kind of creator deity. Not only is there no solid evidence of any kind to support the existence of God (faith is, essentially, belief in spite of a complete absence of evidence) but the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent designer raises more questions that it answers.

For me, the clincher is this: if it is highly improbable that our universe, consisting of countless stars and planets in at least 100 billion galaxies and infinitely expanding, came to be from nothing (or more accurately from the point-singularity event we call the Big Bang), how much more improbable is the supremely complex being supposed to have designed it? The existence of a God at the Beginning begs the question “who created God?” which leads us to an infinite regress that is inescapable.

That initial spark of creation (which the Large Hadron Collider attempts to emulate) was a single, simple event that had to only happen once. One-off events are far more probable if simple than if complex, tipping the odds distinctly against God who (to use the term of “Intelligent Design Theorists”) is of an irreducible complexity almost beyond comprehension. Darwinian natural selection shows us how complex processes and beings can gradually emerge from simplicity, and leads us to seek out simplicity in origins, thereby near enough ruling out God.

We cannot completely disprove God’s existence, but this is irrelevant as we can likewise not disprove Thor, Zeus, Santa, the Easter Bunny, or any other creation of myth/fiction. We can, however, judge that his existence is so improbable that he almost certainly does not exist. We do not “know” there is no God as Carl Jung “knows” there is one, as atheism is not a faith position, but the shades of probability and reason lead us to lean strongly towards that position.

4 Responses to “Why I am an atheist”
  1. wonker says:

    Interesting blog, I’ll try and spread the word.

  2. alexio says:

    I am agnostic, though^^
    Why do we always have to prove or disprove God?
    The existence of God is a proven fact! Especially through statements like ‘God is dead’ or ‘There is no god’! When someone is really not existing, then we do not constantly need to deny it or to declare as ‘dead’. Otherwise we had infinitely many sentences like ‘There are no Kasmanets’ or ‘Tiesel is dead’! — You might wonder what ‘kasmanets’ are or who ‘Tiesel’ is? — You see – they do truly not exist^^

  3. Jasper Mispelters says:

    The rest of your blog is interesting, but as so many people you oversimplify things when it comes to religion.

    How much more sense does it make that The Big Bang happened out of nothing, as opposed to being triggered by some form of supernatural being that shortsighted humans have given the name “God”?

    I am very much opposed to the traditional vision of this Godlike figure, but I do not excluse the possibility of Its existence.

    I think we should perceive it as more of a mystical, universal force that holds the universe itself. But as I do not know what it is, and will probably never know, I rather keep myself occupied with being the best damn human being I can possibly be. Which is what we all should be doing.

    Science in se makes just as little sense as religion. Yet we take it very seriously because somehow it provides us with “proof” of certain things we experience, it comforts us, it provides us with a framework to gain back a little bit of security we lost when we started realising there is definitely no interventionist God, the sun does not revolve around planet Earth, we stem from apes, …

    Again, I have to say I think we shouldn’t occupy our minds with this kind of thinking as it serves no real purpose. The most important thing is to create a society in which a maximum level of happiness and fulfillment is achieved. You can clearly see today that that goal is hard enough as it is, so why bother ourselves with trying to make statements of that about which we cannot know anything at all? Let’s show some human humility for once and just accept that we are oblivious.

    I came here because I’m working on an article about anarcho-primitivism and am looking for a large movement that carries its values, not to discuss religion. I just needed to reply to this as it showed the same kind of thinking errors “believers” make.

    We should understand that “religion” and “philosophy” should in fact not be a case of believing or non-believing. It should be a matter of accepting the truth, which is that we do not know.

  4. jane says:

    Do you consider Buddhists to be theists or atheists? It seems that most atheists define themselves in reaction to the Abrahamic religions and their concepts of God and spirituality. In Buddhism and aspects of Hinduism empiricism is everything as the spiritual can only be directly experienced and is beyond phenomenal explanation. The means by which God is defined is similar to the means of identifying self and as such a bit of red herring.
    I really like this paragraph of yours by the way: “Like most anarchists, I consider “anarcho”-capitalism to be an oxymoron, as by its very nature capitalism is not anarchic. An-caps have taken the dictionary definition of anarchy as “no government” and pasted it onto their ideology, utterly forgetting that anarchism is in fact a movement of philosophy and activism, with a long history and tradition, based upon principles of libertarian socialism and opposed to all forms of hierarchy and domination, not just the state. Going further, I would even suggest that an-caps do not want to dismantle the machinery of the state, but merely privatise it.” Have not seen it put better.

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