Top anti-religion arguments
From the Arguing Atheist feedback form:
I find your site interesting.
What do you feel is the top five arguments against any religion?
Or the singular argument that no one can refute.
Off the top of my head, I’d say that my top five arguments against any religion (assuming a narrow definition of religion that excludes world views that are vaguely defined or have no conscious supernatural elements) would be:
- An all-powerful supernatural being is less likely to exist than a group of very-powerful supernatural beings, and a group of very-powerful supernatural beings is less likely to exist than a natural explanation.
- When faced with something I can’t explain, it is more likely that I do not have enough information or intelligence to come up with an explanation than it is that the explanation is supernatural.
- You cannot demonstrate that your religion is true. If a deity or deities exist, they are likely powerful enough to deceive you if they desire, and we have no way to test their desires.
- The more science humanity learns, the less room there is for the supernatural. Over time, claims of supernatural happenings tend to either diminish or become harder to verify.
- Throughout history, humans have created supernatural explanations for natural phenomena and have allowed stories to grow and become mythical over time. Religion would exist whether or not deities exist.
I don’t think there is an irrefutable argument against religion. Any argument I can come up with could be countered by new evidence or by an argument I had not previously considered. The closest I can come to an irrefutable argument would be this: I see no compelling reason to believe that deities exist.
I didn’t spend a lot of time coming up with these, so my readers may have suggestions for improvements.