Letter: I call BULL
I received the below message through the IAmAnAtheist.com feedback form. I present it for your comment (particularly if you disagree).
First of all, the hiddenness of God. If a supreme being of some sort put us on this earth to have a loving relationship with him, he would ensure that we would believe in him. So, what we would expect is that god would ensure that everyone who is supposed to have a loving relationship with him, would believe in him. In short, one would expect him to provide evidence to convince such people. So, the hiddenness of god is not what we would expect, given theism, but exactly what we would expect if there were no god at all.
Another is science. Biology, physics, chemistry, etc. are used to explain phenomena such as fire, earthquakes, and cancer by reference to natural causes. They don’t invoke causes like the intentions or actions of a divine being that is thought to stand outside of nature. However, they manage to be extremely successful without taking god into account. If theism were true, god would have to act in the world in ways science must take into account.
The supposed connection between our mind and our brains is also sketchy. It’s not exactly clear how an immaterial thing such as the mind (or soul) could have a cause and effect relationship with a physical thing, like the brain (or body). Most theists believe that our soul determines who we are as people, that it determines our personalities. However, brain damage can cause significant alterations to our cognitive abilities and even alter our personalities. Schizophrenia, for example. If the mind were entirely independent of the brain, none of this would be.
Evolution. Yes, you probably knew i’d bring this one up somewhere in here. Haha. This will also tie in with the fine tuning that you mentioned. :) If you follow that evolution takes place, which there is ungodly (haha get it..?) evidence to support, you will see that it is imperfect and inefficient which ultimately would lead to non-functional and dysfunctional designs. Hello.. extinction of species possibly? ;) This evolutionary process is wasteful and, as i said, inefficient. One would think that a supreme being such as god would design a masterpiece of some sort in advance, and then put the design into effect. Seeing that we are imperfect, we cannot possibly be fine tuned into a perfect design. For example, our esophagus and our windpipe being close enough together to make it really easy to choke and die. The birth canal is too small, increasing the chances of injury and death in delivery. This didn’t have to be this way. The wastefulness, inefficiency, and imperfection of
biological evolution are more likely on the assumption that it is a blind causal mechanism with no mind and limited powers, than that it is the instrument soehow of an all powerful, rational intelligence.
My last reason (finally, i’m sure you’re thinking. haha) is pointless suffering. Thousands of innocent people suffer every day from diseases that could be preventable from an all powerful being. Malaria, for example. Most of the time, if malaria hits a child, it will be fatal. This means that an innocent child will have to endure suffering in the last bit of their short life for no reason at all. One possible argument could be that this will prove the child worthy of being in “heaven” with god, but then again, why don’t we a;; suffer in order to make passage? Does this mean good people who have endured no suffering aren’t worthy of heaven? Or some say that we have to endure suffering for the “greater good”. This would make sense if there was anything to be learned from malaria to make the world a better place. However, we already know how to treat it and prevent it and see no such thing. Some scoff at this and say also that we have no right to question god’s “plan”, but if god truly loved us, then we would be the first to know why he permits such pointless suffering. So to that I call BULL. :)