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Tuhan — A Personal Story

I want to wrap up this series on atheism with a personal story about the point in time where I started diverging from the concept of God. I was very young then, about five years old. I had lost a pencil. It had just slipped out of my schoolbag, which was nothing more than a plastic basket with open weaves and a handle. When I realized that I had lost the pencil, I was quite upset. I think I was worried that I would get a scolding for my carelessness. Anda lihat, my family wasn’t rich. We were slightly better off than the households in our neighborhood, but quite poor by any global standards. The new pencil was, kepada saya, a prized possession.

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The Origins of Gods

The atheist-theist debate boils down to a simple question — Did humans discover God? Atau, did we invent Him? The difference between discovering and inventing is the similar to the one between believing and knowing. Theist believe that there was a God to be discovered. Atheists “tahu” that we humans invented the concept of God. Belief and knowledge differ only slightly — knowledge is merely a very very strong belief. A belief is considered knowledge when it fits in nicely with a larger worldview, which is very much like how a hypothesis in physics becomes a theory. While a theory (such as Quantum Mechanics, misalnya) is considered to be knowledge (or the way the physical world really is), it is best not to forget the its lowly origin as a mere hypothesis. My focus in this post is the possible origin of the God hypothesis.

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Atheism and Unreal God

The only recourse an atheist can have against this argument based on personal experience is that the believer is either is misrepresenting his experience or is mistaken about it. I am not willing to pursue that line of argument. I know that I am undermining my own stance here, but I would like to give the theist camp some more ammunition for this particular argument, and make it more formal.

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Atheism vs. God Experience

I have a reason for delaying this post on the fifth and last argument for God by Dr. William Lane Craig. It holds more potency than immediately obvious. While it is easy to write it off because it is a subjective, experiential argument, the lack of credence we attribute to subjectivity is in itself a result of our similarly subjective acceptance of what we consider objective reason and rationality. I hope that this point will become clearer as you read this post and the next one.

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Atheism and the Morality of the Godless

In the previous post, we considered the cosmological argument (that the Big Bang theory is an affirmation of a God) and a teleological argument (that the highly improbable fine-tuning of the universe proves the existence of intelligent creation). We saw that the cosmological argument is nothing more than an admission of our ignorance, although it may be presented in any number of fancy forms (such as the cause of the universe is an uncaused cause, which is God, misalnya). The teleological argument comes from a potentially wilful distortion of the anthropic principle. The next one that Dr. Craig puts forward is the origin of morality, which has no grounding if you assume that atheism is true.

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Atheism – Christian God, or Lack Thereof

Prof. William Lane Craig is way more than a deist; he is certainly a theist. Malah, he is more than that; he believes that God is as described in the scriptures of his flavor of Christianity. I am not an expert in that field, so I don’t know exactly what that flavor is. But the arguments he gave do not go much farther than the deism. He gave five arguments to prove that God exists, and he invited Hitchens to refute them. Hitchens did not; sekurang-kurangnya, not in an enumerated and sequential fashion I plan to do here.

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Atheism – Is There a God?

Baru-baru ini, I have been listening to some debates on atheism by Christopher Hitchens, as recommended by a friend. Although I agree with almost everything Hitchens says (said rather, because he is no longer with us), I find his tone bit too flippant and derisive for my taste, much like The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Saya seorang ateis, as those who have been following my writings may know. Given that an overwhelming majority of people do believe in some sort of a supreme being, at times I feel kind of compelled to answer the question why I don’t believe in one.

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Adakah Anda Percaya dalam Tuhan?

Saya mendapat dalam kesusahan kerana bertanya soalan ini sekali. Orang yang saya ditanya soalan marah kerana dia merasakan ia terlalu peribadi. Oleh itu, saya tidak akan meminta anda sama ada anda mempercayai Tuhan. Jangan beritahu saya — Saya akan memberitahu anda! Saya juga akan memberitahu anda sedikit lebih lanjut mengenai personaliti anda kemudian dalam pos ini.

Ok, di sini adalah perjanjian itu. Anda mengambil kuiz di bawah. Ia mempunyai lebih 40 soalan benar-atau-salah tentang tabiat dan kelakuan anda. Sebaik sahaja anda menjawab mereka, Saya akan memberitahu anda sama ada anda mempercayai Tuhan, dan jika ya, berapa banyak. Jika anda bosan selepas katakan 20 soalan atau lebih, itu boleh saja, you can quit the quiz and get the Rate. Tetapi yang lebih anda menjawab soalan, lebih tepat tekaan saya mengenai iman anda akan menjadi.

Once you have your Score (atau Rate, jika anda tidak menamatkan kuiz), klik pada butang yang sesuai dengannya.

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Berikut adalah bagaimana ia berfungsi. Terdapat pembahagian buruh berlaku di dalam otak kita, mengikut teori pengkhususan fungsi hemisfera otak. Dalam teori ini, hemisfera kiri otak dianggap asal-usul pemikiran logik dan analisis, dan hemisfera kanan adalah asal-usul pemikiran kreatif dan intuitif. Apa yang dipanggil orang kiri otak dikatakan linear, logik, analisis, dan manakah kesabaran; dan orang yang betul-angin dianggap spatial, kreatif, mistik, intuitif, dan emosi.

Gagasan pengkhususan hemisfera menimbulkan satu persoalan yang menarik: adalah ateisme berkaitan dengan hemisfera logik? Adakah ateis kurang emosi? Saya fikir begitu, dan ujian ini adalah berdasarkan kepercayaan bahawa. Ujian kuiz sama ada anda “kiri otak” orang. Jika anda skor tinggi, kiri otak anda adalah dominan, dan anda mungkin menjadi lebih analitikal dan logik daripada kreatif intuitif atau. Dan, mengikut sangkaan semata-mata saya, anda mungkin menjadi seorang atheis. Adakah ia bekerja untuk anda?

Baik, walaupun ia tidak, sekarang anda tahu sama ada anda analisis atau intuitif. Sila tinggalkan komen untuk membiarkan saya tahu bagaimana ia bekerja.

[Post ini adalah petikan dari buku yang diedit saya The Unreal Universe]

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