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God — 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. You see, 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, to me, a prized possession.

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The Origins of Gods

The atheist-theist debate boils down to a simple questionDid humans discover God? Or, 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. Atheistsknowthat we humans invented the concept of God. Belief and knowledge differ only slightlyknowledge 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, for instance) 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, for instance). 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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AtheismChristian God, or Lack Thereof

Prof. William Lane Craig is way more than a deist; he is certainly a theist. In fact, 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; at least, not in an enumerated and sequential fashion I plan to do here.

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AtheismIs There a God?

Recently, 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. I am an atheist, 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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Do You Believe in God?

ایک بار یہ سوال کرنے کے لئے میں پریشانی میں پڑ گیا,,en,جس شخص سے میں نے سوال کیا وہ ناراض ہوا کیونکہ اسے لگا کہ یہ بہت ذاتی ہے,,en,لہذا میں آپ سے یہ پوچھنے والا نہیں کہ کیا آپ خدا پر یقین رکھتے ہیں؟,,en,مجھے مت بتانا,,en,میں تمیں بتاوں گا,,en,اس پوسٹ کے بعد میں آپ کو آپ کی شخصیت کے بارے میں کچھ اور بھی بتاؤں گا,,en,یہاں سودا ہے,,en,آپ نیچے کوئز لیں,,en,یہ ختم ہوچکا ہے,,en,آپ کی عادات اور طریق کار سے متعلق درست یا غلط سوالات,,en,ایک بار جب آپ ان کا جواب دیں,,en,میں آپ کو بتاؤں گا کہ کیا آپ خدا پر یقین رکھتے ہیں,,en,اور اگر ایسا ہے تو,,en,کتنا,,en,اگر آپ کہنے کے بعد بور ہوجائیں,,en,سوالات یا تو,,en,یه ٹھیک ھے,,en,آپ کوئز چھوڑ سکتے ہیں اور حاصل کرسکتے ہیں,,en,شرح,,en,لیکن جتنے بھی سوالات آپ جواب دیتے ہیں,,en,آپ کے ایمان کے بارے میں میرا اندازہ جتنا درست ہوگا,,en,آسان کوئز پرو,,en,غیر حقیقی,,en,غیر حقیقی بلاگ فخر کے ساتھ آپ کو آسان ایڈسینس لاتا ہے,,en,ایک بار جب آپ اپنے,,en,اسکور,,en. The person I asked the question got angry because she felt that it was too personal. So I am not going to ask you whether you believe in God. Don’t tell me — I will tell you! I will also tell you a bit more about your personality later in this post.

Ok, here is the deal. You take the quiz below. It has over 40 true-or-false questions about your habits and mannerisms. Once you answer them, I will tell you whether you believe in God, and if so, how much. If you get bored after say 20 questions or so, it is okay, you can quit the quiz and get the Rate. But the more questions you answer, the more accurate my guess about your faith is going to be.

Once you have your Score (or Rate, اگر آپ کوئز ختم نہیں کرتے ہیں,,en,اس سے وابستہ بٹن پر کلک کریں,,en,آپ کو یقین ہے کہ کوئی خدا نہیں ہے,,en,آپ ملحد ہیں,,en,اور اس بات کو بخوبی سمجھ نہیں سکتے ہیں کہ کوئی خدا پر کیوں یقین کرنا چاہتا ہے,,en,آپ نہیں جانتے کہ کوئی خدا ہے,,en,آپ کو یقین ہے کہ آپ نہیں جان سکتے,,en,آپ انجنوسٹک ہیں,,en,آپ کو یقین ہے کہ ایک اعلی وجود ہے,,en,ایک اعلی طاقت یا زندگی کی طاقت,,en,لیکن ضروری نہیں کہ ایسی کوئی چیز جو انسانی اخلاقیات پر لٹکی ہو,,en,اور یقینی طور پر ایسی کوئی چیز نہیں جو انسان دکھائی دیتی ہے,,en,فریتھینکنگ,,en,آپ خدا پر یقین رکھتے ہیں,,en,ایک خدا ہے,,en,اچھ andا اور اخلاقی,,en,ناراض جب ہم گناہ کرتے ہیں,,en,اور ہم پر نگاہ ڈال رہے ہیں,,en,ضروری نہیں کہ کلام پاک میں بیان کردہ اینتھروپومورفک شکل یا شکل میں ہو,,en,ایک خدا ہے جیسا کہ صحیفوں میں دیا گیا ہے,,en,جنت اور جہنم,,en,یا اوتار,,en,کرما,,en,وغیرہ,,en,شاید تمام مذاہب ایک ہی خدا کی طرف اشارہ کریں,,en), click on the button corresponding to it.


Here is how it works. There is a division of labor going on in our brain, according to the theory of hemispheric specialization of brain functions. In this theory, the left hemisphere of the brain is considered the origin of logical and analytical thinking, and the right hemisphere is the origin of creative and intuitive thinking. The so-called left-brain person is thought to be linear, logical, analytical, and unemotional; and the right-brained person is thought to be spatial, creative, mystical, intuitive, and emotional.

This notion of hemispheric specialization raises an interesting question: is atheism related to the logical hemisphere? Are atheists less emotional? مجھے لگتا ہے,,en,اور یہ امتحان اسی عقیدہ پر مبنی ہے,,en,کوئز ٹیسٹ کرتا ہے کہ آیا آپ ہیں,,en,بائیں دماغ,,en,شخص,,en,اگر آپ اعلی اسکور کرتے ہیں,,en,آپ کا بایاں دماغ غالب ہے,,en,اور ممکن ہے کہ آپ بدیہی یا تخلیقی سے کہیں زیادہ تجزیاتی اور منطقی ہوں,,en,میرے اندازے کے مطابق,,en,آپ کا ملحد ہونے کا امکان ہے,,en,کیا یہ آپ کے لئے کام کرتا ہے؟,,en,یہاں تک کہ اگر ایسا نہیں ہوا,,en,اب آپ کو معلوم ہوگا کہ آپ تجزیاتی ہیں یا بدیہی ہیں,,en,براہ کرم مجھے یہ بتانے کے لئے ایک تبصرہ کریں کہ یہ کیسے کام کرتا ہے,,en,طبیعیات اور فلسفہ پر,,en,کلام کا انتظار,,en,ملحد,,en,خدا کا تصور,,en,کوئز,,en,ماہرین معاشیات,,en,فروخت اور ساخت,,en, and this test is based on that belief. The quiz tests whether you are “left-brain” person. If you score high, your left-brain is dominant, and you are likely to be more analytical and logical than intuitive or creative. And, according to my conjecture, you are likely to be an atheist. Did it work for you?

Well, even if it didn’t, now you know whether you are analytical or intuitive. Please leave a comment to let me know how it worked.

[This post is an edited excerpt from my book The Unreal Universe]

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