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Existence Exists so God Exists Type Argument in Telegraph Online Religious News

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It is not an essential part of Rupert Shortt’s argument in his recent piece in the Telegraph  but the following claim needs addressing:

But a quantum vacuum is not “nothing”, or even a static medium. It is marked by a series of chaotic flutuations in which particles appear and reappear in a manner consistent with Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.

The uncomfortable reality for an atheist is that it’s impossible, in the terms naturalism allows, to say how anything could exist at all.

So the grounds for maintaining that the universe was created are more robust than sniffier unbelievers allow.

This is tantamount to the argument: We don’t know X, therefore God.

Also such an argument shifts the mystery from why anything exists to why God exists (so in a sense we still do not know X). Work towards understanding X is closed off if we accept God did it, and progress on X may well throw light on the existence of God (as it may well provide illumination on what sorts of things can and cannot exist and what mode of existence they might possess).

Written by CaptainBlack

August 26, 2014 at 04:48

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Odd Questions Odd People Ask/are Asked?

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I am something of a stationary nut (paper, pencils, pens …) and so sometimes browse the Fountain Pen Network (FPN) bulletin board.

Quite often there are posts on FPN by people who report that they are or have copied out some literary work for practice or a gift etc. The work is often the bible (or some part thereof) or related text, which passes without comment on choice of the work. Today I was looking at FPN and noticed a post (from some days ago) from someone who has copied out Epictetus’s Enchiridion. What I find curious was that the first reply/comment contained two questions; the unremarkable “How long did it take?” follows by “Why did you choose that particular work?”.

I suppose I should not be surprised since the majority of posters are in the US and inappropriate requests for prayers and other posts which seem to implicitly assuming the reader is a  christian are relatively common.

Written by CaptainBlack

August 22, 2014 at 07:06

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