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Strong Atheism: Non-Cognitive Nature of Infinity

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

This argument here, is not very engaging, or interesting on any level. Mostly because it runs off a few basic assumptions, which violate other arguments found in the previous articles on the site, and it makes a defense for the existence of some sort of ‘beginning’ which the Big Bang theory does not satisfy. I will do my best to make this blag-o-post interesting.

The first assumption this article makes is that time is a constant. This can easily just be said as a cop-out answer to say it is not relevant because time isn’t the same in every context. But it is a good thought to keep in the back of your mind. If the passage of time, or at least the best way we know of measuring it, is not accurate in our universe, then how can we assume that it is the same outside of our universe? (That was my way of making it fun).

Next, it assumes God adheres to the same rules of time that we do. Now there’s two ways this thought has been received by theists I’ve engaged with: 1. Of course God adheres to time, if not there would be no such thing as actual free will, it would all be determined beforehand. 2. God created time, like gravity, and is not bound to it. Since we’re getting really deep into hypothetical thinking let me bring us back up a little. Answer to 1. It does not matter if God adheres to the same rules of time that we do, we will still have free will. I can make a decision to do something, or not, no matter what I will decide. The point of decision existed, and will exist again. Answer to 2. I am not absolutely sure if God created time, but I tend to agree. However, even if God is bound to time in the same way we perceive it, it does not make Him any less divine. Let’s face it, this is not a central part of Christian doctrine, or anything of that matter, just pure speculation. The real point I’m getting at, is you cannot disprove God based on the assumption that he adheres to time, which contradicts the idea of infinite. Because, you do not know. Also, one is less disproving God than they are disproving our definition of finite, anyway.

What the argument really says is that if infinity is in some way existent, then there would be an infinite number of regresses to get to where we are, and could never arrive at this present moment in time. Since God is defined as infinite, then through an infinite number of regresses, he would never come to the point of creation, or even to now. This leads us into a Causation argument. Everything in existence was caused; something else was here before what is here now, infinite times over. This argument actually says there must be some first cause. The universe must be finite. It is logical to conclude that time as we perceive it does not agree with infinity as we perceive it, thus we have two options. 1. Infinity is only possible outside of time which is from whence the origin of the finite, that is to say time-bound, came about. 2. This is all hog-wash, and I’ll ignore it.

Christianity answers this. God answers this. I’d be really happy to write a blag explaining Genesis in a comprehensible way for everyone who’s read it with the same skepticism i have. The world around us points to a beginning. The bible begins with the beginning. there’s something to it, don’t ignore it.

by the way, I’m feeling like I missed something… anybody see something I missed?

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