How to Doubt God

Having doubts about the existence of God? Here is how to explore, clarify and reinforce those doubts.

Steps

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    Assess critically any "proofs of God's existence". Philosophers have disagreed for millenia of God's existence so it is unlikely to find proof on the internet.
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    Know the arguments in favour of the existence of God. GodlessGeeks.com/InternetInfidels goes through many of the proofs in a satirical article entitled Hundreds of Proofs of God’s Existence.
    • Cosmological argument aka First Cause argument. The universe must have a cause so God exists.
    • Miracles argument. A miracle happened so God exists.
    • Moral argument. A specific atheist was morally inferior therefore God exists.
    • Biblical argument. Quote biblical passage therefore God exists.
    • Intelligence argument. You wouldn't understand even I tried to explain to you, therefore God exists.
    • Fallibility argument. Human reasoning is fallible, therefore there is no reasonable way to challenge a proposition so if I propose God exists then God exists.
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    Occam's Razor. Explain that simpler explanations of the universe are preferable. Richard Dawkins explains this in The God Delusion.
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    Defend atheist morality. Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion asks, "would you commit murder, rape or robbery if you knew that no God existed?".
    • Dawkins states, morality does not originate from the Bible, rather our moral progress informs what part of the Bible Christians accept and what they now dismiss.
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    Argue that the conception of God is inherently meaningless.
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    Argue that the conception of God is contradictory.
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    Argue that God is at odds with known scientific or historical facts.
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    Deductive arguments. There are many problems with omnipotence, omnibenevolence, omniscience and omnipresence.
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    Understand burden of proof. Understand the theory of Russell's teapot. Bertrand Russell posited there is a tiny teapot orbiting the sun to demonstrate the burden of proof is with the theist not the atheist. And one last thing: if God existed, we would be in a much better place by now.

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