Superstitious Fool wrote:
CelticAtheist wrote:The balance of probabilities is heavily against
How? Please answer with empirical evidence.
A Catholic asking for empirical evidence?
We may be winning after all.
Here's the massively condensed and vastly incomplete list that myself and a few others came up with. Look forward to your response.
- Deities always in a recognisable form
(i.e. always human, animal, a natural occurrence, or a mix of them)
- Deities always in a familiar form
(i.e. you wouldn't see a horse deity in Mesoamerican civilisation pre-Cortez)
- Rules set by deities are always a reflection of the times and geographical location in which they originated.
(i.e. Sexism in Abrahamic religions)
- Arguments for non-interventionalist deities are hypocritical.
(i.e. if deities don't do anything to our world, then how could we possibly know about them?)
- All religions postulating a deity prohibit critical analysis of both the religion and its god. Its a fairly effective maintaining control / power.
(ie no rational thought tolerated, leading to heresy or apostacy charges)
- Gender of deities
(i.e. divine beings having genders)
- Deities never present any new information that the people at the time couldn't have known. (i.e. the deities' level of knowledge/technology is always on par with the time in which it was first worshipped)
- Deities presenting themselves as apparitions never appear before people who have never known of them before.
(The Abrahamic God never appeared before an Aztec..)
- Deities never write their holy books themselves, they leave them to be written by human "witnesses".
- Diversity of deities and the number of deities (per religion) throughout history and prehistory.
- The "dying out" of the worship of some deities.
(i.e. surely a god would be able to maintain their worshippers!)
- Rules set by deities inconsequential to actions of humans in real terms.
(i.e. Theists have killed people without divine upheaval.)
- Holy books written by humans, filled with human concepts and morals.
(i.e. 10 commandments, why would a deity be interested in your property?)
- Despite always representing "good", religion has caused many "bad" events across history. (i.e. Irish stagnation, religious warfare.)
- Laws of Physics
- Homo sapiens not the first species on the planet to practice religion.
(Substantial evidence for Middle Paleolithic species).
- Non-homo genus species do not heed deities.
(As evolution effectively proves we are all made of the same "stuff", why would we pay heed to deities?)
- Evolutionary theory
- Chemical/Atomic theory
- The Big Bang theory