Super19, on 16 July 2011 - 04:58 PM, said:
Now I have already seen examples that to disprove God is like to disprove Unicorns, or Santa Claus or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. This is nothing but being lazy or choosing to be ignorant. You know as well as I know that to compare God to Santa Claus is nothing short of a lazy and an ignorant argument.
I think you misunderstand the purpose of the comparison. God is not disproven by making such statements, however, there is a reason people do it.
Say that somebody came up to me today and said "You have cancer". Someone who isn't a doctor. I have no reason to believe that I have cancer. I feel completely fine, and i have had no tests done. Should I believe that I have cancer? Say that this same person who said this to me goes and tells everybody that I have cancer. Suddenly I'm getting mailed get well cards and I have people showing up at my door to see how I am. It is suddenly popular belief that I have cancer. Does that make it any more true? Do I have any reason to go to the doctor to get myself checked out? There is no reason that I should.
This is the idea behind the spaghetti monster. If it is popular belief that I have cancer, does it make it true? No. If the entire world believed there was a flying spaghetti monster in the sky, does it make it true? No. It's an argument against the idea that popular belief makes something true.
However, I will chime in with my personal views on this.
There is this weird misconception that God need not be proven, only disproven. This is likely impossible (at least within our lifetime). However, we see things explained by science all around us. While it has not explained everything yet, the rapid advancement of technology and rational thought have exponentially increased our ability to comprehend our world. Things that once seemed impossible to understand have become comprehensible with science, while the same school of thought that maintains religious belief has made no strides. Science has disproven many things that religious texts have claimed as fact, while not once (at least to my knowledge, please correct me if I'm wrong) has religion disproven something scientific.
If you have no reason to believe something, other than that a bunch of other people believe it, then why would you accept it as fact?
That's why I don't believe in God.
edit: duodenum summed it up in a couple sentences
Edited by Mr. Naslund, 16 July 2011 - 07:58 PM.