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Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?

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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCS21bI1arg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUUKpV1m_1VZc4JjbxhGwl0A Error - I forgot to add the narrative as I did with the previous one. Apologies. Anyway: Carrier, Richard (2011-02-28). Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith (pp. 67-68). Philosophy Press. Kindle Edition. When we look at how the universe is actually built, we do find that it appears perfectly designed after all—but not for producing life. Lee Smolin has argued from the available scientific facts that our universe is probably the most perfect universe that could ever be arranged for producing black holes. He also explains how all the elements that would be required to finely tune a perfect black-hole-maker also make chemical life like ours an extremely rare but inevitable byproduct of such a universe. This means that if the universe was designed, it was not designed to make and sustain us, but to make and sustain black holes, and therefore even if there is a God he cannot be the Christian God. Therefore, even on a successful fine-tuning argument C Smolin explains how a universe perfectly designed to produce black holes would look exactly like our universe. It would be extremely old, extremely large, and almost entirely comprised of radiation-filled vacuum, in which almost all the matter available would be devoted to producing black holes or providing the material that feeds them. We know there must be, in fact, billions more black holes than life-producing planets. If you found a pair of scissors and didn’t know what they were designed for, you could hypothesize they were designed as a screwdriver, because scissors can, after all, drive screws.(describe my own use of them) In fact, there is no way to design a pair of scissors that would prevent them being used as a screwdriver. But as soon as someone showed you that these scissors were far better designed to cut paper, and in fact are not the best design for driving screws, would you stubbornly hang on to your theory that they were designed to drive screws? No. You would realize it was obvious they were designed to cut paper, and their ability to drive screws is just an inevitable byproduct of their actual design. This is exactly what we are facing when we look at the universe: it is not very well designed for life, though life is an inevitable byproduct of what the universe was more obviously designed for: black holes. So if the universe was intelligently designed, it clearly was not designed for us. But that is not the only explanation. Now, Smolin’s theory has yet to be proven. It is at present just a hypothesis—but so is Christianity. Just like Christianity, there are elements to Smolin’s theory that are conjectural and not independently proven to exist. However, the most important element—the fact that unintelligent natural selection can produce incredibly precise fine tuning over time—has been proven, whereas any sort of divine activity has not. We have never observed a single proven case of a god causing anything, much less any fine-tuning of the properties of our universe. But we have found overwhelming evidence for a process that produces very amazing fine-tuning without any intelligence behind it, and that is evolution by natural selection. This is a known precedent—unlike bodiless minds or divine causation. And a theory based on known precedents is always less ad hoc than a theory based on completely novel and unobserved mechanisms. The universe exhibits no values in its own operation or design. It operates exactly the same for everyone, the good and bad alike. It rewards and craps on both with total disregard. It behaves just like a cold and indifferent machine, not the creation of a loving engineer. Christianity does not predict this. Atheism does. Christianity is therefore refuted.
  2. I think the picture says it all. I know this person (father) and it just angers me to no end when folks share stories of "miraculous" recoveries and leave out all the background detail. In this case it would the medical community, and all the hard work he put into his health to get where he is now. This type of testimony gives a false sense of hope to those who read it. At the very least he could say the fruits of his labors were rewarded with a stellar recovery. By only discussing what God has shown him in a "vision", he is leaving out some very important details. How overwhelming would it be to fill your head with half truth stories of divine healing to only go through the intense surgeries and find out there is a long and painful healing process entailed? I hate false prophets, false worship, and blatantly misleading testimony. And yes, he still has diabetes. Why wouldn't God have given him a full recovery you think?
  3. Science? We don't need no stinkin' science... LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdtD6QRWxQU&feature=youtube_gdata
  4. Bear with me as I try to word this in a way that could surely be twisted by some and genuinely understood (possibly answered) by others. So, a little background first. I look at the debate over how a god supposedly created the Universe. My definition of god is a being/force unknown to us that INTELLIGENTLY influences/influenced our Universe. Period. Not listening to prayers. Not working miracles on a whim. With that said, I don't believe such a being exists or ever has. I truly believe that our Universe is a result of an UNINTELLIGENT event. Say, spontaneous energy. YES, I am aware of Plank's law. BUT, with that said, there are a lot of unknowns in that formula. We are relying on our own definitions of "nothing" to be accurate. I keep hearing the whole "something cannot come from nothing". I think ultimately, that is the limitation of the human mind - it is programmed to think of everything having a start and end and it cannot fathom something just being - BUT - low and behold they will believe in a being (god) to have those same characteristics..... If the Law of the Universe is that something cannot come from nothing, but it can only if it is borrowing that something and transforming it from what APPEARS to be nothing. I don't know if I worded that exactly right. The Big Bang idea is highly plausible on many levels because there are so many unknowns out there. For all we know, there was "borrowing of something" from what APPEARS to be nothing, but could very well have been actually SOMETHING that we thought was..well, NOTHING. For me, ultimately, I think the insistance of injecting the idea of God as the something in the nothing is a way to save ego. I think man has a hard time swallowing a rough pill filled with the reality that we are very much a by product that originated from an UNINTELLIGENT event/energy. It seems to be a mind blowing concept that something INTELLIGENT like ourselves could by a byproduct. Yeah, a pile of bacteria infested excrement. God = Hurt Ego in science. That's my thought. I want to expand on the whole energy side of things further, but I don't have the terminology or complete concept down yet, but I do know from the various quantum physics studies I've read that our being spontaneously created is very possible (meaning our universe, and we are product of said universe).
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