Wertbag Posted May 20, 2019 Share Posted May 20, 2019 While philosophy brings up interesting questions and dilemmas, when it comes to the questions of religion I can't imagine the arguments ever being able to convince anyone of either viewpoint. Famously you have the Kalam argument which states "I imagine god, therefore god exists" and the ontological argument which says "we don't know how the universe started, therefore god did it". If you are already convinced then you may hold up such ideas as reasons, but they will not be the cause of your belief. There are big debates and many books written on free will, and yet whether the answer is none, some or all, it doesn't change anything and hence it is hard for the lay-person to care about. Same with morals, the question of whether they are objective or subjective doesn't change how we operate in the real world. We have laws and society has set standards to adhere to with punishment clearly outlined for breaching those. There is value in the debates around human rights and how those laws will be written and enacted, but those same real world effects aren't seen from religious philosophy. I see religious philosophy as a puzzle game to play but for which the outcome doesn't matter. Atheists generally want some convincing real world evidence and philosophy can never provide that. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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