Since my Atheism Dilemma series of posts have been so popular, I have decided to continue writing more posts. These posts exist to show the incoherence of atheism as a belief system. In this post, I will focus on the Atheism Dilemma of Appeal to Assertion.
An Appeal to Assertion is a fallacy that entails a premise to be true just because it was stated and repeated. Atheists are guilty of this fallacy. They assert many things regarding God, Faith and Religion. Here are a few and my response to them.
Assertion: God is Imaginary
Many atheists claim that God is imaginary or exists solely in the imagination of the human person. At first, the assertion seems coherent; God is invisible, no one can hear Him, see Him etc. Kids have imaginary friends and these friends seem to have this characteristic of invisibility. However, there is a problem with this assertion: proof.
In order for this assertion that God is imaginary to be taken seriously, the one making the claim must provide evidence of this. For God to be imaginary, God must be shown to exist in the synapses within the Thalamus and Neocortex. To date, no such evidence of this exists. Moreover, imaginative beings cannot affect the material world. God as an imaginative being cannot heal, answer prayers or manifest Himself in the external world outside of the human brain as an agent that can manipulate matter.
Assertion: God is a myth
Atheists assert that God is part of mythology. While gods such as Zeus, Thor and the like are considered mythology, atheists include the God worshiped by monotheistic religions are part of mythology. Jehovah, Yahweh, Allah, Jesus are all considered mythological beings. The problem with this assertion is that there is no proof.
In order for something to be considered mythology, it must have a human origin. Mythology is a collection of stories or apothegm that originate from an author or authors. We know that mythological gods have an origin in specific authors and can classify them as such. In order for God to be classified a myth, an author or authors must be present. In other words, for God to be a myth, He must have His origin in human authorship. No atheists have provided evidence that God was authored by a particular human author.
Assertion: Which God? There are many Gods to choose from, they all cannot be right.
When theists mention God for a particular reason, atheists often respond: which God? They do this in an attempt to equate God with other folk versions of gods. This is done to present God as a deity competing with other deities. The problem with this assertion is that there is a clear lack of comprehension between folk religion and revealed religion.
While there are over 3,000 different designations and descriptions of gods in human society, this does not mean that God is automatically disqualified. Man has always had belief in a supreme being or creator. This is a common trait found in every culture throughout the globe. We are even wired to have belief in God via the VMAT2 gene. Throughout human history, man has attempted to define and classify this ultimate reality of a supreme being. Man has used language with its limits in order to describe God. Some defined God via their understanding of nature or natural phenomenon. Others defined God via what is experienced in human life such as emotions, sex, pleasure, and so on. These gods are all manifestations of the limited ability of man to describe the ultimate reality of God. There is only one God and man in his limited capacity has tried to define him based on the limits of human experience and language. The 3,000 + gods we know are how man has attempted to describe the one reality called God.