Questionable Motives

November 23, 2009

Which argument for belief in god do you ascribe to?

What has happened is that Cass Seltzer has become an intellectual celebrity. He’s become famous for his abstract ideas. And not just any old abstract ideas, but atheist abstract ideas, which makes him, according to some of the latest polls, a spokesperson for the most distrusted minority in America, the one that most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.

This is a fact. Studies have found that a large proportion of Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays, and Communists, as “sharing their vision of American society.” Atheists, the researchers reported, seem to be playing the pariah role once assigned to Catholics, Jews, and Communists, seen as harboring alien and subversive values, or, more likely, as having no inner values at all, and therefore likely to be criminals, rapists and wild-eyed drug addicts.

“As if,” as Cass often finds himself saying into microphones, “the only reason to live morally is out of fear of getting caught and being spanked by the heavenly father.”

But is there a heavenly father? Billions believe so. But are these beliefs justified? Let’s find out.

There are many arguments for believing in god.  Here, 36 of the most popular and long-lasting ones are dismantled and discredited. Scroll down the article to begin reading the most common ones.

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