Arguments Against the Belief in God
Philosophers and have spent much time considering God’s existence. These difficult questions endure because Christian philosophers and theologians have never been able to answer them to anyone’s satisfaction -- especially their own. This is intrinsically difficult, since many of these questions boil down to a call for evidence, whereas religious belief is built upon faith, which exists independently (and in spite) of evidence.
Again, do not argue with the clergyman. Our strategy is not one of confrontation; but of malicious cooperation. Victory will be determined by the length and fruitlessness of your conversations. Arguing will reveal yourself as a troublemaker, and you will be denied any further opportunity to consume their time, ending your journey. Besides, you can’t directly de-convert a priest; they’re pot-committed. De-conversion and burnout are processes of erosion. However, discussing these issues in front of others can aid in their de-conversion processes.
Synopses of the most common arguments against the belief in God are provided below. This is not an exhaustive list, but it should be more than sufficient; most seminarians are not required to study apologetics, and those who do often take a single 3-credit course. These challenging problems include:
- The Problem of Evil.
- Omnipotence and Omniscience Arguments.
- The arguments for the belief in God are weak and unconvincing, since they tend to rely on ambiguous terms, false premises, and/or logical fallacies.
- There is no afterlife.
- ...and more specifically, Hell does not exist.
- The Bible is not Credible.
- Creationism is False.
- The problems posed by religious pluralism.
- The clergy are not moral exemplars.