Why I Am Not An Atheist
Terms and Definitions
- A God is a Thing which exercises Powers which are beyond Human Analysis, practically, theoretically, or rationally, with respect to the Limits of those Powers in Terms of Origin, Manifestation, Aspect, Occasion, Quantity, Quality or Perceptibility, and with no Likelihood or Chance of Human Analysis.
- An Atheist, in simple Form, is One who does not believe in Gods, in any Kind, Quantity, or Equivalent.
- An Atheist, in active Form, is One who explicitly rejects the Belief that there are Gods, in any Kind, Quantity or Equivalent.
- Let Us assume that Humans are Moral Animals, which I am personally inclined to believe. If this is a Failing on My Part, so be It.
- This Morality has a Nature that is either relative or absolute. If the Nature is relative, It can only be seen to exist if measured by a Yardstick. If It is Absolute, then It has no Exceptions and hence partakes of the Quality of Natural Law.
- If the Nature of Morality is relative, the Yardstick (or at least the System of Measurement) must be Absolute if the Analysis of Morality is to have Meaning. Without Yardstick, or Benchmark, or Touchstone, the Idea of Morality is defunct as We cannot then say, "This is a Good Thing," or, "This is a Bad Thing."
- If the Nature of Morality is an Absolute, then We need no Yardstick, or Benchmark, or Touchstone, but merely Observation and Hypothesis Testing as is the Way of Natural Law. We need but create a Scale of Units such as proposed in the Philosophy of Utilitarianism.
- From Evidence of the Empirical Kind, that is, from History and hence the Observations of Humanity, We can see that the Nature of Morality is not yet to be claimed an Absolute, for It has heretofore not been resolved by any Human Agency into a System adherent to a Scale of Units.
- Hence Morality is likely relative and requires a Yardstick.
- The Yardstick cannot be Human, for this is an Empirical Finding that Humans disagree on Morality.
- The Yardstick cannot be a Natural Law or Anything that proceeds from Natural Law, as this is Our Observation as well.
- Hence the Yardstick must be beyond Human Analysis.
- Hence It is a God (at least one). (Alternatively, Humans are not Moral Animals.)
- In Fact, the Only Plausible Alternative to the Existence of Godhood is to apply This Reasoning to all such Qualities. Then the Universe must be purely quantitative and subject to Rational Laws alone.
- If the Universe is so, then It is a Deterministic Universe.
- Hence all Human Actions have no Attached Moral Responsibility or Choice or any Such.
- Hence it is a Meaningless Thing for Me to have done This Post. (Or for You to be reading It.)
- This Post has Meaning, or It has not. (Unless Meaning has no Meaning.)
- If It has Meaning, then at least one God exists.
- If It has no Meaning, then We do not know from It whether God exists or not.
- But We do know that if It has no Meaning, and You have been reading It, then You have either been conned, or there is no God and the Act of Reading does not matter.
- Regardless then, it leads Us to conclude that reading Richard Dawkins (or any Explicitly Atheist Statement of Unbelief in Gods) is meaningless.
I rest my Case. And drink my Coffee.