By George H. Smith
With this exciting advent, George H Smith units out to demolish what he considers the main common and damaging of all of the myths devised through guy - the concept that of a ideally suited being. With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, Mr. Smith examines, dissects, and refutes the myriad "proofs" provided through theists - the defenses of subtle, expert theologians, in addition to the typical spiritual layman. He explores the old and mental havoc wrought by way of faith more often than not - and concludes that non secular trust can't have anywhere within the lifetime of sleek, rational guy.
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And if this is the case, we may conclude that God does not exist. Equipped with these basic, interrelated questions, we shall now turn to the specific characteristics of the Christian God. 4. - God, Being and Existence The first group of attributes that we shall consider are of particular importance, because they refer to God’s nature as a metaphysical being. These are characteristics of God’s nature as an (allegedly) existing being, in contrast to his powers and personality quirks. If we are to salvage the Christian God, it is crucial that these characteristics withstand critical evaluation.
61 The Christian is faced with an either-or situation. Either we can use human language to speak meaningfully of God (in which case God cannot differ in kind from finite existence), or human language cannot be applied to God at all (in which case the word “God” becomes meaningless). By stipulating that God is supernatural and unknowable, the Christian effectively removes God from the domain of language and communication—thereby removing himself from the context of rational consideration. This objection has a distinguished past.
If so, God must be a material entity who will eventually die. When God is said to be wise or to possess knowledge, is this the conceptual knowledge with which man is familiar? If so, God is capable of error and can acquire his knowledge only through mental effort. When God is said to have a certain power or capacity, is this power similar to the concept as we understand it? If so, God must be limited. When God is said to be loving, is this a love with which we are familiar? If so, God must have emotions with which to feel passion.