This is the sixteenth in a series of posts responding to a list of 20 arguments for the existence of god from this article. To be fair, the article does state that these arguments don’t make a case except when taken all together, using the metaphor of a rope, but I am analyzing them individually so I have responses when I encounter the argument later in other sources.
- Every natural, innate desire in us corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire.
- But there exists in us a desire which nothing in time, nothing on earth, no creature can satisfy.
- Therefore there must exist something more than time, earth and creatures, which can satisfy this desire.
- This something is what people call “God” and “life with God forever.”
The explanation goes on about how humans are never happy without god. This argument might be more convincing if I knew thoroughly happy Christians. But I don’t. Misery, regardless of belief in god, appears part of the human condition.
I was having some difficulty articulating problems with this argument, probably largely because I recognize within myself an occasional desire for something more. I normally would pull my boyfriend in for ideas, but this time I decided to google and see what others have said. I almost immediately found an article that I think excellently refutes the argument.
Therefore, rather than read anything I could babble, please check out this link.
Outsourcing is pretty lazy, but he did a better job than I think I can snipping this thread.