Here’s an interesting challenge from the website, “God Is Imaginary.” The main part I’d like you to focus on is the quote from Stephen Roberts. The rest of the challenge is there to provide context, but it’s the quote by Roberts that I’ve seen popping up in various atheists’ remarks.
If you believe in God, you have chosen to reject Allah, Vishnu, Budda, Waheguru and all of the thousands of other gods that other people worship today…. In the same way, the followers of all these other religions have chosen to reject God. You think their gods are imaginary, and they think your God is imaginary.
In other words, each religious person on earth today arbitrarily rejects thousands of gods as imaginary, many of which he/she has never even heard of, and arbitrarily chooses to “believe” in one of them.
The following quote from Stephen F. Roberts sums up the situation very nicely:
“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
A rational person rejects all human gods equally, because all of them are equally imaginary.
Are you really not that different from an atheist? Is the difference between his beliefs and yours merely “one fewer god”? Is his rejection of God the same as your rejection of all the other gods? Tell us what you think of this one. How would you respond? Brett will give us his thoughts on Thursday.