Atheism Essay Research Paper The agnostic argues

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Atheism Essay, Research Paper The agnostic argues that, unless you are omniscient, you cannot say for sure that there are no gods. However, the Atheist believes there are no gods, and most atheists are quite certain. How can the Atheist say there are no gods, without claiming infinite knowledge? The answer lies in the method of analysis. There is no scientific test that can disprove a god. A legal truth test, rather than a scientific truth test, is more appropriate for religious claims. If you want to determine the various differences between fresh water and sea water, the scientific method works just fine. You can “prove” that water boils at a different temperature, and so forth. But religion is a credibility issue, not a scientific issue (this is why many who would be

atheists instead call themselves agnostic, they want “scientific” proof, as opposed to looking at it as a credibility problem). There is simply no fact about life, nature, the universe, morality, or anything else, that would lead someone to believe in a deity (not without first having been brainwashed). So, religion isn’t a “scientific” issue. You wouldn’t look at a mountain, and conclude a deity plopped it there, without being pre-conditioned as a child to believe a god made everything. I reject the arguments of Christians who attempt to use science as a basis of religion. Christian interpretations of Thermodynamics, creationism, all are just bad science. Science neither proves, nor disproves, a god. There are some biblical issues which would appear to be scientific

in nature. You could say that the issue of Creation vs. Evolution is basically a science question. Perhaps. You might say that the biblical references to a flood, and to a sun standing still for a day, present scientific issues. These are, in reality, credibility issues. The real issue is, does the writer of Genesis (whoever those anonymous collectors of Hebrew folktales were) have it on good authority that God made the earth in seven days? Or, is he just repeating a common fable of the day? This presents issues of credibility rather than science. Do the gospels tell a true story? Did God really give Moses stone tablets with ten commandments carved on them? If so, then there’s a god. Did God one day actually say, “Let there be Light?” Courtrooms exist for one purpose only:

To determine whose story is the truth. If truth were not an issue in the courtroom, you could do a trial by mail. Standard courtroom truth tests developed for the sole purpose of analyzing credibility. Once biblical claims are subjected to the standard courtroom legal tests (hearsay, personal observation, contradiction, corroborating evidence, circumstantial evidence, common knowledge, and plain old common sense) and the claims of religion fall flat; there is no room left for agnosticism. 1. Personal Observations. In a courtroom, a witness is expected to testify as to his own personal observations. All religious documents such as the bible totally anonymous accounts by people who never claim to have seen what they say happened. (The book of Mormon is an interesting exception).

Nowhere in his gospel does Matthew say, “I was there, I saw this. This is how I felt. Jesus healed me, personally.” Nowhere does Matthew say, “I was the apostle Matthew the Tax Collector.” You must assume this important fact, and the idea that Matthew saw the events of which he writes flies in the face of how his gospel was written. What this means, is that if the bible were offered as evidence in a court of law, it would be rejected as an anonymous document, written by authors who do not even pretend to have seen that which they describe. It doesn’t matter whether we do or don’t know who precisely Luke was, or who Matthew was, or who John was; the important point is that, whoever they were, they didn’t witness the events they describe. If they did, they would have