Saturday, March 13, 2010

Argument Against God: Argument from uncaused time-irrelevent prayers and their unanswerability.

Prayer is a plea for God's direct intervention in the world.

God exists outside of time. 

If God answers prayers and exists outside of time, then one ought to be able to state a prayer in the future and have it change the past because, to God, our human perception of time is unnecessary or illusional.

However, this would cause something akin to the predestination paradox: The causal events that lead one to ask for the prayer would no longer occur, therefore one would no longer ask for the prayer, therefore God would no longer answer the prayer.

However, this limits God's ability to intervene in the world in a meaningful way.

If God cannot effect the world in a meaningful way, then he is not God.

God cannot effect the world in a meaningful way.

Conclusion: There is no God.


Anonymous said...

how do you conclude that god exists outside of time?

D said...

Because otherwise it would make sense to talk about "before God". Time is a dimension fundamentally similar to space, and so for a god to have created all the Universe, "all the Universe" would have to include space-time, which means that such a being must perforce exist "outside" of time. (Which, says I, means "outside reality" and therefore not real in the first place, but you try explaining that to a theist.)