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Response to Bradical79 (Reply #27)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:31 PM

30. It seems to be a bizarre attempt to 'prove' what atheists 'believe'

It goes something like this:

"here is a suggestion:
If humans could have made up God, then humans did make up God.
I claim atheists think humans could have made up God.
I claim atheists think humans did make up God.
Therefore I claim that atheists think that 'if humans could have made up God, then humans did make up God.'"

The last step, whatever atheists think, is nonsense. You cannot work back from that kind of conclusion of an argument to prove a premise of it. It is the equivalent of:

"here is a suggestion:
if a positive number is greater than 1, then that positive number is even.
4 is greater than 1.
4 is even.
Therefore if a positive number is greater than 1, then that positive number is even."

I suspect he would then attempt to say that atheists think they have proved that all ideas of gods were made up by humans, but that atheists are mistaken in their logic, therefore - God.

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