The Universe has a finite mass, this is a physical fact. Evaluating exactly what that mass is is still an unanswered question.
Faith is by definition irrational, as Kierkegaard wrote it requires a leap in judgement. God is not obvious; he is, after all, supernatural – cannot be seen, cannot be touched, cannot even truly be known to mortal minds. And mortal minds are all we’ve got, barring the postulated existence of an afterlife – by which time it won’t even matter.
I don’t agree with this reasoning. If you were to examine all the evidence there is for the existence of God, then it is a reasonable conclusion that God exists. If you hear hoofs behind you, then is it irrational to think that there is a horse walking behind you? It could be a zebra, but it is most likely a horse.
So what evidence is there? Well, the argument we seem to be focusing on in this thread is the Cosmological Argument. Why does the Universe exist? Why is there just nothing? It seems to me that if there were no God, then there should be just nothing - no existence. But there is a lot of other evidence as well.
Neither belief nor its absence is a mental disorder. What you do with them might be.
Very well said!
Can you stop calling non-theists stupid? They have not made an irrational leap of faith, which is perfectly within their rights, and are struggling for understanding in their own way. An average atheist is just as intelligent as an average Catholic.
Also, insults won’t win you any converts.
Again, well said - but I would disagree with the word “irrational”.
[quote=Oneiron]What made god?
Nothing. The First-Cause or Cosmological Argument holds that what we call “God” is the “first-cause-without-a-cause”. If every effect has a cause, then there must be some first cause that did not have a cause. Theists call this thing “God”. Atheists must hold that there is some infinite progression of causes, since there can be no first-cause-without-a-cause. However, for me, this just moves the question back a step.
If god made everything, why is there evil?
Because of free will. Imagine for a second that there is a God, and that all of Creation exists for the sole purpose of creating humans - humans are the crown of this God’s creation. Now, imagine if you will, that because humans are the crown of creation, that God loves us more than we can possibly imagine, and His desire for us is that we love Him as much. You are now in the Christian world-view. Now throw in free will. True love does not force anything, and so God refuses to force us to love Him. Therefore we are completely free to not love Him. The result? Evil.
As for the rest of your post, Oneiron, I’m thinking you view Christianity as “borrowing” things (you might call them “myths”) from other religions. Is that what you’re saying? Well, this really isn’t a problem. In the Catholic understanding of other religions, we see each of these religions as containing parts of the Truth (and “Truth” is objective). Every single human that has ever existed has been moved in part by the grace of God, such that they’ve even stumbled across one or more of these objective Truths. Therefore, Catholics have every expectation that other religions contain parts of the Truth! It is not that Catholics “borrowed” or “stole” things from other religions - what happens is that all religions have the same source: God! The only difference with the Catholic Church is that the Church contains the fullness of the Truth, instead of parts here and there.