I was reading the latest issue of the National Catholic Register and ran across an editorial which said, among other things, that it is the burden of the atheist to prove there is no God, not the burden of the believer to come up with a proof of God’s existence.
I’m not familiar with too many atheistic proofs for God’s non-existence, so I’ve come up with some on my own:
Given: Man has free will.
Let God exist. If God exists, He has knowledge of all things - past, present, and future. In fact, according to Catholic belief, He has predestined some to heaven. However, such predestination precludes free will, which is absurd. Therefore God does not exist.
Given: There is evil in the world.
Let God exist. If God exists, He is supremely good. He is also the “first cause,” omnipresent, and omnipotent. Insofar as His goodness would pervade all things, there would be no evil in the world, which is absurd. Therefore God does not exist.
Given: There is ugliness in the world.
Let God exist. If God exists, He is the highest good, the highest beauty, and the highest truth. As we are made in God’s image, we should all be beautiful, which is absurd. Therefore God does not exist.
Let God exist. If God exists, He is eternal and immutable. However, it is said that each baby is endowed with an immortal soul through the immediate act of God. Such act is an instant inside time (which is the numbering of the before and after), not an eternal action. Accordingly, God cannot exist.
If God exists, He is immutable. However, one cannot give what it does not have (“non dat quod non got”). Since there is motion in the world, if would have to come from something which has motion to give. Since God is immutable, He cannot have given motion. However, the first mover is that which men call God. Since God cannot have been the first mover, God does not exist.