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Agnosticism is an unreasonable viewpoint.

Posted by Michael Dickens on June 13, 2009

Agnosticism is the viewpoint that it is impossible to know whether God exists. This is unreasonable, since it is possible to conclusively prove that God does not exist. I don’t know if it’s possible to conclusively prove that God exists. The point is that agnosticism is not a reasonable viewpoint, since the truth of God’s existence is not unknowable.

Deism is a more reasonable standpoint. Deism is essentially a belief in some higher power, though not necessarily a conscious God. There is no evidence to support this viewpoint, but there is no evidence against it, either. It still goes against Occam’s Razor, though, since we have no real need to believe in a higher power, making this higher power an unnecessary entity.

I can conclusively prove that God does not exist. I am defining God as an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent being.

Proof 1: Omnipotence is impossible.

It is possible for two actions to contradict each other. For example, can God create a rock so large that He Himself cannot lift it? The answer is either yes or no, and either way, God is unable to perform some action, and is therefore not omnipotent.

Proof 2: Omnipotence conflicts with omniscience.

If God is omniscient, He knows what He is going to do before He does it. But if He is omnipotent, He can do something that He did not predict. If He didn’t predict it, He is not omniscient. But if He cannot do things that He did not predict, He is not omnipotent.

Interestingly, since God can predict what He is going to do before He does it, He does not have free will.

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One Response to “Agnosticism is an unreasonable viewpoint.”

  1. Matt said

    Strong agnosticism is the belief that it is impossible to know what religions claim to know and weak agnosticism is the belief that the weak agnostic does not know what religions claim to know.

    While I don’t believe in strong agnosticism, I would like to be very specific that it does not necessarily involve any beliefs having to do with any gods.

    As for the proof that god does not exist, all you did was prove that a single entity cannot be omnipotent. Most of the old gods weren’t omnipotent anyways.

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