By Stefan Molyneux
Among the poles of robust atheism and strict theism lies agnosticism, the argument that gods are impossible, yet can't logically be governed out as totally most unlikely. Agnosticism is taken into account a wary, tentative and clinical method of the query of the life of gods - Stefan Molyneux's seminal e-book "Against the Gods?" makes a strong case opposed to agnosticism and for the optimistic popularity of the nonexistence of supernatural beings. "Against the Gods?" presents crucial ammunition to these scuffling with the virus of religion, and clears the psychological fog of the irrational center floor among atheism and theism. Forword by way of Dr. Peter Boghossian
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E. that gods exist, are moral, and must be obeyed. The institutionalization and profitable exploitation of this system has effectively barred philosophers from examining morality from a rational and secular standpoint. com afraid of the government), in which case they tend to avoid attacking fundamental moral problems, for fear of arousing attack. Those who work for churches would view any rational system of secular ethics as a direct threat to their income and position, the same goes for those who work for the state.
Therefore gods cannot exist. What if a god is invented which does not possess selfcontradictory characteristics? Ah, then it is not a god. We can imagine that 21st century man would appear godlike to our Stone Age ancestors – however, the sane among us do not believe that we have become gods due to our advanced technology. In the same way, we may meet among the stars fantastically advanced beings – however they will not be gods, but rather just highly evolved life forms. We may meet telepathic beings who can travel through time and have made themselves immortal, but we will never meet carbon-based lifeforms that can live on the surface of the sun, or Oompa-Loompas who live in a square circle, are composed of both fire and ice, and can go North and South at the same time.
Com In general, religion has gone through four major phases – the first was animism, or the idea that every rock and leaf and tree was imbued with a spiritual force. In this approach, a farmer would profusely apologize to a rock before moving it out of the way of his plow. It is fairly easy to understand that this arose from a fundamental confusion between what is living and what is not, or what has consciousness, and what does not. A man who thinks that a rock deserves an apology lives in an extremely primitive state of mind, wherein the division between his own consciousness and inanimate matter has not yet been established.