In my interweb travels, I ran across The Muslim Skeptic who takes a shot at explaining why atheists doubt, and why their God doesn’t just show itself and remove all of our pesky doubts as to its existence.
Why did Allah create humans in such a way as to be liable to doubt? This is something that atheists ask in an aggressive way: If God is real, why did He make Himself hidden? If there is a God, why doesn’t He reveal Himself and remove all doubt?
Okay. Fair question. Let’s hear your answer.
And Allah addresses this charge directly in the Quran in multiple places. He says, If we sent down angels, if the dead spoke to them, if all kinds of miracles were shown to them, if literally every single sign was shown to them, they would still disbelieve.
There are a number of reasons why I don’t think this statement flies.
- It implies that your God does not know what will or will not convince me of its existence.
- It implies your God is incapable of proving its existence.
- These implications mean your God has limited power and resources.
Also, I believe in things such as gravity because the evidence supports it. The evidence was surely less spectacular than a miracle or angels or dead people talking to me. Yet I believe gravity exists.
So is your God incapable of providing even the same level of evidence for existence that most people would need to believe in things such as gravity?
I don’t buy it.
Also, are you saying that all atheists wouldn’t believe no matter what Allah did? Not even one would rethink his or her position?
That doesn’t sound reasonable. I’m fairly certain that if this Allah got dead people to talk to them, at least a few would definitely rethink their position.
We have drilled miles into the earth and we have gone miles up into the heavens and using telescopes we can see all these amazing, awe inspiring things in this universe, things that past people had never seen: galaxies, nebulae, pulsars, quasars, superclusters of galaxies. These are all ayat of Allah and they are so grand that they are literally beyond human conceptualization. We literally cannot fathom how large a galaxy is, how old the universe is, how powerful a black hole is and so forth. But we now see all these sublime things with our very own eyes, and none of that serves as evidence for the disbelievers.
We have done these things and found no more evidence for Allah than we have for Jesus or Odin.
Why would the existence of a black hole mean there is a supernatural deity around?
However, a black hole or star or supercluster is evidence for the existence of those things.
Why do believers point at everything around them and just pronounce it evidence of their God?
Even if it were (and it’s not) you’re literally making the same argument I’ve heard time and again from other God believers, such as Christians. Why is your God more credible than theirs?
Memo to The Muslim Skeptic: These things aren’t ‘literally beyond human conceptualization’ either since I can form a picture or idea in my mind of what those things are when you mention them.
Point being that even if disbelievers were suddenly presented with a whole other aspect of existence, no matter how unearthly, no matter how spectacular, they would always have a way to dismiss it or subsume it into their definition of “normal” and “unremarkable.”
That just isn’t true.
Not even the part about thinking of the universe as ‘unremarkable’ is true. I think the universe is incredibly remarkable and I don’t need a God to make that so.
It seems to me that a lot of theists need something to be magical or have magical origins to be remarkable. I find nature remarkable. I find life remarkable. I find history, planets, solar systems and so many other things remarkable.
Hell, I find the fact that I can type these words on my keyboard and someone half a planet away can read them instantly damn remarkable.
These things are far more remarkable than magic. The fact that you don’t need magic to explain takes nothing away from how amazing they are.