When I first started my blog I thought I would attempt a very clear pathway to describing my thoughts about religion and why I don’t believe in God or gods, but that was yet another fanciful idea that I had in my brain that will never materialize. Most of this is likely because I’m not organized enough to lay it all out in a clear and precise fashion, but I think part of it is that it is not defined consistently enough making it too difficult to be discussed. Ignosticism comes to mind here (the idea that there are too many different definitions of God or gods that different people have which makes it too hard to even respond about their existence).
But I’m not going to talk about ignosticism. Instead I’m going to begin to try to explain why I don’t believe in God.
One of my own explanations really lies in a bit of a broader idea. The only conscious beings that I have ever interacted with have had physical brains. I don’t think it’s too unfair to conclude that the probability is high that all conscious beings that exist have physical brains. Current research on the brain indicates a clear connection between the brain and the conscious personality of animals and humans. When the brains die the consciousness disappears.
A few points on this:
– As I’ve said before, all of my conclusions stand along a continuum of relative certainty levels. While this one is not near as strong as my belief that WLC’s holy spirit epistemology is a really bad way to approach truth, it is still a fairly strong conclusion for me not just because of what I’ve said above, but because it is based on other things as well (more on that in future posts).
– This conclusion is based on life experience, observation, and current research on consciousness. However, one reason that it is not rock solid is because current consciousness research has not really gotten far enough to draw strong conclusions.
– I think that my own process of coming about to this conclusion is very similar to how people conclude that they do not believe in goblins, ghouls, fairies, or ghosts (although ghost belief is a bit more popular than the 3 other things, but I believe a significant number of intelligent people do not believe in ghosts). Now I’m not saying that belief in some higher creative power(s) is exactly analogous to these other things, but I still believe there is some similarity in the process by which we all come about these kinds of conclusions about invisible entities.
In my future posts I plan to give a few more reasons why I don’t believe in gods, will try to explain why proofs for gods aren’t very convincing to me, and will end with my personal opinion on the best approach theists should use to convince others of the existence of gods.