Random Questions for Theists
Today I just want to share a few random questions and observations for theists. These are not new questions; they have all been posed elsewhere by many others. But they are questions that should trouble believers, and they are questions we never get any good answers for. I am really not trying to be flippant or “disrespectful” of religion. I am genuinely interested in thoughtful, logical responses.
- When you are asked “Where did God come from?” answering that “God has always existed” or ” God exists outside the space-time continuum” is an evasion. These are not legitimate responses to the question.
- Isn’t it just a tad bit self-centered to believe that God is personally choreographing the “blessings” of your day when hundreds of millions of your fellow human beings are living on the brink of starvation?
- If God is necessary as the source of human morality, why do so many non-religious cultures have significantly lower crime rates than more religious cultures? Japan and Sweden, for example, appear to be doing just fine without God. (And please don’t point out that Japan and Sweden are more ethnically homogeneous, because the major racial groups in the U.S. are all predominately Christian.)
- Defenders of faith often like to point out that Stalin, Hitler, and Mao were atheists–ergo atheism leads to genocide. But one of the more recent instances of genocide–Rwanda–was the result of Christian on Christian violence. And in Bosnia it was a clash between Christians and Muslims.
- What logical, empirical evidence exists to support any human being’s claim to divine revelation? What is the basis for believing that anybody–from the Pope to the Dalai Lama– is privy to special knowledge about the workings of the universe?
Anyone have any thoughts to share?