a logical belief in gods
A blogging buddy, who enjoys science and has a penchant for strong alcoholic drinks, recently made the shocking statement that he is logically inclined to believe in the existence of a creator deity. I must declare that I almost choked on my false teeth. What an entirely odd thing to say! It got me to thinking about how logically there is no way to believe in any such deity. And I can prove this through History, Psychology and Science.
A quick glance at the history of humankind reveals a vast array of superstitious beliefs with no common threads. Even the ones that stole their roots from older religions were careful to state that their version of events is the absolute Truth and all else is False. History tells us that people are likely to believe whatever their parents believe, but if anything more appealing comes along they might change their minds. Every culture has evolved its own superstitious practices and beliefs but you’d have to be mad to think that one could be ‘correct’. This brings us neatly to psychology: why on earth do we bother?
Basic developmental psychology will tell you that humans have evolved with an intense curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Children acquire language and understanding of the world around them by constantly exploring and questioning. This pre-programmed desire to understand doesn’t magically end when we turn Adult. Most of us are just bored, or less keen to demonstrate our ignorance by asking WHY every five minutes. Strange weather, birth, death and our very existence were unanswerable questions until recent generations – invisible superstitious entities were the only way to fill those gaps. This brings us neatly to science: what have we learned?
Now that science can tell us why there are rainbows, what stars are, why crops fail and why people get ill, there is less room for the explanations religious systems around deities used to provide. Science can even tell us how the world came into existence. But what about the bits science can’t explain? Think about it this way – if science has up to this point been able to provide explanations for all the aforementioned mysteries that ‘gods’ used to provide, is it more reasonable to assume that what we don’t yet know was done by an invisible deity, or that science isn’t a fait accompli and we may know the answers in the future? Logic would dictate the latter.
What could possibly be logical about belief in a deity? History tells us that people will believe anything; Psychology tells us we are so desperate for answers we will invent them if they’re not forthcoming; and Science tells us there are answers for everything in the visible, physical reality we abide in. So, what’s left? A funny feeling that there must be more to life than this. Is that logical?