This week, I want to bring up an article from Ben Love on Ex-Christian.net:
Basically, his argument for Atheism centers around the concept of Free Will:
The aspect I’m referring to is the problem of Free Will. What is free will? Free will is a doctrine that accompanies most monotheistic expressions of the divine. That is to say, most religions that subscribe to a single God (and even a few that are polytheistic) typically believe that this God, while still being absolutely sovereign, has surrendered a bit of control to his creations. In other words, free will states that we the creations are permitted by the Creator to exercise a measure of autonomy in our personal lives.
On the surface, this perhaps sounds pretty good and may not necessarily pose any logical problems to the casual observer, but the problems begin to mount exponentially when we note that existing within the parameters of this free will is the implication that one of the creations could, by use of this autonomy, choose to reject the Creator. This poses a serious problem because not only does it put this particular created being at odds with his Creator (not a pleasant situation if indeed this Creator is real), it also raises a logical contradiction that absolutely refutes the entire theology. And it is this contradiction that, more than anything else, led me to conclude cerebrally that Christianity is nothing more than exercise in the absurd.
I call this contradiction the Problem of God’s Complicity. I’ve raised this issue with at least a dozen Christian thinkers and not one of them has been able to give me a suitable response. In fact, I observed that their collective attitude toward this problem was one of complete disinterest. I suppose it is easy to be indifferent to that which could imply your own downfall. At any rate, the Problem of God’s Complicity can be stated as follows:
If X=Y, and Y=Z, then X=Z, making Y superfluous
Stan did an entry on this guy:
Here is an excerpt:
Presumably Ben doesn’t really think that God=Human is a substitute for X=Y. Because it is obvious that:Check out the comments section on both entries. Lots of good discussion. It seems to me that (after reading through the comments on Stan’s blog) atheists want to see God as a thing in creation and hold him up to scientific analysis.
So it must be a sub-characteristic of God which is equal to human. Since this is about free will and culpability, then it might be one of those. Let’s try Free Will first:
Free Will of God=Free Will of Humans
Well, that doesn’t work, because God’s free will is much different and more powerful than the free will of humans which is miniscule in comparison. Even if the categories overlap, God is not asserting the same free will decisions which a human is asserting. So, if they are not equal, the identity equation doesn’t apply.
It reminds me of a guy that I told Joe about a few years ago named Gerald Woerlee (an anesthesiologist from The Netherlands, and a hard core skeptic and materialist).
On his site (it’s gone now), he had an entry about Jesus and Mohammed. In the Jesus section, he said something about how God and Mary should be stoned to death (showing a verse in Deuteronomy) because they had Jesus out of wedlock.