As a part of our ever-expanding “Objections to Christianity” series, I would like to address another objection I often come across. Following is the general form the argument tends to take:
If God exists, and if there is compelling evidence that He exists, then why are there so many atheists? Furthermore, why are there so many different religions, each with its unique take on who God is? Why are there so many sects even within the same religion, each with their own idea? If this evidence were so compelling, then it seems that the majority of people would be on the same page.
Now, in this writer’s humble opinion, this is one of those objections that I refer to as a “talking point” rather than an actual argument. (As I mentioned in a recent post, Hitchens was a master at this style of rhetoric.) The reason for this, I believe, is that the concept, when put into the form of an argument, requires one to face point-blank some assumptions bound up in it that (from the point of view of the proponent) are probably best left unexposed. If I were to formulate this idea as a formal argument, it would look something like this: (more…)