No, it’s not First Cause. No, it’s not the ontological argument. No, it’s not even Pascal’s Fucking Wager.
It’s the argument from tigers.
This was on Facebook, back when I was doing the Atheist Meme of the Day. I don’t even remember anymore which Meme I had posted. But someone made the argument — and I have to paraphrase here, since the exact quote is now lost in the mists of Facebook:
Atheists say that human beings are the most powerful beings in the universe. But this is clearly not the case. Tigers, for instance, are more powerful than human beings, and can eat them. Therefore, it’s reasonable to think that there’s something more powerful than humans, more powerful than anything we know — more powerful even than tigers. And it’s reasonable to call that being God.
(That, by the way, is my emoticon for “facepalm.” In case you haven’t seen it before, or have seen it and wondered what the hell it was. I stole it from a friend, and am passing it along.)
I’ll give it to this person: At least it was original. 99.9% of the arguments I’ve seen for religion are the same ones, retreaded again and again. It had been a while since I’d seen an argument for religion that I’d never seen before. And there is so much wrong packed into one little argument, one doesn’t even know where to start.
In fact, I’m not going to do it. Taking this one apart will be left as an exercise for the reader. Maybe you’ll see something wrong with it that I haven’t seen. Perhaps in a hundred years, when the history of how religion finally disappeared is written, the Argument from Tigers will be seen as its last desperate gasp.
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