We atheists tend to think some theistic arguments are more ridiculous than others. I hinted at this with my joke-post The Lunacy Scale. Now I’d like to reveal my current reaction to various theistic arguments.
Occasionally give me pause
- Cosmological arguments
No Way, José
- Ontological arguments
- Design arguments
- Epistemological arguments (argument from reason, etc.)
- Conceptualist arguments (argument from abstracta, etc.)
Profoundly, Jaw-Droppingly Awful; Like a Pauly Shore Movie
- Arguments from religious experience
- Axiological arguments (moral argument, etc.)
- Pragmatic arguments (Pascal’s Wager, etc.)
- Argument from the resurrection of Jesus
- Fulfilled prophecy arguments
- Arguments from the reliability of Scripture
Candidate for ‘Dumbest Idea of the Century’
- Reformed Epistemology
So there, that’s my list. Maybe it will change by next year. And other atheists probably think differently. Maybe it’s design arguments that give them pause and ontological arguments that are at the bottom of their lists. What does your scale look like, atheists?
I suspect believers have a similar scale regarding atheistic arguments. If you’re a believer, I’d love to see which atheistic arguments are the most and least troubling to you.
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