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Published on Jun 4, 2013
In a recent debate on "The Status of God in the 21st Century", Justin Schieber from the Center for Inquiry offers a few unique arguments against theism, including an interesting cosmological argument for atheism.
Essentially, the argument points out that a perfect being who deliberately creates something other than a copy of himself is degrading the state of affairs, and bringing about evils that did not exist before and did not need to exist. Whatever the amount of evil in existence today, it is necessarily higher than the 0.00% that existed pre-creation in "God-world". A perfect being is complete (lacking nothing that could improve it). Yet it is said from the state of existing alone, God deliberately acted to create the universe. So through his actions, god increased the amount of evil and suffering in existence from none (pre-creation) to whatever it is now. And intentionally bringing about unnecessary evil is in direct conflict with the attribute of perfect goodness.
This event was sponsored by EtceteraTC. Etcetera is street level philosophy group, motivated by Socrates' maxim: "The unexamined life is not worth living." Their goal is to create a forum of honest inquiry, informed discourse, and reasonable presentations of even the most volatile of issues. http://etceteratc.org/