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Atheism: Proof by Contradiction?

by | Sep 26, 2021

Atheism is deemed to be liberating, scientific, and open-minded; it couldn’t be anything further than all that.

Liberating! From what? Religion; atheism became a way of life on its own. From the “clutches” of God; what worse feeling to know that your death is your total end. That there is no purpose in life since everything is based on sheer happenstance, nothing is determined or predetermined.

Scientific! How? By ignoring the discovery of the genetic code and what it implies? By saying we have practically proven that there is no God? How can you practically prove something, you prove it or you don’t. In the matter of logic, you cannot prove that something does not exist. That is why in mathematics, proof by contradiction is used to validate theoretical theorems. It’s great for math, but you can’t always translate it to day-to-day life.

That’s why innocent until proven guilty exists in the justice system (for most countries anyway). You can prove that you were somewhere, but you can’t prove that you were not somewhere. All you can extrapolate from this is that you cannot be at two places at the same time; that kind of becomes your proof by contradiction. Let’s say you can’t prove your whereabouts, there are no witnesses, no video footage, nothing; you might be in real trouble because not many people will believe you and they will have their doubts, even if you may be completely innocent. The fact that you cannot prove without any doubt that God exists does not by defacto make him inexistent.

If someone really has a scientific nature, one must follow the scientific method. Start by asking yourself what it is that you want to find out; define your questions. Then research information on the matter (knowledge) from all spheres (not only scientific textbooks); get educated on the matter. Pose a hypothesis, two to be exact (there is a god because so-and-so…; there is no god because so-and-so…). Make an objective analysis on the matter, without prejudice from either side; check out the pros and cons. Finally, form a conclusion. Once the conclusion is attained, one should always requestion his findings; re-evaluate if something else comes up. Science is about knowledge, not championing a point of view such as atheism. At worst, someone who is unsure about the divine can say he is agnostic.

As for atheism being open-minded! It’s limitative! Restraining one’s mind to the realm of tangibility is negating the fact that there are intangibles present like the soul.

Now, as it goes for being Agnostic, it is defined as:

A person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God.

Definition in the online OED

Having no clue is not a reason for not looking into this matter. I mean, if you said that science was based on this logic; you would get kicked out of class with a shoe in your rear end. Yet, a lot of scientists share this view. If ignorance was the motto of mankind, we would still be tilling the land with pickaxes, living in huts, and chewing on leather to make rope. We credit technological progress to observation, research, and vision. So why not apply that same mindset to faith.

Some agnostics are of the view that humanity does not currently possess the requisite knowledge or reason to provide sufficient rational grounds to justify the belief that deities either do or do not exist. Humanity will never possess sufficient knowledge to justify that a deity does or does not exist, that’s why it is called belief… faith. And like we have said before, you cannot prove something does not exist. Therefore, agnosticism is a conundrum, a kind of catch 22, a vicious circle.

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

Probability, you won’t Get the Best of Me! – Scientific Proofs in the Quran

If anyone is a betting man, he knows that most of the time he will lose; it is a question of numbers. Winning every time is improbable and practically impossible. When flipping a coin, you have one chance out of two of getting it right. 50%, not bad; but repeat it four times straight; not too confident, are you?

Let’s transpose that example to the prophet Muhammad; he got every single verifiable (with our limited knowledge to date) phenomenon right. Not only he got them right, but most of them are also explained; not just enunciated or left for interpretation. Let’s say there are about 20 scientific/natural phenomenon (Actually, more have been mentioned and others left out since a multitude of authors have done a better job than me explaining them. Plus, 20 seems like a pretty round number, and we don’t want to sound boastful either) that were elucidated 1400 years ago, by an illiterate Arab that had no aspirations to science whatsoever… When you do the math: ½ at the power 20 is ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½ x ½. That gives you the possibility of 1/1 048 576 of getting it right. That is less than one in a million probability; becoming less and less a betting man…Keep in mind, considering that the questioning is in a yes or no format; true or false to a given question (without formulating the solution and adding all the explanation that comes with it in the Quran and Hadith).

The thing is, it is not because the prophet Muhammad was an expert in astronomy, geology, chemistry, nuclear physics, biology, botany, entomology, oceanology, or even historical science that he got it right all the time. It is because the only thing he got right out of all of this is that he wholeheartedly believed in Allah. All these, verses, signs, scientific phenomenon were not explained or tackled by the prophet Muhammad; they were brought forth by Allah, the All-Knowing.

And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.

Surah Al-Anam (6 – 59)

Faith

the process of belief