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The God Delusion: Fact or Fiction?

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The God Delusion: Fact or Fiction?

Why do so many theists fail to articulate clearly their belief in a Creator?

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“Tell me why I should believe in Christ,” said the Radio show presenter. “You just have to believe,” shouted the caller.

It was a difficult call show to listen to – but also a very eye-opening one. Is the “blind faith” approach to life really the only thing theists have to offer? Are we lacking real evidence-based or rational arguments that explain our position? Is God really, in fact, a God Delusion”?

These were the questions I was left asking myself. Without a doubt, the answer to these questions in my mind is “no”. But then, why do so many theists fail to articulate clearly their belief in a Creator?

Do we really understand the rational reasons, rather than assume the belief from our parents?

Are we motivated to believe by emotion and culture, rather than intelligence and self-reflection?

And do we bury our heads in the sand when Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris or other prominent critics attack religion yet again, as no more logical than belief in a Flying Spaghetti Monster?

I believe each of us has an individual journey to make, to truly test our understanding of whether a Creator exists. The first step on the journey is to disentangle the question of “Which religion is right (if any)?” from “Is there a Creator? Yes/No?”, because the latter question can be asked independently of the former.

To answer the latter question, theists will bring out their big guns: arguments from design (teleological), from causation (cosmological) or from reality (ontological), and the many variants of each. Atheists will counter-argue with alternative explanations, including the theory of evolution, quantum fluctuations as the first cause, the multi-verse theory or curveball questions like “if God is all-powerful, can he create a rock so heavy that he cannot lift it?”

Are we comfortable answering these counter-arguments? Are they coherent and logical, or flawed and desperate? If we’re not sure, what will it take to be more certain of our answer?

I firmly believe we need a paradigm shift in the way we think about the existence of a Creator. We certainly don’t need a PhD in theology or philosophy to answer the very simple question “is there a Creator?”

We just need to set aside some time for a little reading, questioning and honest self-reflection. If we’re still not comfortable with the answers we reach, then keep reading and questioning until we get a better understanding.

Albert Einstein is famously reported to have said: “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” Let’s start with ourselves and see how far we get!

A new series of The Paradigm Shift kicks off on 8 Sep 2018 with “The God Delusion: Fact or Fiction” in conversation with guest speaker Sheikh Javad Shomali. For more information visit our website here.

Whilst you’re here…

The Muslim Vibe is a non-profit media platform aiming to inspire, inform and empower Muslims like you. Our goal is to provide a space for young Muslims to learn about their faith as well as news stories affecting them, so we can reclaim the Muslim narrative from the mainstream.

Your support will help us achieve this goal, and enable us to produce more original content. Your support can help us in the fight against Islamophobia, by building a powerful platform for young Muslims who can share their ideas, experiences and opinions for a better future.

Please consider supporting The Muslim Vibe, from as little as £1 – it will only take a minute. Thank you and Jazakallah.

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Why do so many theists fail to articulate clearly their belief in a Creator?

“Tell me why I should believe in Christ,” said the Radio show presenter. “You just have to believe,” shouted the caller.

It was a difficult call show to listen to – but also a very eye-opening one. Is the “blind faith” approach to life really the only thing theists have to offer? Are we lacking real evidence-based or rational arguments that explain our position? Is God really, in fact, a God Delusion”?

These were the questions I was left asking myself. Without a doubt, the answer to these questions in my mind is “no”. But then, why do so many theists fail to articulate clearly their belief in a Creator?

Do we really understand the rational reasons, rather than assume the belief from our parents?

Are we motivated to believe by emotion and culture, rather than intelligence and self-reflection?

And do we bury our heads in the sand when Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris or other prominent critics attack religion yet again, as no more logical than belief in a Flying Spaghetti Monster?

I believe each of us has an individual journey to make, to truly test our understanding of whether a Creator exists. The first step on the journey is to disentangle the question of “Which religion is right (if any)?” from “Is there a Creator? Yes/No?”, because the latter question can be asked independently of the former.

To answer the latter question, theists will bring out their big guns: arguments from design (teleological), from causation (cosmological) or from reality (ontological), and the many variants of each. Atheists will counter-argue with alternative explanations, including the theory of evolution, quantum fluctuations as the first cause, the multi-verse theory or curveball questions like “if God is all-powerful, can he create a rock so heavy that he cannot lift it?”

Are we comfortable answering these counter-arguments? Are they coherent and logical, or flawed and desperate? If we’re not sure, what will it take to be more certain of our answer?

I firmly believe we need a paradigm shift in the way we think about the existence of a Creator. We certainly don’t need a PhD in theology or philosophy to answer the very simple question “is there a Creator?”

We just need to set aside some time for a little reading, questioning and honest self-reflection. If we’re still not comfortable with the answers we reach, then keep reading and questioning until we get a better understanding.

Albert Einstein is famously reported to have said: “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” Let’s start with ourselves and see how far we get!

A new series of The Paradigm Shift kicks off on 8 Sep 2018 with “The God Delusion: Fact or Fiction” in conversation with guest speaker Sheikh Javad Shomali. For more information visit our website here.

Whilst you’re here…

The Muslim Vibe is a non-profit media platform aiming to inspire, inform and empower Muslims like you. Our goal is to provide a space for young Muslims to learn about their faith as well as news stories affecting them, so we can reclaim the Muslim narrative from the mainstream.

Your support will help us achieve this goal, and enable us to produce more original content. Your support can help us in the fight against Islamophobia, by building a powerful platform for young Muslims who can share their ideas, experiences and opinions for a better future.

Please consider supporting The Muslim Vibe, from as little as £1 – it will only take a minute. Thank you and Jazakallah.

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