Gay Byrne rolls his eyes to heaven as if looking for consolation, to an elegant response by Stephen Fry to why most atheists would reject a God:
“The god who created this universe, if he created this universe, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish.
“We have to spend our lives on our knees thanking him. What kind of god would do that?
“Yes the world is very splendid, but it also has in it insects whose whole life cycle is to burrow into the eyes of children and make them blind.”
Misotheism, that is the hatred of the Gods and denying they are worthy of obedience or acquiescence, may not be the basis of most people’s atheism. (My own is lack of evidence to suggest it is other than humanity creating God). Rather, Stephen articulates why the idea that people would want God to be true needs countering with what that means.
Praise a God that created a worm that burrows into a child’s eye? On your own. Does piety make you want to spend eternity with such a being?
Goodness and happiness makes humanity better, and life less harsh. Belief in God will not add to that for me.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog