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For The Atheist
A Response To Atheist Republic
Author Armin Navabi of Atheist Republic has authored a short book entitled, Why There Is No God. The book offers rebuttals to 20 questions or proofs for God's existence.
Some of the rebuttals are well formulated, but ultimately each falls short in making the case for God's non-existence. This section of my website is my armchair attempt to provide counter-arguments to Navabi's ascertains.
Navabi is a former Muslim of Iranian decent. In the introduction to his book he explains his journey from devout Muslim to equally devout atheist. Being familiar with Islam myself, I easily noticed how Navabi's arguments apply to Allah as revealed in the Quran. While he applies these 20 questions to God in general, his main targets are Islam and Christianity. My responses to Navabi's challenges are written from an evangelical perspective.
It should be noted upfront that while Navabi frames these 20 questions or statements as being proofs offered by believers, in fact, many of these statements are, technically, not proofs. And to be honest, in my 32 years of walking with Christ and 30 years of ministry, I've never encountered several of these arguments for God's existence. But perhaps that's because I don't recognize them as so called, "proofs." Regardless, I present the title chapters as Navabi does, from his book. Then I will choose points from each chapter and explain why the offered proof is valid, or why the claim is worthy of consideration even if it's not really a valid "proof."
Furthermore, by themselves, these arguments made by theists may not be persuasive. But taken as a whole, cumulatively, there is merit in their propositions. In fact, most of what a person believes in not based upon a single argument. Rather, the cumulative evidence convinces us of something and then we trust it. Note that I did not refer to absolute proof. I don't think such a thing exists. When we stand before God then we will have absolute proof. Until then, cumulative evidence is what we are looking for.
Navabi seems like an honest seeker of the truth. His journey has led him to atheism. So, I hope, his true journey is not yet complete.
There are 20 counter-arguments presented here as 20 short articles, named after each of Navabi's chapters. I hope you find these useful.
20 How can we really know anything?