Bad arguments against the existence of God

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Bad arguments against the existence of God are those that most theists will easily rationalize their way out of. These may be logical fallacies, or paradoxes that theists can explain away.


Omniscience Versus Free Will

Some atheists will argue that since God supposedly knows everything, then everything is predestined. Since many theists do not accept the predestination doctrine, this appears to be a dilemma: either they must accept predestination or God is not omniscient.

Apologists who do not accept predestination may get out of this problem by arguing that God simply knows every possible outcome of every possible decision anyone can make, thus resolving the dilemma.

God allegedly knows every possible outcome. God does not know which outcome actually will happen Therefore God is not omniscient.

Not wanting there to be a god / Hating God

In The Last Word, Thomas Nagel wrote:

"It isn't just that I don't believe in God and, naturally, hope that I'm right in my belief. It's that I hope there is no God! I don't want there to be a God; I don't want the universe to be like that."

This is not a valid reason for disbelief: God either exists or doesn't exist, regardless of what we want.

Similarly, maltheism - the idea that god is evil - requires the existence of god. 1. I hate God 2. Therefore, God does not exist

This argument is invalid due to the contradictory nature if hating something that does not exist.

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