Emotional pleas against the existence of God
Belief and non-belief are largely motivated by the emotional appeal of the belief. Friedrich Nietzsche, who was not overly fond of reasoned and dialectic arguments, satirised logical arguments for and against God in This Spake Zarathura, while also acknowledging that belief is motived by emotions:
But that I may reveal my heart entirely unto you, my friends: IF there were gods, how could I endure it to be no God! THEREFORE there are no Gods.
Yea, I have drawn the conclusion; now, however, doth it draw me.—
God is a conjecture: but who could drink all the bitterness of this conjecture without dying?
This argument is an inversion of emotional pleas to argue for God's existence.
- "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 argument is a non sequitur but may be intentional in some cases. The argument's point could alternatively be understood as a descriptive explanation of unbelief: "belief in God is uncomfortable".