PHIL: Re: Brave young atheists

Brian D Williams (
Mon, 1 Mar 1999 10:51:44 -0800 (PST)


>Thanks Brian. I would really like to meet you guys sometime. I
>bet that would be great.

Become a member and join us at the conference in August

>With regards to the starving children, I'm afraid that's the price
>we pay for free will. A God who fed all children would have to
>take away our free will. Which would you rather have?

Honestly? All the children fed.

>Free will comes with a heavy price.

This is the classic argument I remember from (Dennet's?) "Is god a taoist?"

While the starving children argument proves to my satisfaction the lack of a personal god (all knowing, all caring, all powerful, etc) the free will argument does nothing to prove the existence or lack of a supreme being.

It's complexity and emergent phenomena that keep me an agnostic....


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