I asked you guys for a collection of arguments for god’s existence you’d like to see rebutted, and you provided. Thank you.
As many of you have guessed, and due to pressure from people in my life like Greta Christina (and a healthy number who said they’d buy it), I decided to write a book. It won’t be anything special, just what I do: here’s an argument for god, and here’s why it sucks written in language that most people can use.
My goal will be to keep all rebuttals as concise as possible so you can actually use them in conversation rather than telling someone to read the book. Sometimes I’ll manage it, other times I won’t. I will also focus on the formulations of the argument you hear from normal people at work or at church rather than the word salad of “sophisticated theologians,” except for arguments that frequently get adopted by everyday people. I might have a section in the back where I go after the arguments you pretty much only see in debates (and then only to muddle the conversation so the theist can escape intact), but I’ll likely just point people to where I feel those arguments get shredded most effectively.
Anyway, I’m 3,000 words in and have only scratched the surface. I’ll keep you guys up-to-date and even throw you out some of my favorite parts as I write it. Here’s a bit I was tickled with from the other night on the argument, “Maybe it’s not true for you, but it’s true for me.”
If something is “true for you” but it conflicts with the evidence, then your standard for truth has been set well below the sane standard for “wrong.”
I know that leaking my favorite parts won’t help book sales, but it’s such a weird concept for me to even consider stuff like that. As many of you know, I don’t even demand someone cites me when using my material. I write to share, to collect my thoughts. If someone can use something I’ve written, fill your boots. Hell, I may even put the book up for free online and just ask people to pay what they think it’s worth (though people close to me may kill me if I try to do that). We’ll see.
So…I need a title and some cover art. Title should probably come first. Something that says, “You don’t need 50 PhDs to think the arguments for god’s existence suck.”