The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup proof for God’s existence

The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup proof for God’s existence October 6, 2009

USA Today online reports this exchange:

Famed atheist Richard Dawkins appeared on The Colbert Report Wednesday night promoting his new book on evolution, The Greatest Show on Earth.

His conversation with Stephen Colbert went something like this:

Dawkins: “You asked me for the evidence for evolution, where’s the evidence for God?”

Colbert: “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.”

I think that’s a remarkably profound answer. Unpack why that delicious candy bar is evidence for God’s existence.

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  • Wow, I’ve always had a deep conviction that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a deep facet of God’s common grace, that goodness of God leads men to repentance!

  • Wow, I’ve always had a deep conviction that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a deep facet of God’s common grace, that goodness of God leads men to repentance!

  • Mary Jack

    Physical evidence of pure inspiration? The ability to bless others with one’s own gifts? The existence of chocolate and peanut butter proving there is joy beyond nutritious extension of life? More to Him than meets the eye?

  • Mary Jack

    Physical evidence of pure inspiration? The ability to bless others with one’s own gifts? The existence of chocolate and peanut butter proving there is joy beyond nutritious extension of life? More to Him than meets the eye?

  • Jonathan

    Jesus said, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matt 5:44-45 (ESV).

    Who doesn’t enjoy the experience of that bit o’ sunshine cradled in a small, brown paper cup?

    So, let us pray for our brothers, Richard D., and Steven C., too, that they will receive with joy the Giver of all good and perfect gifts, even Christ our Lord.

  • Jonathan

    Jesus said, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matt 5:44-45 (ESV).

    Who doesn’t enjoy the experience of that bit o’ sunshine cradled in a small, brown paper cup?

    So, let us pray for our brothers, Richard D., and Steven C., too, that they will receive with joy the Giver of all good and perfect gifts, even Christ our Lord.

  • Kirk

    Common grace?

  • Kirk

    Common grace?

  • Two natures.

  • Two natures.

  • jrr

    How about two parts that were put together intentionally that improve the success of the whole. There was nothing accidentally random about it.

  • jrr

    How about two parts that were put together intentionally that improve the success of the whole. There was nothing accidentally random about it.

  • “Ah the teleological argument” as a college prof. of mine once remarked as us boys stopped listening for a second to admire cups of a different type walking by. It is just a sublime argument from perfection, that something that good exists really can’t be attributed to the progress of man.

  • “Ah the teleological argument” as a college prof. of mine once remarked as us boys stopped listening for a second to admire cups of a different type walking by. It is just a sublime argument from perfection, that something that good exists really can’t be attributed to the progress of man.

  • EWR

    Bror – “to admire cups of a different type . . .” – that is classic. So funny and so true. That sounds like Rosenbladt.

  • EWR

    Bror – “to admire cups of a different type . . .” – that is classic. So funny and so true. That sounds like Rosenbladt.

  • scots

    Stephen Colbert has tapped into the deeper aspects of the argument for the existence of God, namely, the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is unrivaled in the universe (I also give you arguably the worlds best packaging of this combination – it’s known as peanut M&Ms) so it is surely solid evidence of the existence of a good God – only a good God would have condescended to give His creatures such a delight.

  • scots

    Stephen Colbert has tapped into the deeper aspects of the argument for the existence of God, namely, the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is unrivaled in the universe (I also give you arguably the worlds best packaging of this combination – it’s known as peanut M&Ms) so it is surely solid evidence of the existence of a good God – only a good God would have condescended to give His creatures such a delight.

  • Booklover

    Profound, Bror.

    “Teleology (Greek: telos: end, purpose) is the philosophical study of design and purpose. A teleological school of thought is one that holds all things to be designed for or directed toward a final result, that there is an inherent purpose or final cause for all that exists.”

    And females could admire other “cups” if they were on display as ours are, but we do recognize and are thankful to the Creator for their teleological end.

  • Booklover

    Profound, Bror.

    “Teleology (Greek: telos: end, purpose) is the philosophical study of design and purpose. A teleological school of thought is one that holds all things to be designed for or directed toward a final result, that there is an inherent purpose or final cause for all that exists.”

    And females could admire other “cups” if they were on display as ours are, but we do recognize and are thankful to the Creator for their teleological end.

  • Rob Cartusciello

    I always thought it was beer that was proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

  • Rob Cartusciello

    I always thought it was beer that was proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

  • Were you there EWR?

  • Were you there EWR?

  • John C

    More an example of evolution than divine inspiration — the chocolate freckle being the only exception.

  • John C

    More an example of evolution than divine inspiration — the chocolate freckle being the only exception.

  • Catherine

    Playing the devil’s advocate, what about people allergic to peanuts, huh? God wouldn’t REALLY cause harm to somebody if he were a good and gracious Heavenly Father, but peanut butter isn’t good for THEM (or someone who genuinely doesn’t like peanut butter. Shock and awe I know, but I hate the stuff).

  • Catherine

    Playing the devil’s advocate, what about people allergic to peanuts, huh? God wouldn’t REALLY cause harm to somebody if he were a good and gracious Heavenly Father, but peanut butter isn’t good for THEM (or someone who genuinely doesn’t like peanut butter. Shock and awe I know, but I hate the stuff).

  • Booklover

    I am starving for one now. Is that analogous to longing for heaven??

    Yet, taking Catherine’s angle, I would prefer the peanut butter filling to be far less sweet and the chocolate to be dark. Does that mean I feel that heaven isn’t good enough for me? 🙁

  • Booklover

    I am starving for one now. Is that analogous to longing for heaven??

    Yet, taking Catherine’s angle, I would prefer the peanut butter filling to be far less sweet and the chocolate to be dark. Does that mean I feel that heaven isn’t good enough for me? 🙁

  • Leif

    Couldn’t this be the antithesis of the “if there is a God why is there so much evil in the world?” to which the response could be “if there isn’t a God why is there so much good?” vis-a-vis the Peanut Butter Cup argument.

  • Leif

    Couldn’t this be the antithesis of the “if there is a God why is there so much evil in the world?” to which the response could be “if there isn’t a God why is there so much good?” vis-a-vis the Peanut Butter Cup argument.

  • As rev. Larry Bean put it above, the peanut butter cup is an analogy of the two natures of Christ. I’d like to add that the chocolate represents the divine nature, and the peanut butter represents the human nature.

  • As rev. Larry Bean put it above, the peanut butter cup is an analogy of the two natures of Christ. I’d like to add that the chocolate represents the divine nature, and the peanut butter represents the human nature.

  • fws

    reeses butter cups (along with peanut butter) do not exist in brasil.

    what is the teleological significance of this fact?

  • fws

    reeses butter cups (along with peanut butter) do not exist in brasil.

    what is the teleological significance of this fact?