By Stefan Molyneux
Among the poles of robust atheism and strict theism lies agnosticism, the argument that gods are impossible, yet can't logically be governed out as totally very unlikely. Agnosticism is taken into account a wary, tentative and clinical method of the query of the lifestyles of gods - Stefan Molyneux's seminal booklet "Against the Gods?" makes a strong case opposed to agnosticism and for the confident recognition of the nonexistence of supernatural beings. "Against the Gods?" offers crucial ammunition to these combating the virus of religion, and clears the psychological fog of the irrational heart floor among atheism and theism. Forword through Dr. Peter Boghossian
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4. 5. 6. 7. 8. A deity must exist (call him “Jeb”). Jeb must have the interest and power to interfere in the universe. Jeb must have the interest and willingness to interfere in human affairs. Jeb must listen to prayers, rather than just read minds. Jeb must only listen to prayers from the members of a particular sect. Jeb must monitor and record good and bad behavior. Ideally, Jeb must punish the members of alternate sects, or those who pray in an incorrect or inconsistent fashion. Jeb must also not reward those who do not give money to his priests – and ideally, punish said folks.
In the same way, we may meet among the stars fantastically advanced beings – however they will not be gods, but rather just highly evolved life forms. We may meet telepathic beings who can travel through time and have made themselves immortal, but we will never meet carbon-based lifeforms that can live on the surface of the sun, or Oompa-Loompas who live in a square circle, are composed of both fire and ice, and can go North and South at the same time. Thus it is axiomatic that gods cannot exist – if they are gods, then they cannot exist; if they exist, then they are not gods.
The essence of self-knowledge is negotiation, the recognition that every aspect of the self has a valid seat at the table, and deserves to be heard, but that none shall rule. Some people think of this as a democracy of the self, but I think that is a tragically inaccurate and destructive way to look at it, because in a democracy, the government always has the final say, and enforces its will through the force of law. It is infinitely more accurate and healthy to say that what is required is a stateless state of mind, or the anarchy of the self, where all is negotiation, and no final arbiter can enforce decisions.