I wanted to put this question out there to see how strongly everyone feels on this subject. Being that most of us trust in scientific fact and reasoning, I was wondering if everyone is absolutely, undeniably, 100% sure that a god doesn't exist.  I personally take into account that there is no proof of any cosmic creator so therefore I am about 99.9999% sure that there is no god. However we all agree that science is an ever evolving field and I don't think that there will ever be any proof to support the existence of a supreme being, but I can't be 100% sure until there is concrete proof against one. I would like to know what all of your thoughts on this.  

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Richard, Though I disagree with your position - it just means that you are not sure, yet - I got a huge kick out of your observations about absolutes and the catholic church. It shows a very sharp wit.
The real question is: Is anyone positive there is one. I can say that there is no god. There may be some force running the universe but it has nothing to do with the bible, Koran and Torah etc. I find it hard to understand how people who look at the photos from the Hubble telescope could possibly believe in a god. The only people who might find some sort of control over the universe would be math or physics scientist
No. I don't know if there is a God or Gods. On that way, I'm pretty much and agnostic. But that doesn't mean the possibility is 50/50, at least not for me. Since I don't know if there is a God, I behave as if there were none. In that sense, I could be an atheist.

I think that the existence of God might not be an issue for many, if it weren't for its followers and the stuff they do that pisses us off. Science will hardly proof that there is or isn't a God, but so far has shown that the world work pretty well without one. I would dare to say that scientifically the is no need for a god. On the other hand, there is a need to fight for equal rights, knowledge an peace, especially when all of those are threatened by the belief in a god.
It occurs to me, that a certain corollary to Dr Terence Meaden's position can best be illustrated, by pointing out that if one is willing to grant only a 99.999nth% probability that the universe has a wholly scientific explanation, then one is actually acknowledging that the barest part of 1% still bows before the suggestion of superstitious belief. Almost like one who doesn't actually believe in ghosts, but still feels better turning on a few lights.

I think it is important to realize, because confronting the feelings of cognitive dissonance that are created, is one of the most powerful motivators for clearing out the last of those cobwebs of supernatural belief.

One way to flip it, is to remember what Woody Allen said about a disbelief in god:
"It's just something that you have to take on faith" (on faith in yourself, I might add).
I am 100% positive that there is no god. And I can furthermore say that if we were wrong and that there was a god, I am 100% positive I would NOT worship.
I agree, I wouldn't worship a universal prick either.
re: D R Hosie

What of Einsteins's god? Part of this problem with why so many poeple, as I do, use the 99.999999% description may be dut to how that god is defined, and the other part, for me, is it's simply hard to completely dismiss it without a qualifier, or caveat, such as Dawkins' "teapot athiest" at the end of the statement.
Sadly, they usually answer yes :D
always look to math and physics for your answer
And 99.999% of the theist's answers will be - yes. But then, you could possibly hit on that .001 % that will answer "Does what make sense?"
"I don't agree, I think the universe is the way it does is because it has to in order to exist. Is that because only one rule set for a universe can exist or did our universe just stumble upon a lottery of good constants."

If you accept the notion of a multiverse, then there are infinite universes with infinite physical constants. Most of them will be unstable and short-lived, others might last longer, a few might actually support life of other kinds. Still, a universe doesn't have volition. As a consequence, a universe doesn't have a choice either. Our universe exhibits the characteristics described by physical laws as a direct consequence of the way quantum fluctuation, phase transitions and inflation have shaped it.
All the rules of physics change in a black hole.




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