To simplify... You have a soccer field with two goals on the furthest possible ends of the field. This being (No GOD - Atheism), and Existence itself as GOD (Pantheism) where everything and everyone is god by definition. Here everyone else is just people kicking the ball around aiming for their own imaginary goal posts somewhere on the field while ignoring the two farthest goal posts on the ends of the field (Atheism / Pantheism).
Literally, it's all or nothing where there is no god or gods, or that everything and everyone is god, a god, or gods. Quite literally this subject is entirely moot. The concept of god is meaningless at the end of the day.
I remember asking a Christian when I was a Pantheist:
What is GOD without Existence?
And that is when I realized the concept of GOD is entirely meaningless. That is when I realized the paradox in which effectively makes it all or nothing.. Atheism is thus the most logical stance to take.
You are right, there is no sense in making it so complicated. But (I might have written this earlier), at least I am one-hundred-and-ten-percent sure that there is no god. Why in the universe would anybody allow the slightest bit of doubt or say they are only 99.999...% sure there is no god?????
Giving the paradox, regardless if seen complicated, it puts me in the 100% certainty there is no GOD. I cannot fix the paradox to where even .0001% would be able to squeeze in. :/ I don't mind doubt, but this paradox has literally removed any doubts.. This is only of course the reason I don't believe.. However this thread isn't a question about if you simply believe or don't, it's a question of whether or not I am 100% certain or not. :)
I think a lot of us say 99% or 99.9% sure to avoid the 100% closed mind. Asserting God as the cause of any natural phenomenon shuts off intellectual curiosity, and so does a bald statement that there is not God. Given the wealth of the evidence for science with which I am familiar and the lack of evidence for God (plus the weakness of the fallacious arguments), I am as sure as I can be that there is no God. I just leave the door cracked a tiny bit as a hedge against my human fallibility. Besides, any new argument or evidence for God, when subjected to scientific examination, might spur new scientific discoveries that disprove them.
I used to say 99 percent, and I am all for being open minded, however it is the consequence of the paradox that has brought me that one .01% further. At some point you reach a logical conclusion, an absolute due to consequence or due to problem of definition..This is the point where you can't take the concept any further intellectually, conceptually, philosophically, or scientifically.. And that is the consequence of the paradox.. Hence I can't fix that no matter how open minded I am as it literally is the furthest the goal posts can be moved on either end of the field.
I'm sure there is no God to the same degree I am sure there is no tooth-fairy. So I am 100% sure.
Comparing it to being sure there is no tooth-fairy is a good way to express it.
The expression that I like most is that I'm sure there is no God to the same degree I am sure my refrigerator does not fly around my kitchen at night while I'm asleep.
Brilliant. Now I'm going to have buy a nanny cam to make sure my fridge isn't cavorting around my apartment while I sleep.
Very well put Future. I've not heard it expressed that way before, and I agree with you.
Technically omnipresent intelligence is impossible.. Especially when not everything in existence has "intelligence". It's self-refuting, and would effectively be calling existence itself "GOD" by consequence. That would make us all GOD. O.o