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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To my mind Victor Stinger does best at providing evidence and arguments that there most probably is no god. Basic he uses an argument that absence of evidence is evidence of absence in some cases. True enuf an absence of evidence of celocamps was not good evidence for an absence of celocamps in out oceans (one was caught finally around 1930). However if one walks into any regular sized room and one detects no evidence of there being any elephants in this room then that does qualify as evidence of absence of elephants in this room. Stinger states that our universe shows no evidence that there is any god and that there should be evidence if a god exists and is running it somehow.
We constantly hear people saying you can't prove a negative. This is an obviously untrue distortion of the original statement that you NEED not prove a negative. If you assert that I have a double-wide refrigerator filled with monkey spunk and radish flavored ice cream crammed up my ass, I can prove the negative of that with great ease. The trick is not to grant vague or false premises, but to make the asserter be clear of what he is asserting.

Atheists tend to grant too many false premises when dealing with theists. OK... this three letter utterance you've made: GOD... just exactly what do you mean by that?

"It's a force."

OK. I believe in all kinds of forces. Can you be more specific?

"Well, God is a force of love."

I believe in love as defined as the profound valuation of a person. OK. Can you be more specific?

Eventually, they either acknowledge that they are needlessly using God as a synonym for all sorts of cool stuff that really exists and doesn't need such a vague and dishonest synonym, or they wander into the realm of incoherence.

If you want to tell me that God is a synonym for love or the universe itself, then I'm not atheistic about that... but I'm going to point out that you can be honest and clear without such bullshit synonyms. If you have a flimsy definition so loose that the pizza boy qualifies, then I believe in pizza. I think God started as a synonym for "I don't know" or "what the fuck?"

If I'm going to claim I don't believe in something, I insist on knowing just what it is I'm denying, and I'd prefer not to waste so grandiose a word as "god" on abstractions that have better synonyms. Claiming to think that God is Love is a diplomatic way to say you're an atheist.

Most theists insist that God is an all loving, all powerful, all knowing entity.

One look at a newspaper or a walk through a children's cancer ward will disprove the existence of such an oxymoronic entity with 100% certitude.

Others simply say that God is the creator of the universe. Defining the Universe not just as the tiny multiverse sliver of local time/space and matter/energy that resulted from what we humbly call the big bang, but as the set of all things that exist, it isn't possible that there is anything outside that set that exists to act upon or create the set. The set could never have been null as 0 + 0 = 0. Insisting that the set cannot be causeless leads to the assertion that the cause of the set cannot be causeless. Either way, there can be no creator of the universe. While our observable cosmos was surely spewed forth from a singularity contaminated by space/time, there is no reason to assume that this was a creation event for all of existence.

I am an atheist. I am not an agnostic. And, by my reckoning, if you are 99.9 percent sure there is no God, then you are also .01 percent sure there is... you are a doubter, not a disbeliever, and that's not atheism. You are an agnostic at best. Which is so unnecessary. Either you've heard a coherent definition and argument for "God" or you haven't. Are you atheist or tinyfractiontheist? Make up your mind. And please don't bore me with whackadoo ramblings about weak atheism and strong atheism and such. Either you believe there is a God or you believe there is not a God or you don't know. Pick one.

And you can't honestly say you don't believe in God if you acknowledge any fraction of a percent of doubt. Sorry. Words mean things. If you think there's a .0000000000001 percent chance that Jesus might be coming back to carry you off to Heaven, you can't be an atheist. Sorry. Thanks for playing.

I am 100% sure that there is no God. All attempts to define the word that I have heard are either to reduce it to synonym for something that is not "God" or incoherent/oxymoronic/nonsensical bullshit. I have never heard a single coherent definition of the utterance. Never.

Linguistically and scientifically, I see no need to sacrifice the ground of one iota of certitude. So to answer your question:

I am an atheist.


Good question Scott.


I'm precisely as sure that there is no God, and for precisely the same reason, that I am sure that if I release a heavy object at the earth's surface it will fall. The proposal of there being a 'God' (in the sense implied by any of our traditional theisms) is ruled out by our on-demand-repeatable physical observations to precisely the maximum extent that it can possibly be ruled out. The proposal is contraindicated, and can't be selected through any test that we can coherently understand to be capable of selecting knowledge.


For more on this I've pasted here something that you may find of interest:


Crystal Blue Persuasion


The following is a simple three step guide for constructive engagement with any proselytizing theist. It is, in effect, synopsis and clarification of an 'app' from my main essay 'Truth?'. My hope is that by directing interested parties first to this short and explicitly practical essay some may then become engaged enough to try the longer and more challenging one.


1. Inform the theist that he is offering proposals that you do not believe him to be able to qualify, through any coherent procedure for knowledge selection, as knowledge. Offer to open the debate with him at that level. Specifically, to work with him to arrive first at a procedure that you will both be able to understand to be functional. Offer further that if this step can be completed then you will invite him to clearly state his theistic proposals for your mutual application of the procedure to them, and that if they then can be seen to qualify through it you will publically embrace them, on the spot. Explain politely that you do not wish to waste his time or yours on a further replay of the sterile debate that has been going on between our two sides for thousands of years. Simply, that if he is willing to match your level of commitment, in engaging within a format that you can both understand to be capable of clear and final settlement of our argument, then you are keen to talk to him. But that if he will only engage in the absence of any such format – to hold open his option for declaring a draw, through play of the 'faith' card or some related piece of hokum like 'warrant' or 'non-doxastic justification' as soon as he can see his position becoming rationally untenable – then you have other and more productive uses for your time. He can accept, or he can decline. If he chooses the latter, then it will be with pretty clear implications for both himself and those to whom he had been trying to propagate his theism.


2. [He has accepted, and you’ve mutually agreed on a functional procedure]. Invite him to state his theism's defining proposals. Specifically, those which distinguish it from the all of the others, and from science (unless, of course, he would just as soon have you embrace any of those). Write his proposals down. Get him to sign the sheet. Because once you start applying a functional knowledge selection procedure to them – and they start to melt like sandcastles in the rising tide – he will expect to be able use the standard theist's dodge of linguistically obfuscating and morphing them to avoid your selection procedure’s gates. As in: “Well, I didn’t literally mean……..” and “Of course '……..' should be understood only in a metaphorical sense”, and the rest of that ancient bag of tricks.


3. [You now have the functional procedure and the signed list]. Patiently and systematically apply the procedure to each one of his proposals. Show him how it clearly fails to qualify. Show him that any relaxation of the procedure’s tests that is sufficient to allow his proposals to qualify will also and simultaneously permit qualification of an effectively infinite number of other and logically exclusive proposals (including, and most naturally, those of science). So, and from which, he can see that his proposals simply cannot be coherently selected. That he can have them, but ultimately from precisely the same wishful-thought basis that a boy on a rooftop can have knowledge of his ability to fly like Superman after watching a Superman movie. Go ahead and put him explicitly in the position of having to publically renege on your agreement, or else renounce his theism. [Note: Our side has been in the position to do this for at least the past couple of hundred years; but, in general, we have not. For some thoughts on how and why that has been, and whether our reticence has indeed been justifiable, please see another of the short essays at my blogsite: 'The Cuddly Kitten'.]


Primers for Step 3:


The essay ‘Truth?’ (access via 'view my complete profile' at the blogsite).


William Clifford’s classic essay ‘The Ethics of Belief’.


George Smith’s ‘The Case Against God’.


Michael and Monier’s essay collection ‘The Impossibility of God’.


General recent writings of the ‘new atheists’ (Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Victor Stenger, Daniel Dennett, Michael Shermer, Anthony Grayling, et al).


For more still, my main URL is  http://www.poppersinversion.blogspot.com . Any and all feedback welcome.

No one is 100% sure of anything, though some people think they are.  Those people are usually the religious.
Obviously, you cannot make such a statement with 100% certainty.

Are you in doubt as to whether or not there is a stampeding herd of thousands of wildebeests in your ass looking for the ark of the covenant, or at least a Starbucks for a nice mocha latte?

Are you not 100% certain of whether or not that is happening right now? And if you have doubts, don't you reckon that even a mediocre proctologist could clear the matter up for you?

Yes, Steve. People can be 100% certain of some things, even without being religious.

Using the varieties of positions of what god is...

Yes, positive.


However, I must note pantheism due to this not actually fitting in with the rest.

What does pantheism do?

It utilizes our incessant need to label things due to the way we structure thoughts.

Pantheism is intellectually dishonest and still fuels support to the god delusion, so it needs to be trashed with he rest.

So, saying 100% positive there is no god in respect to pantheism or Buddhism doesn't make sense. They are conceptualization tools, with the former lacking proper documentation.


In regards to the whole "even water can only be purified to 99.999999999 %" spiel...

This is not the same thing as 100% positive/certainty.

If one is 100% certain they can hold a dozen grenades as they explode and live,

that is still 100% positive regardless if they die or not.


Research into the neuroscience of belief will assist with understanding.


How could anyone doubt the existence of the ONE TRUE MONOGOD, all THREE (Trinity) of HIM?

(Sarcasm mode off now)


I have to notice that people seem to be backing up their 99.9% positions by saying that we cannot predict the lottery, a coin toss, or other future outcome of an event of chance.


But that does not, in any way, argue the point that we can be certain of some things based on the past and present without relying upon chance.

For example, when someone makes a self-contradictory assertion, we can dismiss it immediately. The example of the invisible pink unicorn springs to mind. One need not bother debating about unicorns to point out that an object cannot simultaneously possess the qualities of "pink" and "invisible." There is no need to consider the assertion further and no need to mete out even .00000onandon00001% of doubt.

The same is true of the assertion that there is an omnipotent, all loving, omniscient being active in the cosmos. Even a toothache proves otherwise, and having seen or experienced any suffering at all, one may be certain that such a creature does not exist.

CERTAIN, in this context, means known or proven to be true. Indisputable. 99.9% is not certainty. It is doubt. There are a lot of words for doubters. Atheist isn't one of them.
No. Like most of us here I'm at 99.999% sure but there is no absolute proof againts god or gods so no. Also anyone here who says they are 100% sure there is no god you are just as bad as the fundamentalist theists we all here have come the abhor.
Well that's an interesting accusation, Gary. In what way am I as bad as the fundamentalist theists you abhor? And how can you be sure?

Are you 100% certain that they are fundamentalist theists? Are you 100% certain that you abhor them? Are you 100% certain that you are who you think you are, let alone that, with all that doubt, you truly want to be on the internet publishing such statements?

Are you 100% sure that the internet is not located entirely in your left ventricle?

Have you considered that when you clicked the sign up box for this site asserting yourself to be a nontheist... you were .0001% lying?
@VINCE WATKINS:you can ask all this am I 100% blah blah blah. The question was are you 100% positive there is no god and unless you are privy to information that the rest of humanity isn't (like what fundamentalist theists think hence my accusation) you can't say your 100% positive. I am 99.999% positive there are no gods and I live my life under the assumption that there are no gods, not .0001 lying but .0001 unsure because I'm not an inter dimensional superbrain. oh and If you are 100% positive of something you better have some proof. so am I 100% sure the internet is not located entirely in my left ventricle? yea because if you cut my heart open all you are going to find is blood.
Gary, you seem to be insisting on the rather elementary error of not bothering to define the word "god."

What do you mean by those three letters? What coherent thought do they represent?

Because, unless you can define a word coherently, there is no point in arguing for doubt. As I pointed out, the traditional definitions of "God" are easily dismissed with mere logic and linguistic integrity.

It doesn't take and interdimensional superbrain to dismiss incoherent premises. I offered my proof in this thread if you'll take the time to read it.

But I suppose that "shadow of a doubt" is the fashionable way to go, eh?

However, by your own methodology, you shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the contents of your left ventricle. Perhaps this rumored "trickster god" borrowed from another silly post is at work and only deludes you into thinking that there is blood in your left ventricle rather than the servers that run the internet. Even if you cut it open, you'll only see what the trickster god wants you to see. No doubt, this is the same trickster god that planted fossils so that scientists would think the world was more than 15 minutes old.




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