In the last installment of his Nature of Reality series, IBD Vice President Matt Coombe looks to summarize and build upon the last 4 weeks of study. Here he looks at truth vs reality and comes to common sense conclusions many of us know instinctively but could never vocalize. More than that, he looks what is and what isn’t certain about reality and how that impacts what we can know.
Roll up your sleeves. IBD Vice President Matt Coombe presents the long-awaited “Truth” segment of the Nature of Reality Series. He looks at what truth is, how much can we know and what parts we can be certain of. Facts and truths are compared; How can you tell the difference? Is there a difference? It’s a little shorter than the others but no less interesting and informative.
In the third installment of his “Reality” series, IBD Vice President Matt Coombe looks at two major assumptions of reality. Each in turn yet in relation: Empiricism and differing personal realities.
First, empiricism, the idea that only what we can detect with our physical senses is real, is placed in its proper context. Next, the concept that realities can differ on a personal level is shown as a false claim. These two claim are more related than you think.
Originally posted by IBD Vice President Matt Coombe on mjcoombe.com
Excerpt of email received from Stephen F Roberts:
“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer God than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible Gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
Throughout the last few months I have come across this quotation, or a variation of it, several times; I would like to respond to it here. Usually this quotation is accompanied by a laundry list of assorted Mythological gods that both Christians and atheists agree don’t exist. These include: pagan spirit beings, Norse, Greek and Roman gods, mythological demi-gods and modern non-christian deities. I completely agree with the list … until the very end; Apparently, the “one less” that stands between me and pure atheism is “Yahweh.”
At first, this atheist quotation seems like a powerful case against the existence of any deity. Especially when partnered with a list of make believe gods, goddesses and spirit beings. Seeing this human penchant for creating false gods, the argument seems like a powerful case against theism. Afterall, we Christians do readily dismiss the existence of Thor, Apollo, Shiva, and a myriad of other contrived beings. Yet at the same time, Christians are willing to devote their lives to one specific deity. This creates the obvious question: With all the make-believe deities in the world, what makes Yahweh so special?
When I come across people who say: “When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible Gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” In response, rather than making a plea to faith, I begin with the evidence. I dismiss the plethora of non-Christian deities because none of them have solid evidence for their existence. On the other hand, there is historical, personal, ontological, teleological, cosmological, and axiological evidence that is extended to Yahweh and Yahweh alone; No other deity or spirit being can make such a claim.
The God of Christianity is the only being that meets each and every area of evidence I just listed. So, Mr. Roberts, I cannot dismiss Yahweh for the same reasons I dismiss other so-called gods; The evidence is far too compelling in favor of God’s existence. Yahweh truly is, as the Bible says, the King of Kings and LORD of LORDS. He is the only being worthy of worship.