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The God Hypothesis (Part III) (re-dated)
November 4, 2007, 10:08 am
Filed under: the God Hypothesis

Who made God?

If the laws of nature call out for an explanation, why doesn’t God? Evidently Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett think that this question definitively destroys the explanatory power of theism. They think it shows that God really doesn’t explain anything.

Its worth noting most people aren’t theists because of theism’s explanatory power.

What’s different about the laws of nature? Why does it make sense to ask the question ‘why?’ of them but not of God?

Here’s a few reasons why:

(1) Unlike with the laws of nature, God does not have particular values/measurements. You can’t measure God and then wonder, “Why just this much and not more or less?” God is all-powerful, perfectly good, all-knowing, not bound by space or time, etc. So it boils down this: finite measurements/values call out for an explanation in a way that infinite ones do not. It makes sense to wonder “Why is this frog 27% more powerful than this other frog?” But it doesn’t make sense to wonder “Why is God infinitely powerful?” When you stop and think about it, you can see that there simply is no reason why and there could be no reason why. It is not the same with the frog.

(2) The God hypothesis is a personal explanation. Now you might think that personal explanations always reduce down to impersonal ones. But if God really is an explanation of all the impersonal laws of nature, then God can’t himself be explained by further impersonal laws. For in this case God wouldn’t be the explanation of all impersonal laws. But if God really is such an explanation, then we can know for sure that the chain of explanations has terminated with him.

(3) God isn’t composed of parts arranged in one structure rather than another. It simply doesn’t make sense to wonder “Why is God configured this way and not another way?” God isn’t an assemblage of parts.


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