Stephen F Roberts:
“I contend that we 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 several different times and would like to respond to it here. Usually this quotation is given with a barrage of various pagan, Norse, Greek, Roman, and various Mythological gods and at the end of the list is “Yahweh.”
At first, the quotation and the list of gods seem like something of a powerful case against theism. We readily dismiss the existence of Thor, Apollo, Shiva, and many other contrived beings, and yet Christians are willing to devote their lives to this one specific God. The questions remains, what makes Yahweh so special?
When I come across people who hold, “when you understand why you dismiss all the other possible Gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” In response, I dismiss all these other gods because simply there is no evidence for them. That’s what it all comes down to, evidence. There is historical, personal, ontological, teleological, cosmological, and axiological evidence that is extended to Yahweh and Yahweh alone.
The God of Christianity is the only being that meets all of the areas of evidence I just listed. So, Mr. Roberts, I cannot dismiss my God for the reason I dismiss these gods, because the evidence is just to compelling. Yahweh truly is the King of Kings and LORD of LORDS. He is the only being worthy of worship.