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|Quote (afdave @ May 01 2006,10:23)|
|Here's my logic ...|
1) We hypothesize a Super-Intelligent Creator ... we can only imagine Him somewhat like a human mind because that is what we are familiar with, but much more intelligent ... this is my "B"
2) We observe a Surprising Fact that all over the world, people claim to have received messages--written and oral from some 'god' character. It's a surprising fact because quite frankly it's WEIRD ... this is my "A"
3) LOGIC: If B were true, then A would follow naturally based on our own experience with Intelligent Agents (i.e. they communicate verbally and in writing)
4) CONCLUSION: There is reason to suspect that B is true (not proof, obviously, but reason)
Now how is this "junk" logic?
Again, I am saying that I am not using Deductive Reasoning ... I am using Abductive Reasoning and drawing an Inference to the Best Explanation.
Your problem is that we have plenty of evidence from extant primitive cultures that your "A" is simply an attempt by those societies to explain what they can't understand.
Why do you insist on a double standard? One for the ancient Jews, and another for the rest of humanity? After all, you surely don't infer (abduce or whatever) that the Norse God Thor exists since the Vikings found him to best way to explain the phenomenon of lightning?
It's also a fact that the human brain works overtime to make sense of out of the confusing and incomprehensible, including dreams. We know that people with temporal lobe epilepsy have utterly convincing visions that lead them to believe they have a direct line to God (or even that they are God themselves). Why do you ignore this good, basic, scientific evidence that could help explain these "contacts with God" and simply argue that it's "WEIRD".
Of course it's weird, but that's no excuse to make the unsupported leap and decide that there must be a creator God.
It's funny, 100 years ago, people used to believe in fairies, elves, and succubi since they "explained" many the weird things that happened to them. Today... not so much. What happened? UFOs happened. Now it's all ETs and little green men. Does the fact that thousands of people all around the world claim similar experiences mean that alien abductions are really happening? And why is your case for a creator God any more compelling than that nonsense?