Argument non-existence handicapped god

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Argument non-existence handicapped god

I saw a proof of the non-existence of God somewhere on the Internet.  I can't find it now and I'm way too dumb to figure out how to google it.  It went something like this.

  • God is that greater than which nothing can be conceived.
  • A god who created the entire universe is pretty impressive, but
  • He's not as impressive as a God who could create the entire universe with one hand tied behind his back.
  • The greater the handicap, the greater the god.  Eg.  A god who created the universe while blindfolded, hogtied, with the Soundtrack from the Beverly Hillbillies playing at infinite volume in the background, and with a pit bull chewing on his genitals.
  • In fact, the greatest of all possble Gods is the one which could create the universe under the ultimate handicap.  The ultimate handicap would be non-existence.

Q.E.D.  That than which nothing greater can be conceived is a non-existent god.

I promise you, I am not creative enough to make this up.  Okay, I did make up the extra handicaps.  But not the formal proof.  I know I saw it somewhere.  But now I can't find it.  It was maybe even on a thread here.  Anyone got any ideas?

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ROFL!  That's

ROFL!  That's fantastic.

 This argument takes the premises of the "ontological argument" and reduces it to rubble.

I've always hated the ontological argument because it essentially tries to "define" something into existence.  In other words, it defines words, creates a logical chain using those words, and somehow, presto, it's proven.

 Santa Claus is male.  That's a truth of language.  Doesn't mean Santa exists for real.

Good find!  I will remember this when I'm refuting the ontological argument next time.

 I'm just going to past it from wiki:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontological_argument

 

  1. God is, by definition, a being than which nothing greater can be conceived (imagined).
  2. Existence in reality is greater than existence in the mind.
  3. God must exist in reality, if God did not then God would not be that which nothing greater can be conceived (imagined).

 

 

 


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It's in "The god Delusion"

It's in "The god Delusion" by Richard Dawkins. Don't know where online.


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Thank you, Matt

Thank you, Matt.  I read that book and enjoyed it, but I guess it didn't all stick. 

Anyway, later I swore I'd seen the argument somewhere but I couldn't get it off the Internet.

Maybe that's why.

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Quote: Q.E.D.  That than

Quote:
Q.E.D.  That than which nothing greater can be conceived is a non-existent god.

I believe the flow of this argument leads to a different conclusion than this.

It would rightly, in my opinion (of the argument, not of the validity of the point), stated:

 "That than which nothing greater can be conceived is a non-existent god who created the universe."