Friday, June 20, 2014
Kurt Godel's God Proof
Though he began work on his Ontological Argument in the 40's he didn't share it with anyone until 1970 and wasn't formally published until 1987! Apparently, Godel didn't want anyone mistakenly thinking that he "actually believed in God." Right. Heaven forfend he should upset the apple cart in the academic bubble of Princeton and risk losing his job (not much has changed). Strangely, despite his supposed lack of belief he argued extensively in favor of an afterlife and told the sociologist Burke Grandjean that his "belief was theistic, not pantheistic, following Leibniz rather than Spinoza. After his death, his wife Adele told Hao Wang that "he was religious and read the Bible in bed every Sunday morning." So much for theists being weak-minded and brainwashed group-think victims.
Have a look at his proof:
Pretty straightforward no? Nonetheless, I hear from materialists all the time who blithely wave it off with a "that was discredited a long time ago" attitude. They don't get it but are perfectly happy to assert that there is "no evidence" that there's a God. Right, no evidence besides for the thousands of pages penned on the subject by many of the world's (universally acknowledged) greatest thinkers. I find that they often confuse a counter-argument with a refutation so that if anyone, anywhere has disagreed it has (in their minds) been invalidated.
Here's an article from Der Spiegel on the topic to consider: Scientists Use Computer to Mathematically Prove God Exists. Hey wait, scientists? Computers? Logic? Don't theists just have a bunch of absurd Bronze Age myths to prove their point?
Anyone who's open-minded enough to actually consider Godel's argument and others like it should have a look at Stanford's excellent website.