People complain that this statement is too absolute, such as in the image above. But “There is no God” is a statement I stand by and think is perfectly justified when you understand my reasons. So I would like to share these reasons.
What I am addressing here are not my reasons for disbelieving in gods, but rather, my reasons for specifically making the direct statement “There is no God.” And remember that my views represent only myself, but others may certainly agree with them.
I speak about the concept of gods the same way I treat any other mythological belief or pseudo-science. Santa Claus, Pegasus, or wizard-like powers technically may exist, and I cannot prove they don’t. But there is so little reason at all to suppose they even might be real that many people simply say “they are false”. We would change our minds if we saw significant enough evidence, but until that time comes, it does not stop us from making the direct statement that “There is no Santa Claus”. I am simply being consistent with respect to the idea of gods.
When I speak of a god, I am speaking of the sort of god most believers claim to believe in. I am speaking of the usual connotation associated with that word.
For example, consciousness alone does not equal a god. I do not call myself or my neighbor or a poodle a “god” just because they are conscious. So if the universe as a whole has awareness as a result of its network of matter and energy – which is certainly possible – then why should that be called a “god”?
I think you would see atheists and scientists calling it something like a “super-consciousness”, while religious people would say “that’s not God, that’s something God created” and they would search their holy books for ways to prove it, while saying God was still an unknown and powerful creator with these-and-those characteristics and opinions.
This is because the connotation of a “god” has many more traits. It implies some being whose consciousness is not based in natural elements or causes, has powers to alter world events from what they would otherwise be, and which talks to humans, has moral opinions and feelings about us, tells us to sacrifice goats or not, and so on. And this concept has many reasons to be seen as utterly baseless, and in some cases, essentially disprovable, such as with prayer.
Everything can be explained more directly without gods. Since, as the logical principle Occam’s Razor states, the most likely explanation for anything is the explanation which adds the least unnecessary elements and assumptions, there is never any reason to suppose any god exists.
I explain this matter in more detail in my other articles, but at its core the issue is this: From disease, to the results of praying, to holy books, to consciousness, to the existence of the universe – gods are just an unnecessary assumption to our world view because there is nothing about the concept of a god that makes it uniquely capable of explaining anything. A god is inevitably a pointless assumption.
This means that as we currently see the world, it is exactly as if there were no gods, and therefore all the conditions for atheism to be true are fulfilled immediately. So I never have any reason at all to think anything that could be called a “god” would exist. Absolutely none.
Therefore I say, “There is no God.”