In 1974, George H. Smith wrote a little book called Atheism: The Case Against God. In it, he made an ontological argument against God’s existence. I found it intriguing, since I’m currently studying the ontological argument for God’s existence. So let’s take a look at it in reverse.
To be is to be something as opposed to nothing, and to be something is to be something specific. If a god is to have any characteristics (which it must to exist), these characteristics must be specific – but to assign definite attributes, to say that a being is this as opposed to that, is to limit the capacities of that being and to subject it to the uniformity imposed by those capacities. A supernatural being, if it is to differ in kind from natural existence, must exist without a limited nature – which amounts to existing without any nature at all. (p. 41)
Let’s lay this out in argument form: [Read more…]