Robert C. Priddy

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  • Robert Priddy

    In this blog I post information and critical views concerning ideologies, belief systems and related scientific materials etc. I am a retired philosophy lecturer and researcher, born 1936.

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Archive for August, 2012

Does God exist? Eternal question answered!

Posted by robertpriddy on August 15, 2012

The supposedly ‘eternal’ question: ‘Is there anything resembling a creator or designer of the universe’ is answered for all those who have the wits and intelligence to look at the evidence for and against.

In recent decades, however, the power of research into evolutionary science – with huge advances in paleontology, genetics, physical anthropology and all related biological and geological sciences – everything points to evolution from the simplest life-forms as the only possible explanation as to how all life arose and developed. There is therefore no need whatever for any god or creator to explain life. Geneticists are not only already creating new life forms, but they are recreating physical organs and limbs that were lost in the process of evolution… such as raptor tails in chickens, scales in place of feathers. This work seems very likely to produce a genuine dinosaur-like creature within one to several decades! If it can be done with a dinosaur, then creation of human life would also be on the cards. At all events, the likelihood that no divine invisible creator is required to explain and even eventually create all forms of life increases almost day by day.

Only a century or more ago, half of humanity – weighed down by the superstitions and imaginations of the past – believed that God created the universe a few thousand years ago, and many still believe that it was all created in 6 days.. with one day’s rest! [Why just one day’s rest, wasn’t the entire job done so God could for ever… just another typical snarl-up in what evolved humanity can today appreciate as the whole absurd religious fairytale]. But science can now  measure with great accuracy how old anything is.

I lost faith in the Christian God when I was at grammar school. Later, due to philosophy and my study of many cultures and religions, I returned to the enigma and eventually spent decades probing in all kinds of ways to try to evaluate the claim. Only after a great deal of commitment to spiritual practice and self-investigation – I came more and more to the conclusion that everything that points to there being a god (or whatever) can be explained as a result of perplexity, confusion, error, mind-programming, social pressures, fear, longing, hope, desperation and any number of throw-offs of these human traits. Further, I am intensely aware of the disdain and false pity that believers in God feel for those like myself, who have reached a liberated standpoint… I only reached it after having thrown myself heart and soul into the search for God – discovered many extraordinary things which instructed me as to the futility of seeking a non-entity created by human fear, ignorance and awe. Also, I found out to my full conviction that absolutely no one of the many deeply involved I knew were at all illumined – as one would expect after their decades of intense spiritual practice – and were all barking up wrong trees or were stuck in dead-end beliefs and rituals.  

You may read some interesting thoughts as to whether the brain creates god, based on neurology. It is evident that we are incapable of anything before our brains grow and develop. Action and learning language and all the rest that comes after is what makes the brain capable of what it is. Today a child can learn more and faster about everything than ever before, because the sum of accumulating knowledge humanity has won through great struggles to understand is all there waiting. Nor do young people have to stick within the scope of their parents and teachers’ out-dated and largely unquestioned horizons any more… the internet frees them to investigate everything, from the craziest to the wisest, and to compare and evaluate everything themselves. IF humanity survives, surely this will lead to an incomparably better world, for ignorance and narrowness are at the root of all the world’s problems. The contrary religions and conflicts galore between them, and between their own sects, have caused and still cause a large amount of all the problems, as ever.

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