Posted by: Darwin | November 24, 2009

GOD DOES NOT EXIST

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Ludwig Andreas Von Feuerbach, a humanist-atheist claims that God does not exist.  He explains that God is merely a projection of human imagination.  He says that man, in his action, is experiencing limitations in this life.  He is going through suffering and poignant pangs of grief in life.  To make up for this limitation, he produced or made up the idea/concept of God who is greater than himself.  Man, in his limitation, made the idea of infinite, eternal and omnipotent God.  Thus, Feuerbach claims that God is a simple product of human imagination.  To put into syllogism, he says that “If God is, so man is a slave.  But man is free and intelligent, therefore God does not exist.”  Granted that Feuerbach was trying to prove the non-existence of God by saying that God is just a product of human imagination in order to satisfy his limitation.  Though he was able to deny the existence of God, still, he was not able to explain where this man’s idea of God comes from.  The question now is that, if man was able  to make his own idea of God who is greater than himself, where this idea/concept of God comes from?  Obviously, his idea/concept of God does not come from himself, for man cannot think or even create someone or something which is greater than himself.  This unsolved question in Feuerbach’s position is answered and explained by Rene Descartes

 Ludwig Andreas Von Feuerbach, a humanist-atheist claims that God does not exist.  He explains that God is merely a projection of human imagination.  He says that man, in his action, is experiencing limitations in this life.  He is going through suffering and poignant pangs of grief in life.  To make up for this limitation, he produced or made up the idea/concept of God who is greater than himself.  Man, in his limitation, made the idea of infinite, eternal and omnipotent God.  Thus, Feuerbach claims that God is a simple product of human imagination.  To put into syllogism, he says that “If God is, so man is a slave.  But man is free and intelligent, therefore God does not exist.”  Granted that Feuerbach was trying to prove the non-existence of God by saying that God is just a product of human imagination in order to satisfy his limitation.  Though he was able to deny the existence of God, still, he was not able to explain where this man’s idea of God comes from.  The question now is that, if man was able  to make his own idea of God who is greater than himself, where this idea/concept of God comes from?  Obviously, his idea/concept of God does not come from himself, for man cannot think or even create someone or something which is greater than himself.  This unsolved question in Feuerbach’s position is answered and explained by Rene Descartes.


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  1. […] GOD DOES NOT EXIST November 2009 12 comments 5 […]

  2. Friend, I was not attempting to insult you. I had merely thought to make contact with someone across the internet for some friendly discussion. I read a hint of sarcasm in your reply. So please accept my apologies if you are offended. Whether God exists or not is of no real interest to me, only being friendly matters.

    • Hello, I am sorry if it appears to you as sarcastic. I was not offended. Actually, I didn’t mean it. I am a Filipino, and it is quite hard on my part to think in Filipino and translate my thoughts in English. I am just trying my best to think in English so that I can easily write down my thoughts in a friendly manner. Don’t worry, I am writing my thoughts for educational purposes only. And eventually, to meet friends who have passion in philosophy . Please continue to write and post your comments for further discussions. Lo siento mi amigo.Gracias.

      • Sorry friend, my fault. This is the problem with textual communication. I shall be very glad to follow your blog. No need to apologise – even in Spanish.

        • Ok thanks…Noted friend.

      • Sorry friend, my fault. This is the problem with textual communication. I shall be very glad to follow your blog. No need to apologise – even in Spanish.

  3. Eh. In my opinion, god IS a projection of what humans lack. The idea of a deity exists to comfort, or at least that’s what it should do.

    • If it is a simple idea of deity which exists to comfort, why is it when people experience a poignant pang of grief in life they don’t resort to God. Sometimes, they get easily blame God for they ask, if there is God, why do they have a a discomforting life.

      • Thanks for the kind reply, now my comments browser reminds me every time a comment is made on your blog. It is interesting. Fear not, I am not an other preaching fanatical Christian. Just a theology buff and philosophy lecturer at Trinity, Dublin University.
        You ask the question, “if there is God, why do they have a a discomforting life?” Of course I cannot answer this, but I can point out the logical problem: If A, then why B? One must assume that A (God existing) produces B (a comfortable life). If we change A to “peace” and B to “war,” we can more easily see the logical problem. If there is peace, why is there war? The simple answer is that peace does not require the absence of war. So if there is a God, then this God need not guarantee a comfortable life.
        Regards,
        Jason Michael

        • Thanks, Prof. Jason for your educational comments…It is very educational…Yeah you are right!..Got it.Peace is more than an absence of war. And it does not really guarantee that if there is God there is a comfortable life… Anyway, who makes our life miserable?right? It’s not God per se,who makes one’s life discomforting. We can also put it in this way, If there is God, there is no evil, but there is evil, so there is no God. But this will lead to another philosophical discussion on God’s goodness or the Sumum Bonum, which, per accidens can be understood through its opposite, i.e., evil, which is a simple privation of good.

  4. This is a rather simplified materialism and lacks logical consistency. As a Christian theologian I agree that according to the criteria set in the present Materialist discourse God indeed does not exist. This, however, is not the same as saying there is no God. There is a distinction between substance and essence; your position must attempt to determine whether these two categories depend upon one another.

    • @homophilosophicus: thanks for the comment, but I don’t have any position here regarding the existence of God, I was just trying to present how Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach explains his position on the existence of God.Thanks once again…more comments please and articles for future discussions.tnx

  5. This is taken from my compilation of quizzes in Theodicy.


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