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Vail Daily letter: Proof there’s no God

Several Vail Daily readers responded with thoughtful commentary to my letter in which I maintained that though religion has played an important role in the evolution of humankind, today responsible science indicates that there is no deity that will save us from ourselves.

It appears that I have been successful in encouraging civil, healthy debate on the subject – a debate that has been ongoing for many centuries and certainly will continue for some time.

One reader requested that I show proof that “god” in any form does not exist and that “gods” were simply a way for humankind to explain what science at the time could not.

Fair enough. The short list of evidence that I submit to prove that no deity exists includes, but is not limited to, the following: World War I, World War II, wars in Vietnam, Korea, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, 9/11, the tsunami in Indonesia, climate change, the earthquake in Haiti, floods, famine, plague, rape, child abuse, wife beating, serial killers, breast cancer, dementia, childhood leukemia, overpopulation, unjust incarceration, plus innumerable other miseries humankind (and the rest of the species on planet Earth) have had to endure.

A cursory study of all the world’s great religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism) reveals belief in an all-powerful and all-seeing deity of one form or another and a thread common to all that commands followers to, in essence, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

As believers of all faiths hold that their deity is omnipotent, loving and just and their religion is merely a conduit for that deity’s wisdom, it therefore defies credibility that if such deities do exist, those deities would allow such massive suffering and injustice to have occurred and to continue on such a universal scale.

God bless the believers, as they are good souls and many. However, I think if we are to survive as a species, it would be wise to gradually shift the immense power of faith to where it will do the most good – faith in ourselves as a species and our collective ability to address and to solve the serious and mounting problems we face in the only world we are ever likely to inhabit, secular or spiritual.

Peter Bergh


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