Must an atheist be infinite?

Yesterday, or at least recently, I came across an argument on Twitter that I’ve heard before, namely the argument that to deny God one would have to know everything about everywhere.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You have to be omniscient to know that an omniscient God does not exist.</p>— The Story of the Cosmos (@story_cosmos) <a href="https://twitter.com/story_cosmos/status/1167779205385527296?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 31, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Logically, there cannot be any true <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/atheists?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#atheists</a>. For one to propose that God does not exist, anywhere at any time, one would have to know all things, and be omnipresent, eternal, and infinite. That would make you God, which you are not. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jesus?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jesus</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Christian?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Christian</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Atheism?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Atheism</a></p>— Christian Training Center (@ctcilife) <a href="https://twitter.com/ctcilife/status/1151578515097231361?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Or as Ravi Zacharias phrased it:<br><br>I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge.<br> <br>Ravi Zacharias <a href="https://t.co/l6D9SLd1zY">https://t.co/l6D9SLd1zY</a></p>&mdash; Ihab Isaac (@ihabizaki) <a href="https://twitter.com/ihabizaki/status/1167823555993788417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 31, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The problem is that the same thing could be applied to the theist, in fact, to anything:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell%27s_teapot

Or, as Jeffery Jay Lowder of the Secular Outpost put it:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Theists do not feel that they must be omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, and infinite, in order to justifiably claim that God exists. So why must the atheist be omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, and infinite in order to affirm the opposite conclusion?</p>— Secular Outpost (@SecularOutpost) <a href="https://twitter.com/SecularOutpost/status/1167988778947903488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

In other words, if infinite knowledge is required, then we cannot deny anything.

Some fellow Twitterers called them out for this lame argument, and of course they, quite predictably, didn’t take it too well and tried to deflect from it and attack them.

Of course, this has nothing to do with the point of the argument, which is that the proposal of the infinite knowledge requirement could be used to defend anything.

This tells you, I think, all you need to know about those arguers.

2 thoughts on “Must an atheist be infinite?

  1. If we get into the non/duality discussion, it makes the questions of infinity, omniscience, omnipresence, etc., even more interesting! I would love to see you post about that some time.

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