Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Why Stephen Fry's recent claims are Unreasonable

The famous actor Stephen Fry set portions of Europe abuzz in a brief interview with broadcaster Gay Byrne last week for his controversial claim that if there is a god who created the universe, that god must be evil. here's a link to the video:


Fry's claim here is not new, the late Christopher Hitchens and many other atheists have been making this claim for at least a decade. But even with the backing of Stephen Fry's aristocratic British accent and passionate delivery, the claim rings hollow.

Yes, there is great pain and suffering in the world, but to think *only* of the pain and suffering when discussing what kind of God could have made the world is an obviously flawed way of approaching the matter. When trying to answer this question, and when trying to answer every other question, *all* the data we have available must be taken into account. And there is much more than bone cancer to discuss. Has Stephen Fry never felt thankful for his loved ones? has he never delighted in the laughter of children? Has he never wondered at the beauty of the setting sun or the starry night sky? Has he never appreciated the taste of a good meal or the majesty of water crashing into the shoreline?

To conclude that an all good and all powerful God (the kind Fry is trying to rule out) may have created the universe we need only to determine that the existence of the world we live in is better than it's non-existence. For an all good and all powerful God will certainly create all worlds whose existence is better than their non-existence. I'm grateful to be alive, to see the sparkle in the eyes of my small nephews, to feel my wife embrace me, to look down on the blowing snow from the top of high mountains. I'm grateful that this universe exists because it is good, we all know this, we feel it. The world is very good, and if this is so, we ought to conclude that its creator is very good as well.

1 comment:

  1. This is an excellent piece, and like every other article on this blog it is thought provoking, grounded and intelligent.

    Thank you