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Theology and Falsification


Look at this beautiful clearing we’ve discovered
in the middle of the woods. Yes, it’s very pretty. And look at those flowers. Obviously this
is actually a garden of some kind. There must be a gardener who tends to it. I’m not sure this is a garden. These flowers
could just be growing naturally. Of course it’s a garden, and logically a garden
implies a gardener. Well, we can settle the matter by waiting
here for a while to see if a gardener shows up. Well, there’s no sign of any gardener. Are
you still sure he exists? Of course he exists! We just haven’t seen
him because he is invisible. Well, let’s wait a little longer and see if
we smell him. Okay, we haven’t caught the faintest whiff
of a gardener. I really doubt whether there is one. Well, of course we cannot smell him! He’s
not only invisible but unsmellable. In fact he can’t be perceived by our chipmunk senses
in any way. Okay, let’s put up barbed wire around the
clearing and see if he trips over it. Still no sign of your gardener. Of course not. He’s immaterial. He passes
right through the barbed wire. Then how can we detect him? You have to have faith in him. He is transcendental,
so he is beyond our petty chipmunk understanding. He can only be perceived by the sensus divinitatus.
He is forever beyond the reach of science, which is narrow and blinkered. But if he interacts with the garden, then
he is having a physical effect on it, and so there must be some way to detect that effect. You just don’t understand. This gardener is
ethereal, transcendent, immaterial, intangible and imperceptible by our senses. Then what is the difference between a gardener
such as you have described, and no gardener? In what sense can he be said to exist at all?

Otis Rodgers

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10 COMMENTS

  1. JJPHILLYLG Posted on April 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

    He is beyond our understanding but yet you describe him which in some context he is understandable. LOL.

    Reply
  2. Theophage Posted on April 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    No, no, no. Don't you see? The garden itself is proof of the Gardener! That is all you need! Only wicked chipmunks would ask for more of a sign than that. Do you think that the Gardener is obliged to dance just because an arrogant chipmunk says it won't believe until He does?
    et cetera, ad nauseam…

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  3. Akunologia Posted on April 29, 2012 at 6:24 am

    You are then asking us to prove that something does not or did not, exist. I do not know what you are trying to say in the first part of your comment.

    Parables help people take a step back. If this had directly stated it's purpose, many may have closed their ears and minds to new thoughts. By examining it from a neutral standpoint, it helps form less biased opinions, especially if someone didn't make the connection.

    Reply
  4. Akunologia Posted on April 29, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Was meant to be a response to the below.

    Reply
  5. CheekyVimto08 Posted on June 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Falsification = the bullshit peddlers nightmare. Great work.

    Reply
  6. Alicia Johnson Posted on September 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    djohnson; fusion and falsification

    Reply
  7. Bob Beckle Posted on July 27, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I see no one has commented on the fact that Antony Flew has refuted his idea.

    Reply
  8. sparkyy0007 Posted on September 27, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Gardeners don't make flowers, they only tend them.

    God makes the flower as well as the gardener. Flew realized this before his death.

    Reply
  9. IThinkWithMy Dick Posted on May 2, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Theists have absolutely nothing important nor practical to say about anything.
    They need to learn about antinatalism, animal rights, read Karl Marx's "Das Capital", practice antinatalism, practice mathematical modeling of all events, practice veganism, practice something PHYSICAL that actually CHALLENGES their closed-minded selfish precious habits and personal ideologies.

    Reply
  10. Joshua James Posted on July 31, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Antony Flew would become a Diest.

    Reply
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