This would be particularly difficult (I would say impossible) for those who believe that a supernatural consciousness created the universe by an act of consciousness – an entity available to us only by means of imagination which essentially wished the universe into being.
While any thinking adult can certainly imagine a conscious agent with superhuman powers (cf. Superman, Harry Potter, Samara Morgan, etc.), we find nothing in reality that comes even close to corresponding to such a phenomenon, no evidence that any concrete object we encounter in the world was essentially wished into being, and no credible accounts which objectively suggest that such a phenomenon is even possible.
In fact, the very concept of objectivity, itself seated squarely on a metaphysical basis which explicitly recognizes that wishing does not make it so (i.e., the primacy of existence), soberly informs us that such a phenomenon is simply not possible to begin with.
And yet, apologists for religious worldviews insist not only that their dogma is true, they even rail at non-believers for not accepting their religious claims on their say so. And still they fail to explain how their worldview differentiates from one which ultimately rests on the metaphysics of wishing makes it so.
It’s not that the criticism here is that the religious worldview in question is based on the apologist’s own wishing (though I admit that it’s difficult to rule out the role of the apologist’s own capacity for wishing and imagination as a factor in his devotion to his religious views), but that the religious worldview in question itself grants legitimacy to the metaphysics of wishing makes it so in its doctrines and teachings (cf. the doctrines of creation, miracles, divine providence, faith, prayer, etc.).
I’ve not encountered any apologist willing to take up this challenge. Perhaps in 2019 a courageous defender of the faith will take this up?
Readers are invited to comment.
by Dawson Bethrick