Hello, all. I am new here, and have been reading through some of the discussions, but this is my first post.
A question has grabbed my interest I would like to pose to you all here. The basis for my question is a quotation from atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel:
“It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.”
So, my question is, who among you can relate to his sentiment? Or, more than simply relate, perhaps you wholeheartedly agree? All argument and evidence aside, do you want there to be a God?
For the sake of clarity, let’s define “God” as it would traditionally be defined by Christianity.
I am unsure how honest people might be in responding to the question. I suspect some responses will be along the lines of, “I don’t care either way.” Or, “It does not matter to me one way or another.” But, I hope people really take the question seriously. It certainly would make a difference to every one of us if, for example, Christianity were true. No one could seriously claim that it wouldn’t make any difference to them (certainly not in the end, anyway) should Christianity turn out to be true. So, I hope we can avoid those types of responses.
I suppose this question is directly mainly to Nagel’s fellow atheists (and agnostics) here. I don’t imagine there are too many believing Christians secretly wishing it wasn’t true, but anything is possible and responses from all are welcome.
An atheist or agnostic would certainly say there isn’t enough evidence or reasons to believe in a God, but the question here put is, all evidence and arguments completely aside, what do you want to be the case? If a coin were flipped into the air, and it had the magical ability to tell us one way or the other. Heads, God is real. Tails, there is no God. While the coin was spinning through the air, what would you, in your gut, be hoping it would turn up? Be honest, now.