Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The stinkiest stinker

I am re-reading Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion and I came across this passage that I think is totally hilarious. This is from Chapter 3, "Arguments for God's Existence" and Dawkins is reviewing a few of Thomas Aquinas's most famous arguments.

Let's move on down Aquinas' list.
4. The Argument from from Degree. We notice things in the world differ. There are degrees of, say, goodness or perfection. But we judge these degrees only by comparison with a maximum. Humans can be both good and bad, so the maximum goodness cannot rest in us. Therefore there must be some other maximum to set the standard for perfection, and we call that maximum God.

That's an argument? You might as well say, people vary in smelliness but we can make the comparison only by reference by a perfect maximum of of conceivable smelliness. Therefore there must exist a pre-eminently peerless stinker, and we call him God.



es said...

That's a good one, Mikayla, I love it.

Can you believe people still use these arguments seriously?

Unbeliever said...

Why measure anything by a standard of maximum perfection rather than by a standard of minimum perfection? Maybe God is the absolute least possible of anything, smelliness or otherwise! lol

themaiden said...

Tag from Hell's Handmaiden.