We’ve included a set of interesting questions that we like to think about…
1. Are we entitled to expect the universe to make sense?
One common question asked to apologists in the reductio ad absurdum strategy is how one can make sense of the apparent senselessness of the universe if a god exists. Examples are the illogical features in seemingly designed creatures, or the existence of suffering. The apologetic response usually takes the form of “God has sufficient moral reasons for making things this way” or “we are simply unable to see the big picture.”
Atheists generally see these responses as wholly unsatisfactory. It first suggests that we are God’s puppets and are not entitled to understand the universe, despite being given absurdly large, problem solving brains. It also suggests that we are unable to comprehend or appreciate necessary truths about creation. We think we deserve better and an ultra-powerful deity ought to be able to oblige, especially if He loves us.
2. Can God make a rock so heavy that he cannot lift it?
This familiar skeptic-challenge is not actually as nonsensical as theists would have us believe. When asked questions such as “can God make a circle with corners or a married bachelor”, apologists will often retreat to saying God can do anything not logically impossible (note, by the way, that this argument makes God subject to something other than Himself – a real no no).
But the rock challenge is a far nastier question for the theist, because it represents a testable hypothesis. What would actually happen if God ran the experiment? We’d love to know. This problem is only a paradox if one assumes God to be all powerful. We all know the easy way out here… Theists?