Is Atheism Rational, An Argument Based On Size
Is atheism rational? The answer is no. It is dogma. You cannot make a rational statement that there is no God in a universe as big as we know ours to be. The size of the universe eliminates certitude in any negative affirmation as to what is not in the universe. In like fashion, I can say that there is a car in the garage but because of the garage size in contrast to the size of a dust mite, I cannot say there are no dust mites in the garage unless I intervene and create an environment where dust mites cannot exist or create an instrument that will aid me in seeing them. The difference between the car and the mites is the size. The size of the garage and the size of the thing I’m looking for matters. The size of the universe does not prove there is a God, but it does eliminate atheism as a rational opinion. The more manly option would be agnosticism, which confesses that it just does not know whether there’s a God or not. I say more manly because it is often uncomfortable for human beings to know and confess their lack of certitude in a belief.
The size of the universe also puts a demand on how one describes the God who created it. If you believe that a being created the universe it would seem logical that the being must be greater than or at least equal to the thing created. This would mean that the human mind could not fathom this being (if it be lawful to call it a being) for we cannot fathom the universe much less the force that created it. One of the great problems in trying to define the deity is that such a deity would be, out of necessity, outside of nature and we humans only know and have natural words and concepts to explain anything. So immediately, our language would fail us in describing such a being. That is why some people when referring to such a being refer to him as the Totally Other or the Uncreated One or as some of the mystic’s “nothingness”.
It would be safe to say that human beings will never be able to say that the infinitely small or the infinitely big cannot exist. It is more rational to say that they exist and yet because of our finiteness, we cannot observe them. In this instance, our faith that such a being exists is based on the overall understanding of the universe and how it is put together, not on specific facts of science.