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Theological and philosophical arguments for or against the existence of gods pale in comparison with accumulated human experience. Humans have never stumbled upon any gods, nor have we found any gods by purposeful searching. Arguments to the contrary make no sense. Why argue?

Gods have never been discovered in the pursuit of everyday life, whether in day-to-day activities, hobbies, or entertainments. Beliefs are everywhere, but the thing itself is never there.

Nobody has ever detected a god in the pursuit of graphic arts, music, performing arts, architecture, engineering, medicine, any technical trade, retail or wholesale sales, or sports, nor are gods needed to explain any of these activities. Theistic beliefs have sometimes been the stimulus or subject matter for these activities, but theism has never contributed materially to them.

In the past 500 years, scientists have not found gods, or needed gods to explain, archeology, geology, paleontology, botany, cell biology, molecular biology, evolution, chemistry, classical physics, cosmology, quantum mechanics, or dozens of other categories of phenomena. Theism has served only to confound or deny the validity of these studies.

The universe has been explored and explained, from galaxies to quanta, and never has it been necessary to invoke the existence of gods to see or to understand nature. In the face of all this, where or when are gods, or the belief in gods, necessary? Upon what evidence are these beliefs founded?

Theologians claim that atheists simply do not spend enough time examining the intricacies of advanced theological arguments. But these arguments are invariably based upon premises for which there is no evidence. Arguments cannot bring reality into existence; either they are based upon reality, or they merely create elaborate fantasies.

When atheists engage in theological arguments, even as a wry form of entertainment, they are granting the basic validity of a theological viewpoint. An invitation to engage in such arguments should simply be countered with the question, “Based upon what evidence?”

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