There’s really only one way that I can think of to get to a rational belief in a “God” – as in anthropomorphic magical djinni in the sky casting lightning bolts and magically waving things into existence without the benefit of a human body and brain. A belief that defies mature common sense (and should be an immediate disqualifier for anyone running for political office, as it’s a form of mental illness in adulthood), and otherwise is in the realm of fairy tales along with Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, etc. and long dispelled mythologies that now exist purely in a historical and literary context such as the Greek Mythologies of Zeus, etc. (and we can only hope the abrahamic religions will soon join them there) – and that would be through the concepts in the paper by Nick Bostrom for instance (“Are you living in a Computer Simulation” http://www.simulation-argument.com/simulation.html). This is not a new concept, various elements of it have been discussed in various forms for a long time, in science fiction and otherwise (note the end part of the Start Trek NG episode “ship in a bottle.”
Nick Bostrom wrote a famous paper that collected these concepts in a compelling proposal that is a worthy read, but of course from the Matrix and Star Trek and other movies and books it’s been discussed for a long time, mainly in Scifi, but deduced in Computer Science realms for a long time as well. The fact that your child is running “The Sims” on your desktop computer, along with extrapolating “Moore’s Law” for computing power doubling every 18 months that has more or less kept pace for some 30 years now, we can see that it would be no problem some decades forward that your 10 year old will be running simulations in some game on his, well, whatever portable consumer computing device exists by then, that fully simulates entire realities populated with full conscience beings with intellects equal to ours that think themselves in a simulation. In that case, your 10 year old will be the “God”, acting every bit as capriciously as the “Christian” God acts in this reality (ahem, again, assuming such a being, and only in the case that we are in fact running in a simulation)
My name is Chris Swearingin and I am the Director of The Reason Institute. Let’s work to educate, and hopefully relegate current organized religion to the realm of bygone mythologies and fairy-tales, these scams that are run by con artists and institutions infecting our young peoples minds with magical mystical nonsense, and instead of devoting those resources to true education in Science and Logic. Join me at The Reason Institute.
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Christopher Swearingin, Director of The Reason Institute