I’ll go out on a limb here and say the third option is the most persuasive…
We’ll have to add to the Big List of God Proofs.
(via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)
I have not had the pleasure of being acquainted with the physiological proof of God. I’m sure it is more convincing than the other two (since the bar is pretty low), but it will never be as awesome as the ontological proof. I mean, just look at the picture that they have for it in the comic.
Cone-head alien Jesus is awesome!
Honestly, I’d say the most effective proof is the “Everyone else believes it too” proof.
Not logically sound, just effective. Social pressure in our species can be very strong.
Nope. The third option is why I was brought up an Atheist. Well, agnostic, really. I choose to hop off the fence myself.
My mom was watching film in school showing fisherman “harvesting God’s bounty”. She asked, “what happens when the fish run out?” and was soundly thrashed for doubting the will and power of god.
While locked in the closet afterward, she came to the realization that such an irrational response would only occur if they were hiding some obvious flaw.
Wise woman, my mom.
There is also the Parental Proof: Picture very small child, with loving parents telling the poor kid that god, does in fact exist.
Too bad kids at that age ar enot old enough to ask their parents for proof.
The Argument from Incredulity is my favourite.
1) Isn’t X amazing!
2) I don’t understand how X could be, without something else (that I don’t really understand either) making or doing X.
3) This something else must be God because I can’t come up with a better explanation.
4) Therefore, God exists.
Yes, you’re too stupid to get through life without fairy stories or decent arguments to support your beliefs