Let me summarize Demonstrating the Non-existence of God with the Stenger Method.
First, you will note that I begin with two empirical facts:
1. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Victor Stenger, Jerry Coyne, and PZ Myers all misinform the public that science has shown God does not exist.
2. However, not one of these scientists has ever published a single, experimental research study that shows God does not exist.
This, by itself, should cause people to question the assertions of these five men, for they are not truly qualified to make such pronouncements and don’t know what they are talking about. This can be easily shown by asking any of them this simple question: “You say that science has shown there to be no evidence for the existence of God. Well, if God did exist, what type of data would science possibly uncover as evidence for God’s existence?” Their answers will clearly demonstrate that their entire anti-God position is built on God-of-the-Gaps reasoning.* This is their logic:
If there was a God, there must be a Gap. There is no Gap, therefore, there must be no God.
Victor Stenger himself makes this abundantly clear in the quotation I provided.
My little, sarcastic piece is 554 words in length. Those 554 words capture the essence and core of the New Atheist’s “science has shown there is no God” posturing – everything from the flawed methodology, the flawed reasoning, the feigned objectivity, the attempt to appear sciencey, the lazy approach, and the smug conclusions that are supposedly derived from the flawed, lazy methods and reasoning.
So the next time a New Atheist goes on and on about how science has shown there to be no God, it doesn’t really matter if their argument is full of huffing and puffing, or it is presented in some calm, seemingly reasonable manner full of fancy words – unless they have come up with a completely new and novel argument, it will ultimately boil down to the 554 words known as Demonstrating the Non-existence of God with the Stenger Method.
*In some cases it is worse. Both Myers and Dawkins have publicly admitted that nothing could ever count as evidence for God. Thus, their taunts of there being no evidence for God are nothing more than sneaky posturing. And you, dear theist, are supposed to take the bait and allow them to pose as judge and jury in their kangaroo court.