Although sometimes quite entertaining (This One would be the Ace of Spades, IMHO), the ongoing and never ending debate on the topic of the existence of God serves only the debate itself. And despite that it creates a neat platform for those who otherwise would’ve remained in obscurity -Matt Dillahunty comes to mind- offering counterpoints to the various mental gymnastics also known as religious apologetics, remains an abortive procedure. This is mainly the case because attempting to show that an argument for the existence of God is erroneous or fallacious, forgoes a much more pressing question, namely: what the hell is a god?
Every argument for the existence of God is circular in the sense that it must invoke the notion of a god before even getting started to build a case for it. How this remains elusive to even the most fervent counter-debater has always escaped me. For a god to exist, there must be a set of gods, even if that set only contains one item. So one must first show that this set is evident, which apparently no one ever has even bothered to try.
For Brontosaurus to have existed, there must have been a set, a class, a genus to which this species belonged, and of course there is (sauropod dinosaurs). And even if the label is made up, it can be demonstrated to be factually true. Likewise, for the Earth to be a spherical object called a planet circling a larger celestial body, planets must exist in the first place for that classification to work.
Not so with gods, apparently.
No, when it comes to gods we can just jump straight in and start blathering away about prime movers, how something can or cannot come from nothing, why men have nipples and the reason why some people have survived the most perilous brushes with physics, against seemingly impossible odds.
It’s not that God or gods don’t exist; to quote Noam Chomsky: “Who knows and who cares..”. It’s just that every time they are argued for, a much needed first step in the argument is missing, only to emerge at the end of it.
That is why every argument for the existence of God is circular.