It is theists who believe in creation ex nihilo.harvey1 wrote: I think there's a reasonable case to be made that some people have a physical predisposition toward atheism. Having talked to atheists for many years I notice a preference to these points as being reasonable beliefs:
1) Something can come from absolutely nothing.
It is theists who promote belief in an eternal god.2) There could exist a cause for every effect going back in time without any beginning.
Unlike the others, this one seems fair to me. We don't look at the Mississippi river, and say, "What are the odds against that river accidentally being exactly there. The odds are extraordinary, so we must conclude that somebody wanted the river to be exactly there.3) Fine-tuning presupposes a design objective that when nature is properly understood does not exist so there is no coincidence problem with the physical constants.
I doubt that this is a fair articulation of your point.4) Consciousness is merely electrochemical processes in the brain that results (or is identical with) consciousness that is itself causally efficacious as an emergent system of the brain.
But, in any case, if an atheist did say that human consciousness is just electrochemical processes, that might sound as strange to you as it would sound to us if a theist said that Jehovah's consciousness is just magic.
The infinite regress seems to me no more ridiculous than an uncaused beginning. We don't like either of them. We find them indigestible.Now each of these beliefs strike me as ridiculous once we get to the nitty gritty as to what they actually mean. But, surprising to me, atheists continue to defend these beliefs, and not only defend they often expect others to think it is irrational to deny them.
A theist might arbitrarily pick one as true. Either, "A is true because B is ridiculous," or, "B is true because A is ridiculous."
An atheist might respond, "Well, one of them may be true, but I don't know which one."
I might quibble with your word "physical," but I think people do have predispositions.So, given that these are often intelligent folks making these claims, this leads me to ponder whether there is a physical predisposition to see the world atheistically. It seems that there is reason to believe this is the case.
But predispositions aren't destiny. By behaving reprehensibly while claiming to be the party of religion, the Republicans may be overcoming the predispositions of millions of people who would otherwise be theists.