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Does the god hypothesis have any explanatory value?
I don't know how this universe got started, what was before, or why it has the properties it does.
But is supposing some inexplicable supernatural beings as responsible a reasonable explanation.
I suggest answering a mystery with a greater mystery is no explanation at all. That asserting god created everything is logically an argument from ignorance.
Not being able to disprove an invisible, immaterial, undetectable, immeasurable, testable concept does not imply the claim is valid. This usually implies a weak argument or position.
Interested in your views and why. Would love to actually hear a reasonable compelling argument for the theist position.
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Thanks all for the comments.
To try sum up, on one side saying the gods did this or that is either unverifiable or false depending on the claim.
If you say the universe was made 6,000 years ago, or that the Earth sits of the back of giant turtle and flies through space, you are simply wrong. If you say a god made the universe to look exactly as we know it to be, there is no evidence of this god or how it did it. The statement can not be tested or verifed. Science has nothing to say on the matter.
Basically, if aspects of religious belief conflicts with the facts and evidence and well established theories that explain these, then the the religious belief is wrong.
But there are areas where we don't have most the answers in science. You can propose supernatural agency, a spiritual realm, immortal souls, but can not prove this either way. These are not scientific claims. They are not scientific explanations. I hope most agree on that.
To say your idea of a god or goddess created the universe is a theological assertion. Depending of the details, if they are vague enough not to conflict with the known scientific facts, then there are near infinite variations of supernatural assertions that have no evidence for what or how. These beliefs may satisfy the believers but they don't actually help us understand what really happened.
You can define something as an eternal, immaterial, powerful intelligence as a solution. You can even say it didn't need a cause or to be created. You could say it has the spiritual form of a squid. But a definition without any proof is not an explanation. You can call it Allah, Yahweh or George and believe it revealed itself to this or that prophet. Not all of these beliefs can be correct. We can not tell which is right because it is all speculative subjective waffle. But they could all be wrong.
A god could have created the universe. But for now we don't know and have no way of knowing. Its an untestable idea that explains nothing really.