Thursday, April 28, 2016
Darwin and Kant's Views on God (Part 2)
Megan Loveless- Section 4
Darwin and Kant’s Views on God (Part 2)
I would have to agree with Darwin’s views on religion, not only because I am also agnostic though. I believe that there is no way to know if there is a God or not. Darwin says that the human mind could not grasp the understanding of a god. I agree with this statement and his doubts of a God that would allow such suffering in the world. Who is to say that certain people deserve specific suffering and others don’t? It does not make sense to me that a God exists that would let these things happen. I might be biased by believing in evolution, but I think it disproves that God created all. One of the main concepts of believing in God is that God created life. I do not believe God created life because of evolution, therefore, I highly doubt there is a God.
I agree with Kant on his view that we have “mental spectacles” and see the world through the human mind. There is a possibility that our human brains do not see things as they are or cannot fathom certain knowledge, but I do believe we can study science enough to get an idea if there is or is not a God. However, there is really no way for humans to know for sure. Kant says that there is a God if “goodness is rewarded and evil punished.” This is not necessarily true because as we see in every day life, criminals can go unpunished and good people can go without ever getting what they deserve. I think this view of Kant’s backfires and actually disproves that God exists. Overall though, I do not believe human minds could fathom a God. There are several theories that God lives outside of time, but no human could fully understand that and prove it. So to answer the original question, “s the whole subject of God too profound for human intellect?” Absolutely.
My favorite philosopher would be Friedicich Nietzsche, as I have always found him to be remarkably insightful. His philosophy on religion is what I find most interesting, specifically his works such as The Antichrist and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. While some find him to be a bit over the top or too scattered on his views on different topics, it is quite definite that he believed in working toward a society without religion. His famous proclamation that “god is dead” showed that to be a concrete vision of his.