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Does the size of the universe sweep us toward atheism? | Uncommon Descent

November 10, 2017

Maybe the vastness of the universe is a limited glimpse of the even-greater vastness of eternity. Think about it…

“…The size of the universe would only “sweep us towards atheism” if we wanted to go there in the first place. It sounds eerily reminiscent of people explaining why they were “swept” into some kind of corruption or crime.“Philosophical atheist” offers a response, noting that this is an old chestnut and citing Chesterton among others:

“[Spencer] popularized this contemptible notion that the size of the solar system ought to overawe the spiritual dogma of man. Why should a man surrender his dignity to the solar system any more than to a whale? If mere size proves that man is not the image of God, then a whale may be the image of God…. It is quite futile to argue that man is small compared to the cosmos; for man was always small compared to the nearest tree…”

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