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Beauty is Not Evidence of the Gods

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In the Philosophy and Theology paper (gregspaul.webs.com/Philosophy&Theology.pdf) I explain in part why the common argument that the splendor of creation supports the existence of a moral creator is bogus in part because beauty is too arbitrary an opinion, it being in the eye of the beholder, rather than a firm reality one can base sound conclusions on. And beauty such as it is can stem from amorality or worse. I and many others deem the Supermarine Spitfire fighter of the last world war to be the most elegant and beautiful airplane ever designed and manufactured (I particularly go for the Mk XIV with the five bladed prop). It was a machine gun with wings. Union witnesses to the beginning of Pickett's Charge later said it was the most magnificent thing they ever saw. That war can generate beauty and awe does not morally justify war any more than what we humans think is beautiful about the universe and earth ethically validates the means by which it operates. The big cats are drop dead gorgeous to human eyes, but they make their living by mugging herbivores including sleek antelope and deer who have to live every moment of their lives in alert fear of becoming a killer's meal. That's not a moral arrangement despite all the beauty involved.

 

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Gregory Paul is an independent researcher interested in informing the public about little known yet important aspects of the complex interactions between religion, secularism, culture, economics, politics and societal conditions. His scholarly work (more...)
 

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