As usual I’m late in my response.
Exactly. That mystery is what we call, “God”.
I’ll help you here. Dawkins has no explanation for the multiverse (at least not in The God Delusion). He merely uses it as an explanation for this universe. He does state something like, “Some have stated that I merely made up something like I claim the theists do.” He then states that God is more, “complicated” than the multiverse and is therefore an, “inferior option”. He clearly doesn’t understand multiverses, or God, because multiverses are enormously more complicated than God. He also negates to mention that there is literally no evidence of the multiverse.
Speaking of Dawkins, I find it remarkable how deeply the atheists posting here have been influenced by such a weak intellectual atheist. After having read his most famous work, some of his articles and reviews of his other works I’ve come up with what I call, “Richard Dawkins’ Unwritten Disproofs of God”. Here are 3:
- Evolution disproves the bible and God
- The universe not being created in 6 days disproves God and the bible
- The fact that God doesn’t appear in the sky, TV or on peoples’ phones disproves the notion of God
(I actually have more but those are the only ones I could think of off of the top of my head.) One that I find some skeptics seem to believe is, “the fact there are multiple religions proves that none is correct”.
When I recently visited Dawkins’ website, the messages left by his fans were all about how awesome the physical existence is, especially from a scientific perspective. One person said something like, “You won’t find such descriptions of nature in the bible.” And they’re right. The bible merely teaches about the creator of nature.
A couple of points to be made here. Focusing on the word, “feelings”, many atheists, some maybe even subconsciously, think that theism is an, “emotional” reaction to the greatness of the world. Firstly, the fact that there is an emotive element to faith doesn’t logically lead to the conclusion that theism is an, “emotionally derived belief”.
Secondly, based on conversations with atheists, I’ve found that there is no lack of emotion when they give me their reasons for lack of faith. Many have said similar things as the following, “I don’t believe in God because he let my brother die!” (one person said exactly that). In fact, at least in my experience, the reasons for a person’s atheism often start with emotional reactions of mistreatment by a religious person, or the abuses of religion in the past. Or, further, they don’t agree with teachings of the bible, especially teachings on sexual morality. Most don’t get as intellectually deep as the posters here, at least not at the time they decided against God.
In the end, the data from this existence seems to get processed differently in people. Most instinctively recognize that there is something beyond the physical yet others do not. But everyone has faith in something. The leaders of your movement, at least the popular ones, have faith in the multiverse (Dawkins, Tegmark, degrasse Tyson). They talk about the multiverse as if there is no doubt of it’s existence, even though there is, as I stated above, literally no evidence of it’s existence and no way to possibly, “prove it”.
This statement fails to adequately address evil conduct and falls into the, “evil is relative” claptrap. Hitler deliberately set out mass murder and genocide. The thought came into his brain, then the neurons reacted so you can’t attribute evil behavior to, “physical events” in most cases of evil conduct. How someone can get inhuman needs an explanation and there are no satisfying answers outside the existence of an evil force. In fact, in my many spiritual conversations with as many as were willing, evil gets people to ponder spirituality probably more than good.
And that brings me into my final point about everyone having faith in something. Yourself and @T_aquaticus have faith that the physical can explain everything. That has to be considered a matter of faith since honest, objective physicists (and really anyone who understands science) say that we will never know how the universe initiated since we can’t test models outside of spacetime. Good, evil, beauty, complexity, order, fine-tunedness, etc. as well demand answers. But I’ll say this for you guys, you have a lot more faith than I do!