Yesterday I received a request to help take apart the argument in this image:
This argument relies on a series of false analogies to insinuate that it is wrong to not believe in a god. It starts by drawing the following comparisons:
- birth – death
- Mom – God
- normal life (after birth) – life in heaven (after death)
So let’s tackle this in order.
Birth and death are not equal
The comparison between birth and death is a terrible one. Birth is a developmental milestone. When an individual is born, they keep their body; as opposed to death, which is the ceasing of the functioning of the body. Putting aside the problem of fetuses asking such a ridiculous question, there would be evidence to the fetus of life outside of the womb. Really, this question is more like asking “do you think there is life after I leave my house?”
It’s better to believe in Mom
Let’s continue to accept that the fetuses in this scenario are capable of all of the faculties that a fully formed adult human being has, with all of the sensory functioning that goes with it. To these fetuses, there would be plenty of evidence for Mom. For one, they are connected via umbilical cord to Mom. This is a huge difference that cannot be ignored. This is a physical connection, it is tangible. There is no such connection to any god. Some will argue for a spiritual connection, however, this connection is not something that everybody has, and there isn’t evidence that this connection is more than just in the head of the believer. There would be lots of other evidence for Mom too, such as her ever present heartbeat and her voice. These would be observable things that would leave any logical thinking person to conclude that Mom is in fact real.
The evidence for life after birth (not live afterbirth)
To the fetuses, there would be evidence that life occurs outside the womb. The voices of others would be a big tip-off. As well as occasional physical interactions of people touching and placing their hands on the outside of the womb.
With these poor comparisons, the argument is made that just as it is silly for a fetus not to believe in mom, it should be equally silly for us to not believe in God. However, as I have demonstrated, there should be plenty of evidence for all of the things our little atheist fetus doesn’t believe in, unlike any of the gods that are out there. There has yet to be provided any demonstrable evidence for any deity. This image does a very poor job of making an argument in the favor of theism.