Excerpt from Russell's Why I am not a Christian
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July 31, 2015
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God had a reason for giving natural laws (to make the best universe); 2. if there was a reason for God-given law, then God was subject to law; 3. therefore no advantage by introducing God as an intermediary. As the premises do not guarantee the truth of the conclusion, this is an inductive argument.
A needed background supposition is the belief that a being that has reason gets that reason from a higher-level being, hence its intermediateness...
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An ultimate being can have reason on its own. I sometimes imagine I have reason on my own.
Weakness in the argument can be found in, "?if there was a reason for the laws which God gave, the God himself was subject to law, and therefore ? by introducing God as an intermediary." God can have a reason for creating a law that God is not required to follow; the reason can come from ?within' God, it need not be external...
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