Since time immemorial, humanity has looked to the heavens with a mixture of rapture and curiousity. Certainly, it is an impressive display, far surpassing anything humanity can possibly hope to engineer in our present form. Man, being the inquisitive being that he is, not only conjectured on how everything presumed to work, but also how everything came to be. In the absence of a rational process built specifically to determine the factual basis of a phenomenon, it was only natural fo early man to create a being, much like himself, that had created the universe and all that inhabits it. That was then, this is now.
When I regard the world today, I find it hard to fathom why so many still buy the idea of a sentient, all powerful god. It is a terribly complicated solution to a problem, with absolutely no factual basis to back it up. Also, the always helpful principle of Occam’s razor, which states that the least fantastical claim, with the least amount of conjecture present is usually closest to the truth, contradicts the idea of an all knowing creator who designed and implemented the phenomena of the universe. It is all too predictable for the human race to immediately assume that the universe must be designed, as everything we interact with daily is designed by us. If the universe was indeed a creation, it is a very poor one, with waste and excess prevalent throughout.
An example of this waste and excess would be Natural Selection. Over 98% of species that have ever resided on Earth are now extinct. Not a great success rate. Another example would be formation and destruction of stellar systems. Some red giants are quite gluttonous, devouring the vast quantities of material quickly, leaving portions of the universe devoid of stars. Yes, they generate heavier elements, but they also waste a great deal in doing so. Eventually, there will be no more stars burning, as the material will be exhausted. There could be a much more efficient system present, but that is not so. Also, String and M theory, which is supported by mathematic calculation, is set to unify all of the major forces of the universe, and explain the moment of creation, along with the times before it, with no need for a creator.
Also, we can now trace the geneology of a god back through the generations and eras, to its original advent and proliferation . We can, through archaeological knowledge, and anthropological research, witness the various stages of the “god phenomenon”. First, it most likely originated with the sun and other celestial bodies, then proceeded to be personified by polytheistic deities, which were much more comforting and understood with a human face involved. Finally, the monotheistic god came into play with the Hebrews, who’s solitary, demanding situation suited a single god who favored their people. It is curious how this all knowing, all powerful deity’s desires and tendencies almost exactly mirror that of the population who worships him, isn’t it?
All in all, the idea of a creator is terribly wanting, and quite irresponsible. It provides absolutely no proof to support its astronomical claims, and its origins can be traced back to horrendously flawed religious assumptions. Asserting that there is a sentient creator is pretty much the same as claiming that animals arise through spontaneous generation. Both of the ideas are woefully nostalgic in character, and pedantic in mindset. In the end, we cannot yet completely discard the notion of a Deist creator like we can a Theist god, but we can disregard it as an intellectual and scientific folly, of which there is no factual basis, only senseless conjecture, wishful nostalgia, and oversight of the vast preponderance of scientific data that indicates a completely materialistic and naturalistic generation of the universe.