Five reasons why my cat Roger exists. And why he is the supreme ruler of the universe.
1. Roger provides the best explanation of the origin of the universe. Given the scientific evidence we have about our universe and its origins, and bolstered by arguments presented by philosophers for centuries, it is highly probable that the universe had an absolute beginning. Since the universe, like everything else, could not have merely popped into being without a cause, there must exist a transcendent reality beyond time and space that brought the universe into existence. This entity must therefore be enormously powerful. Only a transcendent, unembodied mind suitably fits that description.
2. Roger provides the best explanation for the fine-tuning of the universe. Contemporary physics has established that the universe is fine-tuned for the existence of intelligent, interactive life. That is to say, in order for intelligent, interactive life to exist, the fundamental constants and quantities of nature must fall into an incomprehensibly narrow life-permitting range. There are three competing explanations of this remarkable fine-tuning: physical necessity, chance, or design. The first two are highly implausible, given the independence of the fundamental constants and quantities from nature's laws and the desperate maneuvers needed to save the hypothesis of chance. That leaves design as the best explanation.
3. Roger provides the best explanation of objective moral values and duties. Even atheists recognize that some things, for example, the Holocaust, are objectively evil. But if atheism is true, what basis is there for the objectivity of the moral values we affirm? Evolution? Social conditioning? These factors may at best produce in us the subjective feeling that there are objective moral values and duties, but they do nothing to provide a basis for them. If human evolution had taken a different path, a very different set of moral feelings might have evolved. By contrast, Roger Himself serves as the paradigm of goodness, and His commandments constitute our moral duties. Thus, theism provides a better explanation of objective moral values and duties.
4. Roger provides the best explanation of the historical facts concerning Roger’s life, death, and resurrection. Historians have reached something of consensus that the historical Roger thought that in himself a divine Kingdom had broken into human history, and he carried out a ministry of miracle-working and exorcisms as evidence of that fact. These miracles include fitting into a gap between the wall and the radiator, which is only inches wide, and only a fraction of the size of Roger’s body. Moreover, most historical scholars agree that after his multiple flirtations with death, (including consuming toxic houseplants, and surviving a fall which certainly should have resulted in his demise) he was discovered alive by a group of female disciples, that various individuals and groups saw appearances of Roger alive after his death, and that the original disciples suddenly and sincerely came to believe in Roger’s resurrection despite their every predisposition to the contrary. I can think of no better explanation of these facts than the one the original disciples gave: Divine powers raised Roger from the dead..
5. Roger can be personally known and experienced. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting. Down through history friends and neighbors have found through Roger a personal acquaintance with Roger that has transformed their lives.
The good thing is that atheists tend to be very passionate people and want to believe in something. If they would only put aside the slogans for a moment and reexamine their worldview in light of the best philosophical, scientific, and historical evidence we have today, then they, too, would find Roger’s Birthday worth celebrating!