I found this video on a skeptics of the skeptics search. There are of course those that challenge skeptics and their methodology. Part of the argument against skeptics is that if it is true that people can have things they need to believe and create philosophies and ideas that support that belief then the skeptics can be guilty of it too. They could create ideas and have their own ‘unsinkable rubber ducks’ like other belief systems. There are things skeptics might be clinging to that cause them not to see something even when it is in front of their noses because the don’t want to see it. Skeptics argue that this is a quality of religion and spiritualism, I and many others would argue it is the quality of being human.
Cause and effect is a basic tenet of skepticism. It involves the simple idea that everything can be explained by looking at what caused it. Skeptics do not generally believe that something is not the effect of some cause. That is why many do not believe in God or the supernatural. These things do not have a cause so they cannot be real. The argument against this is presented in the video quite well as soon as you engage the scientific belief in the Big Bang. The question comes down to where did the original matter and energy come from that caused the Big Bang? Where did the cosmic egg of the universe come from? This is where even the atheist and skeptic run into some the same problems the theist does:
1) The universe is a constant – The universe then defies the law of cause and effect. Without cause and effect then we enter back into the realm of something that is beyond nature to explain and thus a supernatural explanation must be present for the existence of the universe seeing this answer defies the law of cause and effect. This skeptic finds himself in an inconsistent position with this answer. He dismisses God because God defies the law but he maintains a constant universe which also would defy this law.
2) The universe just created itself – How would the universe create itself? This too defies the Law of cause and effect. If you don’t believe in God because of the law of cause and effect, then how do you have universe you believe in if it created itself. It is like saying God created himself.
3) Virtual Particles – Particles that come from nothing so maybe things can come from nothing scientifically. If so doesn’t that mean then God is scientifically possible? If the answer to God is he is not possible because you can’t get something from nothing how do you get particles from nothing?
4) Eternally Oscillating Universe, etc. – The video hits the nail on the head as none of these theories can be observed scientifically. The biggest complaint skeptics and atheists have is God can’t be observed scientifically so why would these theories hold any more water than the existence of God?
5) I don’t agree with cause and effect – Then you can never use the law of cause and effect to underpin your arguments against God.
Now before we get too giddy as theists we need to realize that we too cannot use the law of cause and effect. We actually have to take the tactic that cause and effect are at time suspended and that while this law of science is in general always there, there must be some times when the law can be or is suspended. We also have to consider that other answers might be brought forward.
Cause and effect seem to be one of those arguments that all sides run into problems with applying to their arguments. Sooner or later we all seem to run into an uncaused cause which is something few of us can accept and that cannot be explained scientifically.