Bo Jinn

photo neededIn religion, Bo Jinn (1980-) is the pen name—note: ‘Jinn’ are supernatural creatures, frequently found in Islamic folklore—a Maltesean agnostic turned anti-atheism author of the 2013 ebook Illogical Atheism: a Comprehensive Response to the Contemporary Freethinker from a Lapsed Agnostic, wherein employs the term “atheology” as the study of atheism, discusses “theodicists” (Ѻ), i.e. those attempt to resolve the problem of evil, “negative atheism”, and “fideism”, among other agnostic leaning-toward-theism fence-sitter topics.

Life | Non-life
On the seeming life from non-life problem (aka the great problem of natural philosophy), Jinn states (loc. 2295) that “at some point, on both the theistic and atheist account, life had to have arisen from non-life anyway, whether God was responsible for it or not”, after which he jumps to the following:

“The real question is, could such an eventuality have come about purely as a result of random atomic collisions? That does not seem to me a question that science is apt to answer.”

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Atheism | Miller-Urey experiment
In commentary (loc. 2282) on the 1952 Miller-Urey experiment, Jinn says the following:

“I think that once we have discovered enough, science may well determine that life seems to someway arrange itself form water molecules, stardust, and other chemical compounds.”

However, he then crouches this with the following:

“I cannot help but sense it slightly mystifying that random elements subjected to the laws of physics and chemistry alone should magically arrange themselves into double helixes comprising incomprehensible volumes of information, eventually transmutating their way to macro-organismic life as we know it. What I want to know is why anyone would be compelled to interpret a bizarre idea like that as lending the slightest credibility to atheism.”

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Illogical Atheism (2013)
Jinn's 2013 Illogical Atheism, the cover of which depicting the so-called atheism atrocities fallacy, i.e. the "Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao = atheism" assertion.

Jinn questions
The following (loc. 2080-93) are Jinn’s seeming main philosophical questions:

“Why do we inhabit a universe based on laws? Why does life exist? Why does anything at all exist? Where do morality, beauty, art, truth, and music come from? They seem fairly useless in purely evolutionary terms. Why do we even consider life’s purpose if the universe has none? Why do the planets orbit suns? Why are humans self-aware?

Jinn continues:

“The atheist’s response to all of these questions would no doubt consist in some chance-based explanation on the basis of evolution or Dawkins’ ideas of cosmic Darwinism which, incidentally, would be no less faith-based than a theistic view.”

On these queries, Jinn gives the following as what he conceives at the atheist-materialist worldview:

“The universe somehow ‘works’ and all our beliefs concerning ultimate purpose are little more than biological blunders.”

He continues:

Theists are inclined to view the universe as a grand and beautifully designed machine. Atheists, on the other hand, are disposed to see it as a chaotic mess.”

Then he cited the following commentary, from Newton’s religion-reconciling “General Scholium” (1713), as seeming rebuttal for Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris: [4]

Blind metaphysical necessity, which is certainly the same always and everywhere, could produce no variety of things.”

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Plantinga’s argument
Jinn gives the following nutshell summary (loc. 1979) of the so-called “evolutionary argument against naturalism” (or Darwin’s doubt), which is attributed to American philosopher Alvin Plantinga (1993): [3]

Atheism gives us very good reasons to doubt the truth of any of our beliefs, bearing in mind that those beliefs are purely the result of matter and energy, unguided by any higher intelligence or scope (God), which is what naturalism (atheism) presupposes. There is no reason why a mindless evolutionary process centered only on survival is meant to produce beings capable of discovering truth, for the simple reason that evolution is not concerned in the very slightest with truth.”

The first incorrect point of this assertion, in respect to "survival" was pointed out by Robert Pirsig (1991). The rest of the statement is incorrect, in that it misattributes presuppositions about "naturalism", i.e. what is natural and unnatural, in respect to matter and energy, to Darwin, whereas correctly the attribution is Clausius (or rather Gibbs, as per evolutionary systems are concerned, i.e. the replacement or rather usurpment of God's energy with Gibbs energy).

Atheist’s reality | Misconception
Jinn gives the following formula (loc. 1746) for what he says is the “atheist’s description of reality”:

Matter + Energy + Time + Chance/Necessity = Reality

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Atheist’s view | Misconceptions
See main: Atheist misconceptions
The following are atheism misconception statements by Jinn:

“We are born, we live, we die, we do in between what we please and the only authority on reality the atheist can possibly logically recognize is his own; not matter, not energy and not science. This is the atheist view. And this is really the only thing that separates atheism from any other religion.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 954)

This quote, to note, Jinn bases on the following statement by Dawkins:

“In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”
Richard Dawkins (1995), River Out of Eden (pg. 133)

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Purpose
The following are discussions on purpose:

“Dawkins maintains the universe has no final purpose.”
Richard Dawkins (1995), River out of Eden (pg. 133) (loc. 1655)

“The neo-Darwinian account of evolution is that of a random and unguided process of human life evolving from matter and energy with no preceding scope or purpose.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 2235), per citation of David Berlinski [5]

Determinism | Automata
Jinn, on the subject of the nature of our actions in a deterministic universe, cites (loc. 2365) the following:

“If we were deterministic beings, what would validate the claim that our utterance constituted rational discourse? Would not the sounds issuing from mouths, or the marks issuing on paper, be simply the actions of automata?”
John Polkinghorne (1998), Science and Theology [7]

Here, the discourses of Rene Descartes (c.1610), on automatons and “I think therefore I am”, and that of Gilbert Lewis (1925), on whether crystals think or the writing of his book was but a chemical reaction, are two noted ventures into this seeming problem. The general solution has to do with an electromagnetic chemical cybernetic feedback way in which photons flux through the chemical structure growth of the exoderm layer of the outer earth, in a cyclical regrowth manner.

God and the gaps
Jinn cites and discusses the God of the gap argument as follows:

“Theologians, such as Bonhoeffer, worry that because the gaps shrink as science advances, that eventually God will be threatened with having nothing to do and nowhere to hide.”
Richard Dawkins (2006), The God Delusion (pg. 125) (loc. 1586)

“God does nothing more than perform the function of filling in the residual gray areas in present scientific wisdom.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 1587)

Negative proof | Non-existence argument
Jinn says the following is a profoundly inane contention:

“You cannot prove the non-existence of anything.”
Richard Dawkins (2006), The God Delusion (pg. 54) (loc. 1334)

A variant of this, to note, is Ayn Rand’s 1979 Donahue rebuttal: “you are never called upon to prove a negative. That is a law of logic.” These reasonings, although sharp, are not without precedence: the famous 1798 cannon boring experiment (1798) proved the non-existence of caloric and the Michelson-Morley experiment (1887) proved (Ѻ) the non-existence of aether. Similar such experiments should be able to prove the non-existence of God. The null results from American physician Duncan MacDougall’s soul weighing experiments (1901) is one example of such.

Penrose | Low entropy condition
Jinn, at one point (loc. 2244), mentions what theists, e.g. William Craig, seem to cite often (Ѻ), as the “low entropy condition”, attributed to a quote by Roger Penrose about the improbability of the low entropy or low entropy state of the earlier universe, or something along these lines. [6]

New atheism
Jinn, whose book seems to be a reaction to the new atheism movement, characterizes the new atheists as such:

“After Harris came high pope Dawkins, then cardinal Hitchens, the bishop Dennett, and then the lower and more moderate figures in this new atheist priesthood: Krauss, Stenger, Atkins, Shermer [and all the rest] e bella compagnia.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 286)

Anti-theist
Jinn describes the anti-theist as follows:

“The anti-theist not only does not believe that God exists, but hates the fact that other people do believe it. And this, essentially, is the most pronounced feature of the new atheist movement.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 1215)

God believing | Scientists
Jinn cites the following as scientists who, in his view, saw no conflict between god and science:

“People like Isaac Newton, Thomas Bayes, Kepler, Bacon, Leibniz, Faraday, Lord Kelvin, Max Planck and Einstein, were all men who saw no conflict between science and God.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 1676)

The inclusion of Bacon and Planck in this listing seem to be an ongoing case of misattribution.

Education
Jinn describes himself, in religious position, as a “lapsed agnostic”, and generally as a social critic, insufferable cynic, doctor of law, and minor scholar engaged in philosophy, sociology, psychology, and the classical literature. [3]

Quotes cited
The following are noted scholars and their representative quotes cited by Jinn:

“New motor roads dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religions, godless.”
— Arthur Guiterman (1936), Gaily the Troubadour (Ѻ) (loc. 1263)

“I ought to call myself an agnostic; but, for all practical purposes, I am an atheist.”
Bertrand Russell (1952), Is There a God (Ѻ), cited at loc. 2890

“I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-formed people I know are religious believers.”
Thomas Nagel (1997), The Last Word, cited at loc. 2995

“I regard it as ethically unacceptable and impractical to censor any aspect of trying to understand the nature of our world.”
Lewis Wolpert (2002) “Is Science Dangerous” (Ѻ)

“I have found it an amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus, Apollo, Amon Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor, Woton, the Golden Calf and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I just go one god further.”
Richard Dawkins (2006), The God Delusion (pg. 53), cited at loc. 2422

Atheism is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a ‘non-astrologer’ or a ‘non-alchemist’ Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.”
Sam Harris (2006), Letter to a Christian Nation, cited at loc. 2969

“Losing a belief in free will has not made me fatalistic. In fact, it has increased my feelings of freedom!”
Sam Harris (2012), Free Will, cited at loc. 2347

Quotes
The following are noted quotes:

“Be religious …. or be smart.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 1129)

“Every gap that science closes, ten more seem to open up.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 1765)

“Jews/Christians/Muslims/Hindus are stupid; therefore God does not exist.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 1793)

Sam Harris markets neo-Buddhist ‘universal’ spiritualism to his followers.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 2042)

“Psychological benefits of religious faith have a lot more to do with the reestablishment of an objective purpose in life, without which human existence logically and inevitably degenerates into nihilism.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 2056)

“The human being, on logarithmic scale, as John Lennox points out, is about half way between an atom and the universe.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 2143)

“People only believe in God/gods because they are forced to by social institutions, family, state, and so on.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 2751)

“The more belief in ‘God’ dwindles, the more belief in some kind of spirit or ‘life force’ rises.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 2761)

“The new atheist movement opened a Pandora’s box.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 2864)

“God is a proposition unsupported by reason or evidence.”
— Bo Jinn (2013), Illogical Atheism (loc. 2914)

References
1. Jinn, Bo. (2013). Illogical Atheism: a Comprehensive Response to the Contemporary Freethinker from a Lapsed Agnostic (eB). Sattwa Publishing, 2014.
2. Bo Jinn (about ) – Amazon.com.
3. Evolutionary argument against naturalism – Wikipedia.
4. (a) Newton, Isaac. (1713). “General Scholium” (pdf), in: Principia. Publisher.
(b) General Scholium – Wikipedia.
5. Berlinski, David. (2008). The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions. Basic Books.
6. Penrose, Roger. (1989). The Emperor’s New Mind (pg. 339-45). Penguin.
7. (a) Polkinghorne, John. (1998). Science and Theology: an Introduction (pg. 58). Fortress Press.
(b) Lennox, John. (2011). God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway? Lion.

External links
Bo Jinn (author) – Facebook.


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