In Michael Tooley's essay he talks about the difference between believing in Christian mythology and simply believing in some sort of god. This difference, I think, is one that has pushed many atheists to jump to conclusions, or rather, not considering the difference. Myself included. I used to be a full-on atheist for most of my life for this very reason. Whenever I thought of God, I thought of the God portrayed by the big three.
Then I played an old video-game called Xenosaga that made me think about the idea of God in a much different light. (trust me I know how dorky that sounds) I won't go into detail about the plot of the game, if you want to know just play it yourself, but it essentially merged divinity and science into one idea.
Ever since then I have been unable to look at the world around me and think that such a thing in all its finely-tuned wonder and beauty could simply happen for no reason at all. I now firmly believe that some sort of conscious entity thought all this up and either manifested or is actively manifesting reality as we see it. I have already discussed one of my theories about the nature of such an entity in my "United Mind" posts. Perhaps I will discuss one of the others in the next extended post project.
Q: Does Tooley think it would be good if it turned out that God does indeed exist?