The New God Argument is a logical argument for faith in God. Given assumptions consistent with contemporary science and technological trends, the argument proves that if we trust in our own superintelligent potential then we should also trust that superintelligent posthumanity probably would be more compassionate than we are and created our world. Because a compassionate creator may qualify as God in some religions, trust in our own superintelligent potential may entail faith in God, and atheism may entail distrust in our superintelligent potential.

Faith Assumption

F1

humanity will not become extinct before evolving into superintelligent posthumanity
(assumption)

Compassion Argument

CO1

EITHER humanity probably will become extinct before evolving into superintelligent posthumanity
OR superintelligent posthumanity probably would not have more decentralized destructive capacity than we
OR superintelligent posthumanity probably would be more compassionate than we are
(assumption)

CO2

superintelligent posthumanity probably would have more decentralized destructive capacity than we
(assumption)

CO3

superintelligent posthumanity probably would be more compassionate than we are
(deduction from CO1, CO2, and F1)

Creation Argument

CR1

EITHER humanity probably will become extinct before evolving into superintelligent posthumanity
OR superintelligent posthumanity probably would not create many worlds emulating its evolutionary history
OR superintelligent posthumanity probably created our world
(assumption)

CR2

superintelligent posthumanity probably would create many worlds emulating its evolutionary history
(assumption)

CR3

superintelligent posthumanity probably created our world
(deduction from CR1, CR2, and F1)

God Conclusion

G1

BOTH superintelligent posthumanity probably would be more compassionate than we are
AND superintelligent posthumanity probably created our world
(deduction from CO3 and CR3)

For Mormons

This is a presentation of the first version of the New God Argument to a Mormon audience in 2008.

For Transhumanists

This is a presentation of the second version of the New God Argument to a Transhumanist audience in 2010.

Definitions

compassion : capacity to refrain from thwarting or to assist with achieving goals

creation : the process of modifying situations to achieve goals

faith : trust : belief that something is reliable or effective for achieving goals

God : superintelligent posthumanity that is more compassionate than we are and that created our world

humanity : all organisms of the homo sapiens species

intelligence : capacity to achieve goals across diverse situations

posthumanity : evolutionary descendents of humanity

superintelligence : intelligence that is greater than that of its evolutionary ancestors in every way

Publications

Theology and Science Cover

The third version of the New God Argument appears in "What is Mormon Transhumanism?", published in volume 13 issue 2 of the journal of Theology and Science in May 2015.

Parallels and Convergences Cover

The second version of the New God Argument appears in "Theological Implications of the New God Argument", published in Parallels and Convergences: Mormon Thought and Engineering Vision in 2012.

Commentary

Redding, Micah. "The New God Argument and A New Apologetics." Micah Redding. 21 Jan. 2016. Web.

Cannon, Lincoln. "New God Argument (Version 3.2)." Lincoln Cannon. 25 June 2015. Web.

Cannon, Lincoln. "New God Argument (Version 3.1)." Lincoln Cannon. 18 Apr. 2015. Web.

Cannon, Jonathan. "Reason to Believe." Rational Faiths. 21 July 2014. Web.

Cannon, Lincoln. "New God Argument (Version 3.0)." Lincoln Cannon. 9 May 2014. Web.

West, Joseph. "Theological Implications of the New God Argument." YouTube. 22 May 2012. Web.

Cannon, Lincoln. "Trust in Posthumanity and the New God Argument." Lincoln Cannon. 3 Oct. 2010. Web.

Cannon, Lincoln. "Inspired by Richard Dawkins' 'The God Delusion'." Lincoln Cannon. 27 June 2010. Web.

Cannon, Lincoln. "Theological Implications of the New God Argument." Lincoln Cannon. 26 Mar. 2010. Web.

Cannon, Lincoln. "New God Argument (Version 2.0)." Lincoln Cannon. 26 Mar. 2010. Web.

Cannon, Lincoln, Joseph West, and Chris Bradford. "The New God Argument Begins." Lincoln Cannon. 9 Aug. 2008. Web.

Cannon, Lincoln. "New God Argument (Version 1.0)." Lincoln Cannon. 8 Aug. 2008. Web.