It’s an age-old objection to Christian faith, one which has presented a stumbling block for many on their journey to faith. The objection is often put in the form of a three step argument:
(1) If God exists then Belgian strong dark ales will be low calorie.
(2) Belgian strong dark ales are not low calorie.
(3) Therefore, God doesn’t exist.
The argument is logically valid, and the second premise is undoubtedly true.
But what about the first premise? It seems to me that this premise assumes that God could not have morally sufficient reasons to pack excess calories into a dark ale. But I think there is good reason to question that assumption.
For example, God might include high calories in Belgian strong dark ales to force those who drink them to undertake cardiovascular exercise to work off those calories. The additional health benefits that would result from this exercise regime would thereby be sufficient to justify the high caloric content.
And so I conclude that the high caloric content of Belgian strong dark ales does not provide a good objection to the existence of God.