Can God’s Existence Be Proven?

Statement

It is impossible to prove whether or not God exists.

Q1 Analysis

This statement may be a Q1 violation if you are not examining this issue as rigorously as you might examine other issues or if you are using the word "prove" in a way that you would not use it in another context.

Q2 Analysis

This statement may be a Q2 violation if you would not allow someone else to use arguments similar to yours to demonstrate that the existence of something other than God cannot be proven or disproven.

Discussion

If you believe that the existence of God can be neither proven nor disproven, it is likely because you assert that anything that appears to be a sign of divine existence could have a more likely, completely non-supernatural explanation. For example, if you hear that someone walked on water, you would conclude that it’s more likely that it either was a trick or was misreported than that it was a miracle.

Alternatively, you might conclude that the existence of God is unprovable because God is immaterial, the immaterial cannot interact with the material, and science can only investigate material things so there is no way that science can investigate the existence of God. If this is your belief, then how do you propose that God created the universe if God cannot interact with physical things? Similarly, how could God perform miracles? If you do not think that God could have done these things, then is it possible that you think it is impossible to prove whether or not deities in general exist but that the existence of the Christian god is logically impossible?

Regardless of the root of your belief, are you sure that there is nothing that would make you believe a deity exists? For example, what if it were found that there was a series of digits in the number pi that encoded clear, meaningful, unambiguous messages from God in all the world’s languages?* And what if an omnipotent deity exists and decides to remove all doubt from your mind that He exists? You would have no choice but to believe in that case (since your belief was being compelled by an infinitely powerful being), and although you could not compel belief in others, you personally would believe.

As an aside, if you have concluded that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven, how do you present your beliefs? Do you call yourself:

*This is an expansion of an idea suggested by Carl Sagan.

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at LuLu.com and Amazon.com. See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on January 28, 2011 at 9:57 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: 2Q

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  1. Written by ff42
    on January 29, 2011 at 11:31 am
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    God is an emotionally/mentally laden term, so let us use a semi-random term like ‘Eral’.

    “It is impossible to prove whether or not Eral exists.” becomes a fairly silly statement until we agree on the definition and/or characteristics of Eral. It is the characteristics (all powerful, all knowing, all good) usually attributed to Eral that are logically possible to disprove. Stripped of these characteristics is Eral still Eral?

    If digits in PI spell out “Eral exists”, then should I believe in Eral? How would I know for certain that Eral removed the doubt from my mind? I would still have a choice not to believe. Who said, to the effect, that advanced technology, applied to the primitive mind, appears as magic? Erals magical appearance and powers might just be advanced technology.

    Just as I assert that there is no such thing as a square circle I also assert that there can not be entity with illogical characteristics.

  2. Written by s0l0m0n
    on March 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm
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    A very simple proof that God exists is by mere reasoning.

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