I'm letting the pet human have my website for one more evening.
This evening I added a new link in my favorite blog list. It is "Impure Reason" written by Carl Sachs, a philosophy prof in Texas. I first ran into him on Kirby Olson's blog, "Lutheran Surrealism." In fact, CS's debates with KO were a major reason I continued to follow LS. At one point CS began his own blog, only to stop posting for a significant time. Well, he's back. Yeah!
I've been cat blogging so much recently, I missed out on a debate that spanned across both Impure Reason and Lutheran Surrealism. The debate touched upon Intelligent Design, Evolution, Fundamentalism, Pragmatism, Pluralism, and culminated in a question posed on LS: "Does God Exist?"
Before any cat goes leaping over to these blogs, I will point out that these gentlemen are philosophy professors, and as such, are inclined to write and argue in formats such as: if a = b and b = c, then a = c. Not only that, many of the arguments presented by both the bloggers and the commenters, are supported with extensive citations.
Well, I don't have a PhD, just a lowly BS, but I do have an opinion.
Does God Exist?
This question has no earthly, human answer. Language is finite, and any attempt to prove the existence of a presence or being that may be infinite, will fail.
Language constrains our human attempt to prove or disprove the existence of God.
This dilemma reminds me of the Epicurean Paradox regarding the problem of evil:
Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?" — Epicurus
For many years I struggled with reconciling my relationship with God and the presence of evil. (And I will say, that on two occasions in my life, I truly believe I saw the devil....which is not to try to explain what the devil is or is not, I just know I saw it.)
When anyone asks me if the glass is half full or half empty, I don't give the typical response. My answer has always been this:
"It depends on how you ask the question. If one does not specify what the glass has in it (it is assumed water) then the answer is: "the glass is always full, because what ever portion of the glass is not filled with whatever liquid referred to, is filled with air, which is also matter."
But if one specifies is the glass half empty or full with water, then my answer is this:
"Why must the glass be half empty or half full? Why can't it be that the water is just at the halfway point?
At some point in time, I realized that the Epicurean Paradox is unanswerable because it asks the wrong question. It is so typically human to point fingers, this time at God, for the existence of evil
A more appropriate question is this:
Evil exists in the world. SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT EVIL WHEN CONFRONTED BY IT?
Reason, senses, and feelings aside, we can never prove whether God exists. Therefore, I believe the question, "Does God Exist" is the wrong question to ask.