Eminent thinkers have offered many, dare say innumerable, arguments against the existence of a God. Why does God permit evil? Why does God commit atrocities in the Old Testament? Why do “Acts of God” kill and injure so many? Why do the different religions have different Gods? Why would an omnipotent God have any concern for humans? Who created God? Can the stories in the Bible be believed? Where are miracles today? How is an all-knowing God consistent with one that gives free will? Hasn’t science provided a better basis for understanding existence? Isn’t religion better understood as a cultural and psychological phase in human advancement?
This listing is unfair, you might respond. Citing only questions challenging the existence of a God gives a biased representation. Equally eminent thinkers have offered many, dare say innumerable, arguments dispelling these exact challenges, and offering logic supporting the existence of a God. So a proper discussion requires presenting the counter arguments.
But I won’t be doing do that.
In fact, I won’t delve any further into the logic and reasoning on either side. That is not due to any desire to not be balanced and thoughtful. That is not due to any lack of admiration and respect for the depth of theological thinking, both for and against the existence of a God. And that is certainly not due to any sense that the topic is unimportant. The topic is critical, vital.
Rather, I will not delve any further into the logic and reasoning on either side because doing so is irrelevant to the fact question here – does God exist. As thoughtful and sincere as any discussion may be, and as deep and elegant as the theological writings in history have been, those items can not change the fact. Either a God exists, in some independent sense, or a God does not exist. Arguments and discussions and writings will not change that either way.