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I also believe this to be the case.
Fri Oct 6, 2017 3:12pm

The proposition "God exists" is almost certainly unfalsifiable (for many common definitions of "God"). There are several factors at play that make this the case, but perhaps the most important one is that God is considered to exist outside (as well as inside) the universe. Not necessarily just in terms of mere location, but in terms of the creator of a thing having a separate, antecedent existence from the creation.

Why is that a problem? Because every tool, both physical and cognitive, that could be employed to conduct such a proof exists within the universe. This makes them inadequate to the task, because they cannot be assumed to be relevant to things which exist, even in part, outside the universe. It's sort of like an existential proof version of Godel's Incompleteness Theorem. It's like trying to measure the volume of sound with a tape measure.

Another difficulty arises because of the supernatural (or, if you prefer, acausal) abilities generally ascribed to God. Once again we have the problem of tools rooted in logic and empirical analysis trying to make reliable determinations about something that can ignore causality, etc. Even if one witnessed a being purported to be God perform an obvious miracle, that would not prove a thing. It would certainly cause a re-examination of belief in anyone who witnessed it (myself included), quite likely altering the direction of their faith. But as I have pointed out many times, that's not proof . That's not how proof works.

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