Friday, September 29, 2006

Question of the Day

Can the existence of God be rationally proven?

16 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

Only with the heart if it were rational :)

codepoke said...

Yes.

Keith McIlwain said...

No, but neither can atheism. Both require faith.

BruceA said...

I say no. A rational proof requires strict definition of all terms. We would have to put God in a box.

Richard H said...

Which god?

Which rationality?

Proven to whom?

Andy B. said...

Depends on who is asking, I suppose.

Michael said...

I'm not even sure that a believer can make a "rational" argument for His existence to another believer. It is as Keith stated, faith is a requirement.

codepoke said...

I hear ya'll, but since 33 AD, the answer has been, "Yes."

jockeystreet said...

Nope.

Don't listen to codepoke.

But that's okay. I suppose I can't rationally prove that my wife (or anyone else) loves me. But I don't doubt it, I don't walk around worrying about it too much.

John said...

I deny that there is a rational basis for thinking that God (capital G) exists. I dare anyone to prove me wrong.

Jay said...

Of course it depends on the meaning of "rational," but assuming traditional enlightenment based definitions I say that all arguments for the existence of God are based on faith claims and not "rational" proofs. However, I should say that my epistimology generally tends to hold that all knowledge is based in faith in the validity of our experiences. Thus, my experience of "reality" and the communal experience of those who have gone before me leads me to the place of faith in God, a reasoned decision, but not neccesarily a rational one.

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Michael said...

Well said, Jay.

Sally said...

agreeing with brucea here... no...

Oloryn said...

The question is incomplete if you don't specify a starting place.

Joel Thomas said...

I think yes, not because faith isn't essential, but because faith in many ways IS a rational response to something that is both a mystery and logical.

However, I personally don't have the gifts to put forward the rational arguments necessary, but God has given me a brain sufficient to reflect on the arguments of others, including those such as Immanuel Kant.