Why can we not agree on the answer to the question of whether god exists?

last edited on June 10, 2018

Of course this question will not be answered here, or apparently, anywhere.

The question of god's existence so hard to answer? It is easy to answer in the sense that everyone can answer something, but it is impossible to agree on what is the correct answer.

The question flows in so many directions at once. What is a god? Does any god exist? What counts as proof of god's existence? Does my God exist? What follows if we believe that a particular god does exist?

The question of the question of god's existence also flows in many directions at once. We have no uniform epistemology to all the conceptual entities in our language.

It looks to our minds as though this is a simple questions, akin to does the Statue of Liberty exist, or does the Sasquatch exist. We could "look and see" as we do for many things. (Seeing is a fundamental metaphor for what we think of a "facts.") Is there a pen on this table? Do you have a child? We can answer countless number of such questions.

By such an ontological standard, gods do not seem to exist. We cannot bring them into a lab, or locate a specimen to observe. People who speak of the efficacy of god and prayers seem to get cancer and tragedies at the same rate as non-believers.

The question of God's existence involves what is a god, what counts as a proof of god existing, and what kind of existence does a god have? We are encouraged to "believe" in God's existence above and beyond all reasonable arguments.
In this way of thinking, the fact that God seems unwilling to help "believers" more than nonbelievers, also does not count as proof against god's existence. The usual ontological standards are suspended, almost unnoticed.

On top of that, the question of whether god exists, involves an entity (god, or God) that is of fundamental importance in many people's world-view. It is an ontological as well as a factual question. And we have no clear theory of alternative ontologies.

Is there a god why is this so different than is there a dog?
There are dogs
Lots of them.
There are gods.
Lots of them.
But this is thought not good enough. Nothing extraordinary hinges on the existence of dogs, but numerous things seem to hinge on the existence of gods.

Thus the questions is difficult to answer because the concept of god is both fluid and important as well as socially important. It has becomes a cornerstone of our cosmic reality. God, and the concept is somewhat vague, or at least extensible, and very importantly functions as a building block of our conceptual world.

We might agree that you could have a satisfactory world without that a god, in part because things are not all that great with the concept of God.

The question about the existence of a god becomes, absent much I can call proof, should I believe in a god?