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Does God Exist?

by Dr. Sushil Fotedar

Many times I wonder as to whether a Personal God exists or not. I do not subscribe to the views of a committed atheist beyond a certain point for he fails to see the limits of his powerful weapon-- logic, to be precise—and tends to assume that the poor bird can fly in empty space as well! At the same time, if God is an article of faith, I do not have anything further to say, nor do I want to get into argument with vehement people of the faithful kind, for it then becomes a free-for-all wherein rationality is the first unfortunate victim. So, where do I stand? Am I a wishy-washy fence-sitter too confused to make up his mind or, rather, a weak thinker who cannot see the clarity of a solid conclusion? Hopefully, I do not feel I belong to any of these categories and, therefore, I need to go further and come out with my point of view.

Richard Dawkins, the celebrated atheist of modern times, opines, and I agree, that belief or otherwise in God is not an all-or-none phenomenon, but rather a spectrum of probabilities and human judgments about the existence of a personal God can be placed alongside between two extremes of certainty. The spectrum is a continuous one and, according to Dawkins, can be represented by the following seven milestones along the way:

  1. ”Strong Theist”. 100 percent probability of God. In the words of Carl Jung,’ I do not believe, I know.’

  2. ”De Facto Theist”. Very high probability but short of 100 percent.’ I cannot know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that He is there.’

  3. “Technically Agnostic but leaning towards Theism”. Higher than 50 percent but not very high.’ I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.’

  4. “Completely impartial Agnostic”. Exactly 50 percent. ‘God’s existence and non-existence are both equiprobable.’

  5. ”Technically Agnostic but leaning towards Atheism.” Lower than 50 percent but not very low.’ I do not know whether God exists but I am inclined to be skeptical.’

  6. "De Facto Atheist”. Very low probability, but short of zero.’ I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable and I live my life on the assumption that He is not there.’

  7. “Strong Atheist”.’ I know that there is no God with the same conviction that Jung “knows” there is one.’

So where do I stand?

Where do YOU stand?

Of course, be honest, and…

… And unafraid!!

 

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