For the sake of argument, let’s admit that God exists.
If it doesn’t exist, then what are we talking about? What is it that atheists are denying? What is it that theists pray to? What is it agnostics
care not to decide about?
We cannot logically deny nothing, for there is nothing there to logically deny. We cannot pray to nothing, for there is nothing there to pray to. We
cannot choose not to decide about nothing, because there is nothing there to choose not to decide about. Ex nihilo nihil fit.
exist” is an incomplete proposition.
The question isn’t whether God exists or not, but how
it exists—or more clearly—what
it exists as. What is it we are talking about
in regards to “God”?
To move this ancient stalemate forward, it might be a good idea to come to terms over what we are actually talking about in its regard.
“God” exists at least as the subject of our propositions. Every subject of every proposition requires an existing subject to form a proposition
about. Therefor, God exists as the subject of our propositions. But what existing subject, what idea, are these propositions derived from? Where does
the subject of God come from? All theological sources for God comes from biblical sources. “God” is a word in those bibles denoting and describing
a specific character of these books. Therefor, God exists as a character in a book. In many classical forms of art, God is often depicted as a bearded
being in the clouds. Therefor, God exists as an artist’s depiction and interpretation of this character from biblical sources.
Plainly stated, since God is only ever found within books, art, rhetoric and from various forms of human expression—indeed, we cannot know about God
any other way—we must assume that this is as what, as where, and as how, God exists. This subject we can deny or have an opinion about; this
character we pray to; this character we refuse to contemplate. From what we can confirm, it exists as a word in its fundamental form. All talk about
God is talk about this word.
With this idea, and the admittance of the existence of God as apparent and real in these formats, we no longer need to debate the non-existence of
something (a contradiction), as we admit that it exists as at least something (not nothing) that we can have an opinion on. We can instead prove that
it does exist, and this is what it exists as, and we can logically discuss its properties. We may even open scripture to prove it’s existence
scripture. If it exists as anything else wiil need to be proven otherwise.
Therefor, I agree with the theists that God exists, but only insofar as it exists as a word in a book. But does it exist as anything else?