Why Believe in a God when It is Impossible to Prove?

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philosopher19
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Re: Why Believe in a God when It is Impossible to Prove?

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LuckyR wrote: June 25th, 2021, 2:28 am
philosopher19 wrote: June 24th, 2021, 5:52 am
LuckyR wrote: June 22nd, 2021, 4:24 pm
philosopher19 wrote: June 22nd, 2021, 5:47 am In response to the title of this thread, I thought the following ought to be added:

It is not impossible to prove God. Rather, it is impossible to meaningfully/semantically reject God's existence. This was discussed here:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=17304
What do you mean by "reject"?
I mean like in the following way:

I reject the three-sidedness of triangles. Just as it is impossible for me to meaningfully/semantically reject the triangularity of triangle, it is meaningfully/semantically impossible for me to reject the existence of God.
A triangle is physical, gods are metaphysical. No similarity (from the standpoint of proof) whatsoever.

Or to put it another way, it is in fact impossible for you (personally) to reject the existance of god, because you have faith. Great. Faith by definition kicks in in the absence of proof.
Not because I have faith, but because pure reason dictates it. I have faith that it will not rain tomorrow, but it is not guaranteed that it will not rain tomorrow. I don't have faith that triangles have three sides, rather, I know triangles have three sides. This is a matter of pure reason. Similarly, I know that only God can be said to indubitably exist. The proof for this was provided in the link I gave. I didn't think it was appropriate for me to present the argument/proof here. I just thought it appropriate to highlight that there is such a proof. If you have any objections to the proof/argument, then post your objection on that thread as I think it best to discuss it there (if there is to be a discussion that is).
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