Question of the Week: Proving/Disproving the Existence of God

Question of the Week: Proving/​Disproving the Existence of God

Every week we ask a question of our audience to stimulate discussion and critical thinking about an issue or topic relating to science, skepticism, technology or religion. Our favourite comments are discussed on our podcast, The Pseudoscientists.

Yeah yeah, the existence of a god is controversial. Probably not so much for the majority of the audience of this site, but in a wider social context, it definitely is. Most people with a defined and carefully considered position on this topic, however, tend not to have extremely rigid beliefs — they’re open to the possibility that they’re wrong, meaning that they see a certain chance, however small, that they’re wrong. But will this lack of certainty ever disappear? Not on a personal level (people change their minds regularly frequently after all), but on an academic, what-​​actually-​​exists sense. Does that make sense? I hope so.

Do you think we will ever be able to 100% prove or disprove the existence of a god?

Will there ever be a knockdown argument, from either science or philosophy? Or is the question actually unanswerable? Perhaps all we’ll ever get in the way of an answer are unsatisfactory assertions…

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