One of the harder hitting and more intriguing questions asked in Life, Religion, Science, and Philosophy is: “Is there truly a God?” I might suggest here that the question ought to be asked within Politics as well, but alas, it would seem that most of our Governments today have either convinced themselves that it makes no difference whether or not they explore this question, or that the answer to it has no bearing on their functions or actions (as if they are outside of the impacts of the question).
To some, it might seem as if this is an unanswerable question, although the vast majority of the world has already answered it for themselves. Some have let others make the determination for them, essentially giving them the answer. Some pursue this question relentlessly day-in and day-out. And a few don’t have the time or effort to pursue it.
Others may ask why it even matters. For a segment of the population there will be those that will understand why I would start with such a question, the rest may be confused or otherwise surprised that I would jump out of the box with this question.
But for me (and many others) this is a foundational question. It is one that shapes your world view. It directly effects how you view Life, Religion, Politics, Science, and Philosophy. It is a life-changing question and its impacts are far reaching. And it is a question that is current and relevant today (Reference this news story for a list of Celebrities whom you might think believe in a God since they claim to be religious).
It also is a question that bares ones biases. And since I am desiring an honest and sincere pursuit of the interesting things in Life, Religion, Politics, Science, and Philosophy, it is a question that I must start off with. It is a question that is seminal to any really interesting discussion of Life, Religion, Politics, Science, or Philosophy. It is not a question to which everyone will agree upon an answer on, but it is a question that we should all agree has far reaching effects on our day-to-day lives. And so, as for myself, I begin with: “Is there a God?”
Obviously there are three distinct answers to this question. There are those that would say “No. Absolutely not.” Those that would say “Yes. Absolutely there is.” and then there is everyone else. I put ‘everyone else’ in the category of “I don’t know”, “I don’t care”, “Maybe there is or maybe there isn’t”, or “It doesn’t really matter one way or the other.” But however you answer this one question will shape the way you approach everything else in life.
Consider Dr. Stephen Hawking or Dr. Richard Dawkins for example. They have absolutely stated that there is no God. Their answer to the question is “No.” And that answer shapes their world view and their pursuits in life. In the case of Dr. Hawking it has been an almost continual life time goal to establish the fact, once and for all, that there is no God. They state rather emphatically that there is no God (and seemingly, have done little to persuade the list of Celebrities referenced in the news article above).
Secondly consider Dr. Billy Graham, or Dr. Rick Warren. They would assuredly answer the question “Yes.” And that answer in turn shapes their world view and pursuits in life. And they have very different foundation they build upon than those which Dr. Hawking or Dr. Dawkins build upon.
The third category I will not discuss at this time other than to say that anyone who believes the question has no bearing on their life or that the answer to the question does not affect their lives one way or the other, are people who are blinded to the effect that one simple choice has already had upon their lives. In other words, their choice of apathy has just as much a profound impact on their foundational life beliefs, and does the choice of those who say “Yes.” and those who say “No.” I suppose I could throw Dr. Richard Carrier in here as an example skeptic, except he really is not. He is as much of a “No.” person as any of the other “No.” persons out there. Unfortunately I tend to believe that by the time one has risen to enough prominence level to be used as an example, they are no longer in the third category but are rather firmly ensconced in either the “Yes.” or “No.” categories.
So this is a good place to start, it is interesting to me, and it broadly sweeps all aspects of Life / Religion / Politics / Science / Philosophy. It is a question to end all questions. Is there really and truly a God?
My answer is YES. Absolutely there is. For me, it is the only model that makes sense. For me, it is the only model the evidence supports. For me, it is the only model that answers all the other questions that life throws at you from any category. Of course there is a God and he is the foundation for understanding all other pursuits in Life / Religion / Politics / Science / and Philosophy.