The Question of God.

Essay by Irusya6College, Undergraduate December 2005

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The existence of God is a subject that has occupied schools of philosophy and theology for thousands of years. Most of the time, these debates have revolved around all kinds of assumptions and definitions. Philosophers will spend a lifetime arguing about the meaning of a word and never really get there. Most of us who live and work in the real world do not concern us with such activities. We realize that such discussions may have value and interest in the academic world, but the stress and pressure of day-to-day life forces us to deal with a very pragmatic way of making decisions. I was lucky to attend a live viewing of an important PBS series exploring the question of God. This theme is as old as civilization, and I found this event a great chance to develop my understanding and general idea of existence of God and other related questions.

The lecture was very interesting and explored a lot of questions. The question "Does God exist?" is one of the most basic, and most fundamental issues that can be considered by the human mind. In the field of logic, there are principles and laws that govern human thought and that are accepted as analytically true. One of these is the law of the excluded middle. When applied to objects, this law states that an object cannot both possess and not possess a certain trait or characteristic at the same time and in the same fashion. When applied to propositions, this law states that all precisely stated propositions are either true or false; they cannot be both true and false at the same time and in the same fashion. So, we can truly say that on this difficult everlasting question can be just one answer: Yes or No.