A response to John Wisdoms article, "Gods"

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"Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to." This quote captures in many ways what Wisdom is trying to get across in his essay about religion. Religion, and the belief in it, cannot be logically justified in the same way the law of gravity can. It cannot be proven through a scientific experiment, or deduced through a set of premises. Science has dominated our acceptance of "facts" for many centuries, which has resulted in the rejection of most things that cannot be proven scientifically. By things I simply mean explanatory theories of all possible physical or metaphysical states. Therefore, the majority of society basis their belief system around science, and rejects or accepts things on the basis of proof. I use proof in its ordinary sense defined by the dictionary as evidence.

Wisdom uses his essay to illustrate how the belief in a God cannot be rejected using the present belief system based on science.

He insists that religion is on a separate realm and is not susceptible to logical criticisms or rationality as most other things are. I will try to reiterate his reasoning to the best of my ability to bring about a general understanding, and to defend his line of thinking.

Does a God exist? And please, lets for simplicity sake stay away from arguments disputing the truth validity of this sentence. This question is perhaps one of the few questions that have prevailed through all of time, as we know it, without a definitive answer accepted by all of mankind. Presently, if we wanted to confirm the existence of something we would collect various facts and observations to support or refute its existence. Using Wisdoms example of the gardener, we see how even after becoming familiar with all the same facts and observations,