God’s Existence: Problems and Perspectives Introduction Is God’s existence a problem? It seems that, in modern and post-modern life, this greatest of all questions has ceased to be a problem, but is a solution instead. In other words, the question of the existence of God is no longer a spur to moral reflection, but has become a tool of moral certitude. To explain the distinction, consider Adams’ discussion of epistemology in the classroom: “It indicates...the more or less conscious adoption of the heuristic attitude in opposition to the Socratic...The goal of the lesson is...something to be attained; the means of attaining it are not specifically indicated” (172). In the “heuristic attitude,” the emphasis is not on the journey to the...The end:
.....lieve in God, I think the fact of my belief is not as consequential as the way in which my belief is tested, re-tested, leveled, and rebuilt on an ongoing basis. To me, God’s existence is not a given but a problem, and it is the engagement with the problem (rather than the assertion of the given) that is the essence of my faith. References Adams, John. Exposition and Illustration in Teaching. New York: Macmillan, 1910. Burns, John. A Celebration of the Light. Boston: Rowman & Littlefield, 1988. Dawkins, Richard. The God Delusion. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006. Pregeant, Russell. Engaging the New Testament Pap. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997. Wittgenstein, Ludwig. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. New York: ICON Group, 2008.