Appeared in Fall 1995, Vol. XXI, No. 3
It is not uncommon to hear students and professors, indeed people from all walks of life, asserting with full surety and confidence that it is not possible to prove that God exists. This occurs in various contexts. When the question of the universality and objectivity of moral norms arises, some of these persons link a knowledge and justification of these norms to God in such a way that they can then argue that objective moral principles cannot be known since the existence of God cannot be proven.
Regarding to nature of faith and its relation to reason, people who deny the possibility of proving God’s existence often believe that faith requires that the existence of God be impossible to prove. If the existence of God could be proven, then it would be known and faith would then not be required. In other words, faith in God is necessary precisely because God’s existence cannot be proven. This is a view not confined to the unbeliever.
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