Poll: Is there a god?
 

Yes

No

I have no belief on the matter.

 

Is there a god? (Simple question)

 
 
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Quick
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07 February 2012 17:09
 

Please vote, but choose carefully. I will explain after some votes come in.

Thanks everyone!

 
 
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madmanbob
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08 February 2012 00:29
 

I would maybe rephrase the multiple choices or the question so as to better encompass the opinions people have on this matter.  My opinion, for instance, is disparate from all 3 options you give.  Not only that, but you should be more specific:  “Does A God exist?” is different from “Does a SPECIFIC God exist?”
1)  Well, I certainly do not believe God exists, so this certainly could not be my answer.
2)  Well, I do have a belief that there is no God simply for practical reasons.  I see no evidence for God and believe that if he were real, there would be evidence.  However, when talking about reality, I cannot know for sure that there is no God because you cannot prove a negative (with few exceptions).
3)  I very clearly do have an opinion on the matter but it does not fall within your two assigned options.

I am therefore unable to fill out the multiple choice question in an accurate way.

 
 
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QuakePhil
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09 February 2012 13:27
 

An even simpler question is “Do you believe god exists?”


This is a true yes/no question, unlike the above.  This is the question I use to separate a theist from an atheist.  If the answer is “yes” that is theism.  If the answer is anything else (“no”, “maybe”, “I don’t know”) then that is atheism.


I answered no, inferring from the third option which mentions belief that this is a question about belief, and not about knowledge, in which case it becomes analogous to the true yes/no question “Do you believe god exists?”


I don’t believe god exists because I have no evidence that god exists.


The other question you can ask is “do you know god exists?”  Questions of knowledge are more difficult.  Consider the two questions: “do you believe your father is your father?” and “do you know your father is your father?”


I can easily say “yes” to the first one - I’ve grown up with my father since I was a little boy, etc.


I cannot easily easy “yes” to the second one.  That kind of answer would need a DNA test, for example.


(In fact, my own father couldn’t answer “yes” to such a question, when he discovered in his 30s that his father - my grandfather - was not actually his father, but a substitute in order to avoid persecution.  My grandfather had to hide his identity during WW2 because, even though he was not Jewish, he was mistaken for being a Jew, and therefore his son, my father, would have been persecuted as well.)

[ Edited: 09 February 2012 13:29 by QuakePhil]