‘God exists’ – or ‘Existence is God’

The atheist is right: the God defined by the atheist does not exist and cannot exist.

But if we move beyond childhood concepts of a Santa in the sky, we see that existence itself remains a mystery to be explained.

This mystery can be called ‘God’ – if we so choose.

And this is actually the official teaching of the church, in item 34 of the catechism.

It is also biblical: the name of God in the Old Testament – ‘Yahweh’ – means Existence or Being.

By defining our terms, ‘God’ now exists – as the mystery of Existence or Being itself – and the argument is not over whether or not God exists, but over the nature of God.

And that is one giant leap already.

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