written by Jonathan Sanford Saul
The Twelve Criteria for Godhood
If we moderns, that means you, are going to "believe" anything, I am betting that it will be that something is "scientifically proven". Scientific truth is best defined as "the simplest explanation that explains all the available facts". Notice that there are three important aspects of this definition.
First, the question, "what is simple?" Oftentimes, this is a subjective judgment made by an individual. For example, many equations (such as E=MC2, which expresses Einstein’s theory of relativity) are considered to be simple by the scientist, but I find them very complex!
Second, there is the issue of the "explanation". Sometimes there can be more than one explanation for a situation, relationship or circumstance, as anyone knows who has tried to explain to a spouse why he or she was late!
Third, there is the idea of "available facts". This is key for scientific truth - scientists are continually searching the Truth. Indeed, to this end, the scientist always seeks new "facts". Any new discovery leads to a new idea of what is true. Thus, scientists are continually changing the current idea of Truth.
This is easily understood historically: during the 15th Century, Europeans commonly believed that the earth was flat. (I have simplified this example for clarity's sake!) It was commonly thought that, if one sailed west from Europe, one would eventually reach the end of the earth and fall off! In 1492, however, Columbus sailed west from Spain and landed here, in North America. What happened? A new fact was discovered and people began to believe that the earth was round (a globe in shape, or, more correctly, as has been recently pointed out to me, an oblate spheroid). The Truth (that is, what people believed to be the Truth) changed!
How can this be? If the truth is composed of proven facts, how can it change? Actually, scientists expect the truth to change. They always attempt to discover new facts. This is the process of experimentation (called the Scientific Method or Experimental Method).
If scientists expect the "truth" to change, you should not be surprised if your idea of the truth changes when I prove to you, scientifically, that gods and goddesses exist.
Rather, to be more specific, I believe, or that is to say, I know, that at least one goddess exists. And, unlike the negative proposition, the positive proposition is proven by merely one example.
Thus, I shall prove to you, my readers, that God exists, or, rather, that a least one goddess walks among us.
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