The problem of God’s existence

Talk about affirming or denying the existence of God is itself problematic. That way of talking can suggest to the unwary that God is one existent among other existents, one entity among other entities, one actor among other actors, whose actions must conform to standards that we have determined in advance are appropriate to being God. The transcendent, the ineffable, that which surpasses our ability to conceive or speak, the biblical God who acts in history, was too often tainted and domesticated in order to meet the philosophers’ job description for the post of God. Not surprisingly, the philosophers determined that the candidates recommended by the friends of religion did not qualify for the post.