That question is asked of me more often than any other.Â Probably every atheist and religiousÂ skeptic fields that question. Isn’t is possible there is a god?
I’ve seen the famous author Richard DawkinsÂ (The God Delusion) in person and in videos. He must be asked the questionÂ over 100 times a year.
The quick and easyÂ come backÂ is to ask the questioner whether it might be possible that he himself might be wrong.Â Â There never seems to be a responce fromÂ a true believer.
The real answer to the question uses up nine pages in Dawkins’ book.Â It is not so simple.Â
Part of theÂ answer is that, yes, I could be wrong.Â Â A Christian could be wrong.Â Â We could both be wrong. But what do each of us perceive the probabilities are that we are wrong?Â
The deep Christian may be 100% certain there is a god.Â The agnostic may be 50-50. But, Dawkins, the world’s most famous “atheist” says he is between 99.0% and 99.99% certain there is no god.Â He has seen no evidence, but, as a scientist he knows he cannot sayÂ it is certain there never will be any.
There is a further complication. Is it possible thatÂ someday science might discover a godless origin of the universe? Or, is that impossible?Â Dawkins refuses to believe it is impossible.Â Â It was once deemed impossible to put a man on the moon, he notes.Â Opening up that possibility changes the argument.
Actually, the question is a silly one.Â No scientist would ask another scientist that question.