By Theo Brooks
One of the most circular pub arguments is about the existence of god. But does the existence or non-existence of god have any effect on how people should live their life? Does it change what is right and wrong? Imagine tomorrow god plummets from the sky to the shock of the world and goes to the Socratic Society to discuss the meaning of life and give us a definite number as to how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Now confronted with proof that god exists, as she amazes the crowd by turning philosophical theories into beer, one would wonder if one should live differently.
You consider yourself a moral person and consider some of god’s laws wrong. The threat of hellfire or the promise of paradise is not an argument against your ethical stance. Perhaps we can presume that god is the expert and from this she holds her authority. Unlike other experts however, god’s expertise is not questionable. If you think that humanity should be challenging all theories and to gain a greater understanding of things, then the existence of god does not change how you think people should live. If god said that turning people into pillars of salt was good does it make it good? It would be right to question this expertise even at the threat of being transformed into a pyramid of nutmeg.
Perhaps we owe god, one might say. She apparently created us and had herself suffer for our sins. That was very nice of her but since we asked for neither we have no obligation. Adults have no obligation to obey their parents and if someone saves your life that does not mean you have an obligation to live under their moral code.
As god staggers out of the pub singing “Sympathy for the Devil” we can slumber easy or restless in the knowledge that our life is our own and in the end it is to ourselves not to god which it needs to answer in order to be of worth.