Theology and Falsification

Uploaded by deathray32 on 25.04.2012

Look at this beautiful clearing we've discovered in the middle of the woods.
Yes, it's very pretty.
And look at those flowers. Obviously this is actually a garden of some kind. There must
be a gardener who tends to it.
I'm not sure this is a garden. These flowers could just be growing naturally.
Of course it's a garden, and logically a garden implies a gardener.
Well, we can settle the matter by waiting here for a while to see if a gardener shows
Well, there's no sign of any gardener. Are you still sure he exists?
Of course he exists! We just haven't seen him because he is invisible.
Well, let's wait a little longer and see if we smell him.
Okay, we haven't caught the faintest whiff of a gardener. I really doubt whether there
is one.
Well, of course we cannot smell him! He's not only invisible but unsmellable. In fact
he can't be perceived by our chipmunk senses in any way.
Okay, let's put up barbed wire around the clearing and see if he trips over it.
Still no sign of your gardener.
Of course not. He's immaterial. He passes right through the barbed wire.
Then how can we detect him?
You have to have faith in him. He is transcendental, so he is beyond our petty chipmunk understanding.
He can only be perceived by the sensus divinitatus. He is forever beyond the reach of science,
which is narrow and blinkered.
But if he interacts with the garden, then he is having a physical effect on it, and
so there must be some way to detect that effect.
You just don't understand. This gardener is ethereal, transcendent, immaterial, intangible
and imperceptible by our senses.
Then what is the difference between a gardener such as you have described, and no gardener?
In what sense can he be said to exist at all?