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Discussion 8 to Meditation 832
There is a great deal more than just god that is not only unknown but also unknowable.

by: Paul W. Sharkey

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I have never quite understood, as a matter of epistemic rationality, the motivation of anyone who would argue against a god being unknowable. As I pointed out in a previous Meditation [651], there is a great deal more than just god that is not only unknown but also unknowable. Even many religious traditions themselves affirm their gods to be unknowable.

While in graduate school, a fellow student working on his dissertation in philosophical theology defined "god" as the "unknown," and argued that anyone who denied the existence of such a god must therefore be a "know-it-all." Moreover (as I recall pointing out even then), given such a definition, then not only would such a god be unknown but also unknowable since "if it could be known, then it (by that definition) isn't god" -- a sort of reverse "ontological argument" for the supremacy of being unknowable and perhaps even an ironic "theological" argument in support of agnosticism.

I have met a lot of know-it-alls on both sides of the theist/atheist debate since then (and even some agnostics) who seem to miss the point that the term "god" is not just (if at all) descriptive but also -- and perhaps most essentially -- prescriptive. Affirming the existence of something as a god is not therefore as much an act of the intellect as it is of the will -- not of knowing, but of caring. Hence the perhaps humorous but also profound wisdom of apathetic agnosticism's: We don't know and we don't care!