Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Reasons Decide The Conclusions

The criteria for evaluating the issue of the existence of God is already God level. It has to be, in order to have the authority as sole systemic instrument for analysis---the ultimate epistemic court of last resort---to decide this universal ultimate question. Those criterial assumptions not only imply the existence of God---they are a proper subset of the divine mind. That's guaranteed by their universality, necessity, and ultimacy, even _prior_ to a successful argument.

To give reasons is to appeal to a higher authority than the conclusion for precisely the purpose of judging that conclusion's truth value. But in the case of arguing for God on the basis of criterial and other background assumptions, those ultimate reasons end up being necessary aspects of the ultimate mind whose existence those reasons necessarily imply.