This debate got sidetracked for a while, and yes I’m in part responsible for that, but it’s still a real good question…
“This is a legitimate, rather than rhetorical, query. Can any claim about the existence and the nature of god (there are many) be supported without reference to sacred texts?”
“Put another way, if you had no access to the Bible, Qur’an, or other sacred texts, what would you use to support the hypothesis of any particular god and that god’s nature and relationship to human beings?”
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