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Title text: A God who holds the world record for eating the most skateboards is greater than a God who does not hold that record.
|| This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: First draft. Could use some attention from someone better-versed in theology and/or philosophy.|
Ontology is the study of existence. Ontological arguments for the existence of God are those that argue that the nature of existence requires there to be a God. The general formulation of an ontological argument is that there must be some entity that is greater than all other entities, and that that being is, by definition, God.
The ontological argument has never been formally disproven, and Bertrand Russell noted that "it is easier to feel convinced that it must be fallacious than it is to find out precisely where the fallacy lies." This comic jokingly proposes a potential fallacy—that God, being the greatest entity, should be able to disprove the ontological argument. Such an occurrence would be paradoxical: God would prove His own non-existence, but by being even greater than any hypothetical God who cannot disprove the argument, would also once again validate the argument and thus His own existence. This paradox is somewhat similar to the question of "What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?" It also seems similar in character to the kind of contradictions exploited in Gödel's incompleteness theorems and the Halting problem.
- [Megan and Cueball are walking side-by-side]
- Megan: ... But wouldn't a God who could find a flaw in the ontological argument be even greater?
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