What would you say to God?

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Asking an atheist what he would say to God if the atheist was to meet God. As a rhetorical technique, it is an appeal to emotion and effective asks "What if you are wrong?". It fails as a logical argument because it begs the question by assuming God exists as a premise.

"Have you considered that, after death, you will be ushered into the presence of the Almighty God?[1]"
"[Bertrand Russel] was once asked what his reaction would be, after death, he found himself in the presence of God. Russel replied that this possibility was extremely unlikely. His questioner persisted, "What would you say to God if, contrary to all you believe, you were to find yourself in His presence?" Russell replied, "I would tell Him He should have given us more evidence."[2]"

"How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right. It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?"

— Stephen Fry[3]
"I’d say to God, ‘Why shouldn’t you let me into your heaven?’[4]"

While one could experience meeting an immensely powerful entity, in life or after death, it is difficult to establish with absolute certainty that the entity you are interacting with is truly God and that no other Gods exist.


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  2. Does God Exist? in Puzzles & Perplexities: Collected Essays, By Steven M. Cahn, 2002
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  4. I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

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