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Why can’t God just be replaced by a naturalistic alternative and end the god debate?

Because some people already believe in God For someone who already believes in God, then God doing or having done something is the simplest explanation. Suppose that you don't know why the sun rises ...
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Why can’t God just be replaced by a naturalistic alternative and end the god debate?

Why "... and end the debate"? Why stop making philosophy? Why avoid discussing ideas? Our existence implies an inevitable antinomy: the existence of God, which explains it all, but for what ...
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Why can’t God just be replaced by a naturalistic alternative and end the god debate?

The only aim of a theory is to explain some phenomena. Hence it makes no sense to play off one “theory” without explanatory value against another “theory” without explanatory power. And a “theory” ...
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Why can’t God just be replaced by a naturalistic alternative and end the god debate?

I'm certainly no theist, but I can't imagine anyone from that side of the aisle accepting your proposal. The "problem" you eliminated in an effort to condense/simplify is the most crucial ...
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Is belief in god considered a matter of faith or reason in philosophy?

"If it happens for some reason, surely it seems simpler to believe that it happened for some physical or natural reason rather than an all powerful being reminiscent of something only a video ...
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Is belief in god considered a matter of faith or reason in philosophy?

TL;DR Based on what I managed to investigate, epistemological positions on the role of reason and evidence in establishing the existence of God can be broadly categorized into the following: Natural ...
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Is belief in god considered a matter of faith or reason in philosophy?

From Stanford University's Religious Student Groups Association... comes a point of consideration... Observable conclusion... religious beliefs are a choice. Faith. Reason would lead to an answer, ...
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Is belief in god considered a matter of faith or reason in philosophy?

Whether it is descriptively accurate to call a person's belief a "matter of faith" or a "matter of reason" depends on each person's grounds for their belief. Some people ...
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Why can’t God just be replaced by a naturalistic alternative and end the god debate?

As Weather Vane commented, the premise is wrong, you can perfectly adopt some naturalistic alternative and not care about this. If I understand the last paragraph, you are basically asking, "if ...
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Why can’t God just be replaced by a naturalistic alternative and end the god debate?

Gödel's incompleteness theorems, which although applied primarily to mathematical constructs, nonetheless demonstrate that there is a fundamental incompleteness to all reasoning. Let me illustrate ...
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Why can’t God just be replaced by a naturalistic alternative and end the god debate?

The core human tension is that we know there are things we do not know: things we do not understand and cannot control. The aphorism goes back (at least) to Socrates, whose philosophical posture was ...
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Why can’t God just be replaced by a naturalistic alternative and end the god debate?

Why would a natural alternative matter in a debate about the existence of god? If it were a 1:1 alternative, wouldn't it just be a god in every way except nominally? Ending the debate about the ...
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Why can’t God just be replaced by a naturalistic alternative and end the god debate?

"Where-ever God is posited to explain anything, such as the origin of life, the origin of the universe, fine tuned constants, religious experiences, etc. why can’t we simply assume that if there ...
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Why can’t God just be replaced by a naturalistic alternative and end the god debate?

You could go in a different direction, nobody said there are only two alternatives. Nonduality and the Buddhist and Daoist ideas say that these areas of experience cannot be described or conveyed to ...
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Is belief in god considered a matter of faith or reason in philosophy?

I think it would be mad if the entire history of civlization could not find a better reason to believe in God than we do the tooth fairy. Quite the failed species, if so; what a waste of time! ...
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Is belief in god considered a matter of faith or reason in philosophy?

I suggest that for most people religious belief is neither a matter of faith or the conclusion of reasoned reflection, but instead is a result of early social conditioning. We gain many of our initial ...
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Will God ever die?

Let's understand God as something more than just a mythical man, woman or even animal that does not exist physically, for just a moment. What if God was pure energy? Sure, this sounds like a stupid ...
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