In other words: in order for anything to be, God must be. What a staggering claim. The sheer dogmatism is astounding. You may have been able to get away with a statement like that in 1887, but who would actually make such a claim in this day and age? What kind of person actually believes that every right-thinking individual must believe in God? So intolerant. No one can know the truth anyway. (Hmm... Is that true? Heh.) The fact is: God exists, and everyone knows it. James P. Boyce, on the universal knowledge of God's existence, writes
No scientific theory has ever been held about facts so universally existent and so generally known. None has dealt with matters of more vital importance or absorbing interest. None has been, as has this, an object of thought to every intelligent human being. None has so commended itself at once to practical men and philosophers. There are plenty of arguments to support belief in God (ranging from those so simple a child could grasp them to those debated in academic journals), but, at the end of the day, they aren't necessary. All men know God exists. The only reason man would ever deny it is because of the wickedness of his own heart (Romans 1:18ff). Speaking again of the universal knowledge of the necessity of God's existence, Boyce says, "This alone has been satisfactory in the eyes of most men, from the beginning of all historic records. Mankind have been incredulous as to the sanity or sincerity of those who have denied it."  To paraphrase the ancient psalmist, only a fool would deny it (Psalm 14:1; 53:1). In order for anything to be, God must be. I know it. You know it. No use denying it.
1. James Petigru Boyce, Abstract of Systematic Theology (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010), p. 25.
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