Suppose the following:
- Later today, an organization dedicated to studying science and religion announces it has devised a “God Test.” This process will conclusively reveal whether or not there is a god (or gods). Further, it will discern the nature of god, if one (or more) exists. Does it desire/require obeisance/worship? Of what specific sort? Or is it a distant superior being that doesn’t really concern itself with humans and human affairs?
- Global religious, political, social, academic and scientific leaders review this test and universally agree that yes, it will in fact do exactly what its developers claim. Despite their many differences, they all agree that once the God Test is run, we will all know, without ambiguity, what there is to know about god. They all acknowledge that the results of test will be such that, if it proves that they are wrong, that they will need to alter their beliefs and behaviors.
- The details of the God Test are published. You review the process and, like the leaders noted above, you agree that the test is exactly what it professes to be and you are convinced that when it is performed, you will know unambiguously the answers to questions that humanity has grappled with as long as it has existed.
- It is agreed that the God Test will be executed tomorrow morning.
Now, let’s suppose that when the test is run, the results reveal that the truth is approximately the opposite of the beliefs you currently hold. That is, you are not only wrong, but very wrong.
What do you do?
What things do you do now that you will stop doing? What will you do differently? What are you not doing at present that you’ll begin doing? Will you change careers? Friends?
Perhaps more importantly, what things in your life will not change at all?
I’ll be interested to see what people have to say here.