“Do you believe in God?” is a question we have all heard. Most people take this to be a straightforward question, but readers know that I take every opportunity to discuss the unquestioned assumptions hiding behind common sense.
Here are four big activities hiding behind “Do you believe in God?”:
- “You” (“You” are not who you think you are.)
- “Believe” (Beliefs are not what you think they are.)
- “God” (There are different sorts of contrary gods)
- “?“ (The question is not asking for facts, but offering a signaling opportunity.)
Understanding these four meta-questions, can help unravel the illusion spun by the apparently simple question of “Do you believe in God?”