Irish Lace: "God" cannot be falsified.
Rowley: True, within the current state of knowledge about the laws of nature, but quite irrelevant. For the reason you state, God cannot be included in the body of knowledge determined by science. Period. We don't live our lives solely according to what science has determined. Appreciation of art, enjoyment of music, subjective experiences of any kind ... are just as much a part of life as the objective. If a person believes in God, tolerates those who don't and keeps an open mind in case his belief is one day shown to be untrue, then how could you objectively judge that behavior to be less rational than the unbeliever who also exhibits tolerance and an open mind? The fact that experience is subjective, i.e. personal and incapable of independent validation, does not devalue the experience unless it can be shown to be false. You, yourself, believe this in relation to all kinds of subjective experience; you simply choose not to believe it in relation to other folks' experience of spirituality. I certainly don't blame you for determining that for yourself, but it is without merit to extrapolate that personal choice into a maxim applying to others.
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