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I have seen it argued that Goedel's Incompleteness Theorems have implications to existence of God. Arguments for existence of God run mostly along the lines: "Because of Goedel's Theorem, truth transcends human understanding, and therefore there is God". Arguments against God go like this: "Because of Goedel's Theorem, omniscience is impossible, hence all-knowing God can not exist".

Personally, I fail to see sense in such reasonings (of course, this does not necessarily says much, because I could be missing something). Given that nowadays people hold all sorts of irrational views, I can't say I am surprised --- but I would be if a serious and respectable person supported such arguments. In fact, I only saw such arguments either in the process of being rebutted, or expressed by people whom I find it very hard to take seriously.

I would be very grateful is someone could clarify if:

  1. there exists legitimate applications to existence of God, or theology in general?

  2. any significant philosopher or theologian ever expressed views of this kind?

{ asked by Feanor }


Such arguments are indeed ... shall we say "hopeless", to be polite. For a demolition job, take a look at Torkel Franzén's Gödel's Theorem: An Incomplete Guide to Its Use and Abuse.

{ answered by Peter Smith }