God does not exist, therefore He exists

People worldwide seem to think that in the Netherlands God is dead, metaphorically speaking of course. But in spite of that, the Dutch philosopher Emanuel Rutten has come up with a new argument backing His existence. On 20 September 2012, Rutten, a logician who researched modern day arguments in favour of the existence of God, will defend his conclusions at the VU University Amsterdam. Recently however, his doctoral thesis A Critical Assessment of Contemporary Cosmological Arguments: Towards a Renewed Case for Theism became available online .
As a “by-product” of his doctoral studies, Rutten came up with a new argument in favour of God. In April 2012, the Amsterdam scholar explained his “modal-epistemic” argument to the Dutch review Filosofie Magazine. There, Rutten insisted that he does not proof the existence of God but that he has developed an argument in favour of the existence of God. The argument itself rests on the general assumption that in the last instance our world is knowable. At its centre, there are two premises: (1) it is impossible to know if God does not exist; (2) a proposition is untrue when the truth thereof cannot be known. An example of such an untrue preposition is “God does not exist”. The truth of this proposition cannot be known and is therefore untrue. In fact, the opposite is true. God exists, logically.
Of course, this is a rather crude simplification of the subject matter, but if you want to dig in deep, download Emanuel Rutten’s not so easy dissertation from his website. You will find there less voluminous, more accessible introductions to his invention in Dutch and in English as well. (FH)