Perhaps one of the most contemplated questions by humanity has been the idea/existence of a deity or deities, and their impact on human affairs. This question is tackled in different ways by three different concepts of thought: theism, atheism, and agnosticism. Theists, whether monotheistic (belief in a single, usually all-knowing and/or all-powerful, deity) or polytheistic (belief in more than one deities), believe that such a being or beings do exist and are very much an influence on us. Atheists believe quite the opposite, and conclude that such a being could never exist. Finally, agnostics conclude that knowledge of the existence of a deity or deities is unknown, and therefore they reserve judgment until such information becomes understood.

The belief in whether a god exists out there crosses over many religious faiths, and is even accepted by many of those who adhere to a more secularist attitude. But, is there any way of understanding this belief, even to the point of settling the question once and for all? In the most likely case, the truth of whether such a being/s exist or not might not be relevant to most who practice religious beliefs and such, as such a belief might be valued simply for the strength and belief in something larger, bigger, and/or better than themselves, i.e. something to strive for. However, if we were to entertain the concept of a deity, it seems hard to believe that a being of the kind found at the center of many of the major global religions would be likely to exist, from the concept of scientific/experimental understanding as it is understood now (though that may change as our understanding of existence expands). From a look at various philosophical arguments used to debate the existence of God, the idea of a full omnipotent being existing in the manner in which proponents argue for would involve contradictory and fallacious concepts that can’t be dismissed out of hand. However, does that mean that a deity couldn’t exist? Not necessarily. Out across the universe, it is very likely that other lifeforms do exist outside of our own biosphere found here on Earth. Among such life, there might very well be beings who would have abilities, either through their own biological or technological abilities, that would be perceived as being “god-like” or above those of humanity. In essence, they very well would be gods.

The Kardashev scale of hypothetical technological civilizations (ours is a little before Type I) involves those types which would have the capability to harness grand amounts of energy (Type I: the whole energy of it’s planet, Type II: the whole energy of it’s star/solar system, Type III: the whole energy of it’s galaxy, Type IV: the whole energy of groups of galaxies, and so on…). ( Imagine the possibilities that such beings which have those capabilities could do with such power? To come into contact with such beings would very well seem biblical, not all that different from how the Aztecs responded when they first came in contact with Spanish conquistadors under the command of Hernan Cortes in 1519, thinking that Cortes was one of their deities.

With such a thread of thought, I tend to sit on the fence of certainty regarding whether there might be a deity/ies, in whatever incarnation it may exist, somewhere out there. As a result, I see myself as more of an agnostic, holding off for that sense of understanding that might very well be out there. Indeed, I’ve seen many in my life through my educational years joke about agnostics for their “not being sure”, but I don’t see an admission of ignorance as being a weakness. In fact, just the opposite. As with any issue, that is usually the first step on the road to understanding.