Hello AMR,

I have intended to respond to your post many, many moons ago but haven't till now.

I have been pondering deeply :AMR4: the foundation for human knowledge lately and have come to the conclusion that belief in God can be a properly basic belief for anyone who is willing to accept the logical deductions of what this axiom necessarily and logically concludes. What

*I mean* by a properly basic belief is what would traditionally be called an axiom in philosophy or mathematics. It is a starting point which is useful to deduce other things logically (i.e. objective morality is logically deduced from the axiom of God existing and His nature axiomatically defined as being the greatest conceivable being).

**For more, courtesy of Wikipedia, on what the nature of an axiom is:**
*In traditional logic, an axiom or postulate is a proposition that is not proved or demonstrated but considered to be either self-evident, or subject to necessary decision. Therefore, its truth is taken for granted, and serves as a starting point for deducing and inferring other (theory dependent) truths.*

In mathematics, the term axiom is used in two related but distinguishable senses: "logical axioms" and "non-logical axioms". In both senses, an axiom is any mathematical statement that serves as a starting point from which other statements are logically derived. Unlike theorems, axioms (unless redundant) cannot be derived by principles of deduction, nor are they demonstrable by mathematical proofs, simply because they are starting points; there is nothing else from which they logically follow (otherwise they would be classified as theorems).

Logical axioms are usually statements that are taken to be universally true (e.g., A and B implies A), while non-logical axioms (e.g., a + b = b + a) are actually defining properties for the domain of a specific mathematical theory (such as arithmetic). When used in the latter sense, "axiom," "postulate", and "assumption" may be used interchangeably. In general, a non-logical axiom is not a self-evident truth, but rather a formal logical expression used in deduction to build a mathematical theory. To axiomatize a system of knowledge is to show that its claims can be derived from a small, well-understood set of sentences (the axioms). There are typically multiple ways to axiomatize a given mathematical domain.

Outside logic and mathematics, the term "axiom" is used loosely for any established principle of some field.

In my mind's eye, even if you are Agnostic, then belief in God is a fundamental axiom upon which an Agnostic should build their beliefs upon just because of the coherence to one's life that the axiom of "God exists" entails. I strongly believe that from the axiom of God exists that Theism is a far more coherent belief system than Atheism.

Mark :D