Don’t worry, this isn’t a post about why God doesn’t exist– frankly, those arguments are pretty boring. Instead, this is a thought experiment. The results will say more about you than about the existence, or non-existence, of God.
However you conceive of God – whether as a creative impersonal force or as a loving being with goals and actions, or even as the abstract ground of being – imagine that God doesn’t exist. What does the world look like without God? How would your life change?
Often it’s difficult to say how God functions in your life, but by imagining the negative –by picturing the absence of God – those functions emerge more clearly. A duo of psychologists asked a group of American Christians this very question, and the results were striking.