Where is God, Dad?
Original title: ¿Dónde está Dios, papá?
Author: Clemente García Novella
“I don’t remember the exact age, but I know that my two children were very young when they asked me for the first time if God existed. I never had that doubt as a child. I grew up in a religious family. I went to a Catholic school. The existence of God was a given, something about which there was no wavering. Of course I believed in a God – the one from the period and the country in which I was born.
I didn’t have the option not to believe, just like many children in the world still don’t. For my children, however, there was an alternative; that God didn’t exist was a possibility. Hearing them ask me questions, hearing them doubt, I thought how lucky they were that no one was going to impose their beliefs on them.
I have always tried to honestly answer all their questions about whether or not God exists, without softening my responses. I’ve also tried to make it clear to them that, while my point of view has a rational basis, in the end that’s all it is: a point of view, an interpretation, a way of seeing things from among several possible ways. I’ve always wanted them to know that most humans do not have the same opinion as their father and that there are hundreds of millions of people in the world who do believe in one or several gods.
As I am writing these lines, my children are not yet old enough to comprehend many of the ideas about which I am going to talk here, but I hope that, when the time does come for them to be able to understand these ideas, they’ll like these pages. Perhaps these pages might even help them in their lives.”
SPANISH | Urano
ITALIAN | Ponte Alle Grazie
PORTUGUESE (Portugal) | Verso da Kappa