Epistemological Crisis For God
The argument I am about to give claims to prove that if God exists, he is not in a position to know something very basic: That his mind is reliable. Before I start, I am assuming a theory of justification that I subscribe to: Internal Foundationalism. For those not familiar with Epistemological jargon, he is what the theory claims: A belief P is justified iff the evidence I have causes p. Moreover, it claims that some propositions are prima facie justified, such as sensory experience. However, even an externalist like Alvin Planting, cannot escape this argument. Here is the argument:
If God exists, then by definition he knows all truths. If God knows the truth value of every proposition, God knows whether his own mind is reliable. However, how can God know that? If God knew this, he would have to be justified in believing that his mind is reliable. How can God be justified in knowing his mind is reliable? Since he created the outside world, to appeal to this would beg the question. Internally, how could he be justified? By asking himself? That would be circular. God cannot be justified in knowing his mind is reliable given external or internal evidence. Therefore, if God pondered the following proposition: "My mind is reliable" he could not know this; unless you allow for circular justification.
"In the high school halls, in the shopping malls, conform or be cast out" ~ Rush, from Subdivisions