So recently I came across the following principle: "An inferential gap can only be overcome by evidence..."
The proven fact we currently have is reality. The fact that we are attempting to prove is God.
Between our current reality (assuming that we are leaving out God) and the fact we are trying to prove, God, there lays a bridge of evidence.
Evidence will be the only way to infer that there is a God. Now the question is what kind of evidence appeals to a mind that there is a God. A side issue is that even if we bring to the discussion the best evidence, there are still some who may feel that such evidence is not good enough. Such people opt not to reason and thus are not our target audience.
Fundamentally, my question is what type(s) of evidence is there that can bridge the gap and allow us to safely infer and reason that God exists?
Obviously, the Qur'an is sound evidence. But stopping there alone is not enough to arrive at a sound argument for inferring that God exists, is it?? What are your thoughts on how we can use evidence to bridge the gap to infer that God exists.
As an aside, is the Qur'an the only piece of the puzzle in proving that God exists or are there other pieces of evidence?
One would think that such a fundamental question of - how do we use the evidence we have to infer that God exists - would garner more mental attention and spilled ink. Maybe it's because I'm seeing the same horse but with a different saddle that makes this topic interesting to me.
Maybe we could start a list of ayahs that are clothed for the specific purpose of proving God exists. Looks like I've got myself a new research project.