Originally posted by josephw
The Godless universe doesn't exist.
That is irrelevant.
The point of a thought experiment is to do a 'what if' scenario that enables conclusions to be drawn about reality.
It is a common thing to do in science to imagine what the world were different (in a specified way) and use that
as a comparison with how the world is.
It's also useful in criminal investigation (unsurprising as done properly this utilises the scientific method) for trying
to determine what kind of evidence should exist if a particular version of events (your own hypothesis or a witness
or suspects version of events) was true and whether that matches reality.
eg. Sure her blouse had blood on it but it was all smeary like she held the dead man in her arms but has no splatter
you would expect if she had been the one frenziedly attacking him....
In this instance the idea of the thought experiment is to try to get people to think about what kinds of things would
be evidently different between our universe (which supposedly, possible has a god) and one which we defined to
not have a god but that is otherwise as similar as possible without having a god.
If there is no tangible difference then that would tend to suggest the non-existence of god in this reality.