So what would it take for me, a 7th degree black belt atheist, to believe in God? I've been thinking about this lately. Here's what I've come up with so far.
1. God would have to personally reveal himself to me and correctly answer every question I throw at him.
2. God would have to reveal himself to every person on Earth at the same time, in a way that doesn't make us all think we are suffering from some type of mass psychosis or delusion. Otherwise I might think I was just hallucinating.
3. God would have to demonstrate his power. He'd have to cure me and bring me to total health and fitness, end all suffering in the world instantly (after proclaiming to everyone that he would do so), end all wars, etc.
4. He would have to demonstrate his superior intelligence, and have an answer to every question that we have. He would have to have good answers for all of his stupid past behavior.
5. He would have to predict the future, in rigorous scientific experiments, with 100% accuracy.
6. He would have to bend the laws of physics and the natural world, but only in rigorous scientific experiments.
As you can see, I still won't have blind faith. I would require testable, repeatable evidence in massive quantities to believe. In this sense, I wouldn't "believe" so much as accept the evidence that would be available.
Now, if I believed in him, would I worship him? That's a separate issue. I don't think so, not the god of the bible. He's a hateful, childish, vengeful, jealous, petty god with anger issues. I think I'd say thanks but no thanks. I require more godliness and love to actually worship anything. I also require a god that actually does good and not harm.
So what are your thoughts? I know my list isn't complete. What else would you require to believe in God? And if you believed in him, what would it take for you to worship him?