‘Does God Exist?’, the indispensable question of every Thinking Man and Woman, is premature and presumptuous.
The proper question, prior, proximate, more modest in its reach is: ‘Does Man exist?’
The Lady doesn’t need you to verify Her presence, thank you very much. She merely asks that you first confirm yours.
Any ‘God’ you find prior to reaching the Limit of Man, that is, the Symbol ‘0’, is not an act of sober piety but one of vacuous ignorance.
A displayed humility is greater hubris. The grander your tag the greater your pretense. Pick any theological text of any religion and be awed at the sweep of reckless excess.
You always and only seek to first verify the presence or absence of ‘Man’. You always and only orient to mortification, never the other way around [a Man-Made ‘God’ or ‘Ultimate Reality’ and such].
The ‘Inward Turn’ of the Chandogya Upanishad arose partly in response to this recognition. ‘Godless cult!’ was the first egg thrown at the emerging new Dharmic Schools, including the Buddha–Dharma. This was rich.
When I run out of R.K. Laxman clips or old New-Yorker cartoons, I scrounge my file-box for articles by learned theologians from elite universities, with titles like: ‘The Ontological Necessity of God’. I have a list of even better zingers.