...Or at least the closest thing we have to a God. There's even a Church of Google.
I, being an atheist, require extraordinary evidence for extraordinary claims. However, the Church of Google website backs up their claim with 9 proofs:
- Omniscience (all-knowing)
- Omnipresence (everywhere at once)
- Answers Prayers (searches)
- Immortality (potentially, anyway)
- Infinite (theoretically no limits)
- Offer of an Afterlife (Google's cache)
- Omnibenevolence ("don't be evil" motto)
- Fulfillment (turn to when in a time of need)
- Existence (Google exists)
That last one is where Google trumps all other gods. Google actually exists. While I will admit Google is the closest thing we know of to a god, it is still not a god. Google is missing omnipotence (all-powerful). There is no extraordinary evidence to prove Google is all-powerful. In fact, I'd say true omnipotence is an impossibility (due to various logical paradoxes).
I also question the validity of Google's omnibenevolence claim. Just because their company motto is "don't be evil" it doesn't mean they follow it all the time. However, omnibenevolence is not a prerequisite in my mind for a god. Just look at the God of the Christian Bible... That vengeful bastard is anything but omnibenevolent.
So, I will still remain an Atheist. Google does exist, but it is not a god.