Is there a God? Why is there something instead of nothing? This article explains it all

Unthinkable: No of course it doesn't, but it does try to address life’s ultimate questions

How good can a God be? Stephen Fry and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz have opposing views. Photograph: PA/Getty

How good can a God be? Stephen Fry and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz have opposing views. Photograph: PA/Getty

Never one to shirk a challenge, the Unthinkable column today endeavours to answer what many describe as the ultimate question: why is there something rather than nothing?

It will take us on a journey through centuries of philosophising and present you, dear reader, with a choice of two paths: that mapped out by a mathematician who died in Hanover more than 300 years ago (and is today best known for lending his name to a brand of German biscuit) and a British TV celebrity with millions of Twitter followers.

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