Existence Of God - 1,424 words
Existence of God or the Lack There of Philosophers and theologians have always searched a way to prove the existence or non-existence of God. Many of these philosophers have made valid points for their views on the subject. Philosophers such as Saint Thomas Aquinas, Decartes, and John Locke argued for the existence of God while others, such as Rowe and Hume, searched for ways to disprove the arguments that these philosophers stated. Saint Thomas Aquinas had five ways in which he proved the existence of God. The first of which dealt with proving the existence of God through the idea of motion. By studying the works of Aristotle he concluded that an object in motion must be put into motion by ...
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Proof Of The Existence Of God - 3,104 words
The Case For The Existence of God by John Doe, Ph.D. Introduction Either God exists or He doesn't. There is no middle ground. Any attempt to remain neutral in relation to God's existence is automatically synonymous with unbelief. It is far from a "moot" question, for if God does exist, then nothing else really matters; if He does not exist, then nothing really matters at all. If He does exist, then there is an eternal heaven to be gained (Hebrews 11:16) and an eternal Hell to be avoided (Revelation 21:8). The question for God's existence is an extremely important one. One might wonder why it is necessary to present evidence for the existence of God. As Edward Thomson so beautifully stated it ...
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The Existence Of God - 1,177 words
During this class we have looked at a wide range of theories about God from the creation of the universe to the theory of being reborn and life after death. What this all comes down to is whether God exists or He doesn't. There is no middle ground. Any attempt to remain neutral in relation to God's existence is automatically synonymous with unbelief. It is far from a "moot" question, for if God does exist, then nothing else really matters; if He does not exist, then nothing really matters at all. What follows are some of my views on the existence of God. Also thrown in are some amazing facts I found during research I did during this class. One might wonder why it is necessary to present evid ...
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The Existence Of God - 1,225 words
... irit in their mind and heart. This is hard to explain to a non-believer. Reject the existence of a loving God and you're stuck trying to explain kindness, goodness, love and humanity, unselfishness and gentleness. Where did they come from? Wipe out all evil and where would we stand? Would not humanity be destroyed? We ourselves are the problem of evil. And if a simple wipe out of evil were the answer, we would have no hope. Christianity doesn't offer a knock-down solution at a philosophical level, but the Bible does give ground to stand on as one tries to live in a world where suffering is real. God did not create evil and pain, as we read in the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis. It wasn ...
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The Non Existence Of God - 652 words
God does not exist, it is a scientifically proven fact. There are many facts and paradoxes which exist to disprove this belief. Don't be led in by the bunch of fanatics and weak minded people who would have you believe that we're all being watched over by some divine being. "Can God build a wall that is so heavy he cannot lift it?" - Joseph Powell, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University. This is a paradox which shows God cannot be all powerful, if he can't lift it then he is not all powerful, if he cannot build one at all, then he cannot be all powerful which many people and the Bible, claim him to be, this is the first step in destroying belief in God. Christians and followers of othe ...
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The Existence Of God - Approaches/criticisms - 1,225 words
There are three major arguments that attempt to explain the existence of God. Firstly, it is important to establish a definition of God. According to philosophers God is an infinitely perfect being that upholds a divine unity of ultimate goodness and of ultimate power. God is referred to as Omniscient, Omnipotent and Eternal. God has unlimited knowledge and intelligence, so basically God is the ultimate model of perfectionism. Though all Philosophers agree with this definition of God, it does not state whether or not this ideal concept of God exists. The Ontological, Cosmological and Teleological have been developed throughout time to attempt to prove God existence. There have also been many ...
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The Existence Of God - 896 words
The Existence of God A definition of God is as follows: God-The infinitely perfect Supreme Being, uncaused and absolutely self-sufficient, eternal, the Creator and final end of all things. The one God subsists in three equal Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. The non-existence of God cannot be proven through science because Christianity and science have no connection except for the fact that the are both religions. Also, science is proven through tests and experiments there is no way to experiment God or even to prove the existence of Napoleon. You can't go back in history and bring them back. However, just because this can't be proven it doesnt mean it didnt happen. ...
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The Existence Of God - 1,544 words
Periodically someone will say to me, "I don't understand how anyone can be an atheist. How else could one account for the origin of the universe itself?" The Christian apologist, Hugh Ross, makes an argument much like this. He argues first for the thesis that the universe had a beginning, the moment of the big bang. Second he assumes that there must be a cause for the big bang. Next, if all physical reality, including time and space, arise out of the big bang, then, whatever the cause may be for the big bang, it must be something that transcends the physical universe. Coupling this consideration with the apparent fine tuning of natural law which makes life possible and the claim that it woul ...
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Philosophies On The Existence Of God - 1,017 words
Aquinas, Anselm, Paley and Kant all famous philosophers, have proven that god exists; yet people still question Gods existence. As Anselm said, We are like students who, unable to solve a mathematical problem, are given the answer to it and then discover they can reason out why that answer is correct. For thousands of years, philosophers have given evidence proving the existence of God. The evidence at hand should prevail but some philosophers beg to differ. In this paper I will try to go over and give the best arguments to both sides, but in the end, like I, all non-believers will believe. I will start off by discussing the evidence and opinions of Saint Anselm. St. Anselm was one of the gr ...
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Philosophies On The Existence Of God - 1,015 words
... inas talks about first, leads to his analysis of sense objects, second, the notion that the existence of these objects requires a finite series of causes and ultimately a First Cause, or God. Aquinass first proof was the proof from motion. This covers the area where Aquinas believes that nothing can be transformed from a state of potentiality by something that is also in a mere state of potentiality. An example would be the domino. Picture a particular domino, it has the potential to be moved but it can only move by something actually moving. This example is where Aquinas draws his conclusion. The key point that makes this proof so valid is the concept that if we are to account for motio ...
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Topic: Is The Existence Of Evil Incompatible With The Existence Of God? If Not, Is It A Reason To Suppose That God Does Not Exist? - 1,446 words
In a strong argument for atheism, J.L. Mackie presents the argument from evil. His logical argument for evil is comprised of showing theists beliefs to be inconsistent. He states that God being omnipotent and omni-benevolent is contradictory with the existence of evil. Though his argument seems to be a good one, Mackie does provide four responses, or theodicies that are possible solutions to the problem of evil. Three of these are that evil is necessary as a counterpart to good, evil is a necessary means to good, and that the universe is better with some evil in it than it could be if there were no evil, which can be seen as deceptive. On the other hand, the fourth possible solution is the t ...
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Existence Of God - 1,116 words
Existence of God Does God exist? Theology, cosmological, teleological and ontological arguments are all have ways to prove the existence of God. With all of these great arguments how can one deny that there is a God. There is a God and with these reasons I will prove that. There are two types of theology discussed in chapter nine of Kessler "Voices of Wisdom," revealed and natural theology. Revealed theology comes from such sources as the Bible and according to St. Thomas Aquinas gives us the knowledge for our salvation. Natural theology supports my argument on a level that someone who does not believe in God can understand better. This kind of theology defines God's nature and provides for ...
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Equality To All - 2,112 words
... religious goal over 2,000 years ago in the Christian Scriptures. Bergman states, "Incidentally, the source of the belief in the equality of man is the Bible, few ancient books espouse this concept, and it is foreign to most non-Christian peoples (6)." Since these concepts are biblical in origin, why are the students not told this? What about the fact that abortion, homosexuality and fornication are talked about in school, but teachers are not allowed to discuss the religious side of the issue, only the side deemed non-religious? Though the public schools are teaching a type of religion, obviously, the students are not informed about it; in fact, the topic of religion is not deemed import ...
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Robespierre Maximilien His Reason Behind The Terror - 1,971 words
Maximilien Robespierre: His Reason Behind the Terror No figure of the French Revolution has aroused so much controversy as that of Maximilien Robespierre. He is known to most people as the symbol of the Reign of Terror, a period where approximately 17,000 people died while enduring horrible prison conditions or were executed due to the mere suspicion of being a traitor. The question of whether or not these actions were rightfully justified is an important one. Robespierre seems to have thought so. I, however, will show that the use of terror by Robespierre during the French Revolution was not just or necessary, and that he was acting in his own best interest rather than the States. First to ...
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Night - 593 words
Wiesels Night is about what the Holocaust did, not just to the Jews, but, by extension, to humanity. The disturbing disregard for human beings, or the human body itself, still to this day, exacerbates fear in the hearts of men and women. The animalistic act by the Nazis has scarred mankind eternally with abhorrence and discrimination; as a result, acts of bigotry continue to infest society into the 21st century. It seems impossible that the examination of ones health, by a doctor, can result in the death of a human being if he appears unhealthy. Elie, his father, and millions of other Jews go through this formidable selection. Its a process that is dreaded and feared by all Jews. Nobody know ...
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Implications Of Christian Ideology In Goethes Faust - 869 words
In Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe builds a dramatic poem around the basis of human strengths and weaknesses, two traits exemplified by Goethe through his main character, Johann Faust. Throughout his life, Faust becomes knowledgeable in math, science, and the Holy Scripture, yet desires to find happiness as a result of his persistent struggle for power. Faust seeks not power through knowledge, but power resultant from knowledge achieved through transcendence. Infinitely, it is this desire that is the downfall of Faust; he sacrifices his beliefs and morals to his pursuit of ultimate knowledge, and, in doing so, he becomes detached from reality. Through his ignorance of the surrounding human ...
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Religion - 535 words
I give Professor Robert Smidt permission to use this project in class or for any other reason and I don't mind if my name is used. Data Source: The data was taken from A.O.L. (American On Line) chat rooms on January 19, 1999 from around 6:00pm to around 7:00pm. The address on the World Wide Web is www.aol.com. The questionnaire was administered by myself and a classmate by asking a random person that was logged on at the time, "Can I ask you a few questions for a class I am in?" If they agreed, we would ask them their age/gender, and then the question "Are you a Christian?" The variable in question was if the person was a Christian (a person who believes and follows the teachings of Jesus Ch ...
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Creation V Evolution An Educational View - 1,049 words
Creation v. Evolution: An Educational View Many words have been written about the origins of things. Numerous ancient people believed that several powerful gods were responsible for creating human beings (Warburton 12). Another theory is parallel evolution, humans evolving simultaneously in several parts of the world (Allman, 54). The metaphysical assumptions and moral implications demonstrated in aspects of evolution theory have been a source of conflict for over one hundred years. "Pre-Darwinian" biologists based their science on theological assumptions. Science was rooted in religion; its purpose was to prove the existence of God, using as evidence the design and purpose in nature. Darwin ...
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The Cosmological Argument - 1,617 words
The cosmological argument was first introduced by Aristotle and later refined in western Europe by the celebrated Christian theologian, Thomas Aquinas (d.1274 CE). In the Islamic tradition, it was adopted by Al-Kindi, and Ibn Rushd (Averroes). The argument has several forms, the basic first-cause argument runs as follows. Every event must have a cause, and each cause must in turn have its own cause, and so forth. Hence, there must either be an infinite regress of causes or there must be a starting point or first cause. Aquinas and Al-Kindi reject the notion of an infinite regress and insist that there must be a first cause, and the first cause must be God, the only uncaused being. Another fo ...
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Descartes Sixth Meditation - 1,385 words
In his sixth meditation must return to the doubts he raised in his first meditation. In this last section of his sixth meditation he deals mainly with the mind-body problem; and he tries to prove whether material things exist with certainly. In this meditation he develops his Dualist argument; by making a distinction between mind and body; although he also reveals their rather significant relationship. Primarily he considers existence of the external world and whether our experience hold knowledge of this world or whether this knowledge is merely an illusion. He makes it quite clear how misleading some of external sensations can be. We are never sufficiently aware of subjectivity of our own ...
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