1) This essay aims to firstly analyse and explain Descartes’s God argument in Meditations three, specifically on the idea that perfection precedes imperfection. Then I will introduce possible oppositions to his view and attempt to defend it from his position. Lastly, I will provide my own view pertaining to his argument. Firstly, the idea of perfection here is an assumption of God’s trait that also relates to being infinite. In Descartes’s time, God is deemed to be omnipotent, omnibenevolent and omniscient.
Acts 17:24-19 Paul taught heathen idol worshipers that there is a true and living God who made the world and rules over it. He gives to all life, breath, and all things. In Him we live and move and have our being. Even heathen poets recognize that we are the offspring of God. This should teach us that God cannot be simply gold or stone or something that man has made.
He sidestepped the question of his own opinion of the best religion by asserting that each follower of a religion deems his own religion to be superior. Nathan explains to Saladin that we subscribe to the religion we were raised with, by asking, “Well, whose faith and belief are we least likely to call into question? Isn’t it our own, that of the people to whom we belong?” (Lessing 3.7). If there is not faith in the power of one’s own religion, the religion ceases to exist, just as the power of the ring ceases to exist without faith in its abilities. Nathan also uses the Ring Parable to explain that only God can distinguish the true religion.
I don’t understand why Universalism is so wrong. Hasn’t salvation been offered to every man, regardless of lifestyle and belief? Universalism or the gospel of inclusion is true in part. God extends His hand to all humanity. Man must believe, receive, and repent.
“I think, Therefore I am” This quote by Descartes prove that the person exists by his ability of thinking.  Descartes prove the existing of human being through doubting and thinking and he explains his claim by stating that when the person doubt his existence or think about his existence then he exists.  Moreover, Descartes imposes an ontological argument to prove gods existence which states that: god is a perfect being and since it is more perfect to exist than not this implies that god exists.  He also introduce another more complex argument for god existence which differ between two types of reality. Formal reality is the reality that anything has in feature of existing and it comes with three types: finite, infinite, and mode.
In other words, both these stories are based on actual men that realized the sovereignty of God and called out to Him in their affliction. The difference in their responses from God reflected the attitude in which they called out to him. Jonas submitted himself while Stephen fell slightly short of blatantly demanding God’s intervention. Demanding and submitting are obviously two very different approached. Thus, as I have said earlier when man is confronted by Mother Nature, the only way that man can find stability in an otherwise unstable environment is by submitting to God and recognizing his
Even despite his creation of the world if we are to agree and follow God’s guidance without question this theory shows us that we are actually instead only undermining God’s goodness. Another major issue with the Divine Command Theory is the non–moral commandments listed in the Bible. If we were to strictly abide by the theory we would have to follow every command God makes as if it were moral code. Certain commands God makes are still applicable in every day life, the 10 commandments and even others can easily be followed by a dedicated individual. However it is when non-moral commands come to play where the DCT begins to lose its meaning.
The objection addressed the validity of the argument which had the premise 1, nothing is the efficient cause of itself except God and premise 2, a chain of causes cannot be infinite. The argument thus concludes there must be a first cause. This conclusion agrees with my thesis that Saint Thomas Aquinas’s argument formulated in the second way leads to a valid argument, which concludes that there must be a first cause and that God
In John Locke’s, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Locke develops an argument for the existence of God. In the the following paper, I shall first reconstruct Lockes’ argument for his claim of God’s existence. I shall then identify what I take to be the weakest premise of the argument and explain why I find it in need of justification. The following is a reconstruction of Lockes’ argument: 1) Man has a clear perception of his own being 2) If man knows his own being, then man knows that bare nothing cannot produce a being 3) Therefore, man knows that bare nothing cannot produce a being (from 1 and 2) 4) If bare nothing cannot produce a being, then there has been an eternal being 5) Therefore, there is an eternal (infinite) being
Descartes gave a few arguments that God exists and is real. Desocrates believed our idea of God is that God is a perfect being, he believed he is more perfect to exist than not to exist. Desocrates also believed that God is a infinite being. Descartes idea would be that God gave us this idea to type this paragraph about him so he must be real. When he thinks negative of an idea or thought he wonders if an evil demon plotted those thoughts.
Humans are now able to develop and maintain this relationship with God. What exactly should this relationship look like? According to Luther our relationship with God should be one that is respectful and dependent on God. The Small Catechism’s examination of The Creed provides examples of this, “I believe that God has made me and all creatures… and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true,” (Luther 15).
sense for him to be the reason we are born to then die leaving a question mark to our existence and the world. God exists because there can be none greater that can be thought. The ontological argument begins with the claim that God, by definition, is infinitely great. Thus, no entity can surpass God’s greatness. One of the many famous arguments proving God’s existence by a seventeenth-century famed philosopher Anselm.
To do this he identifies different types of ideas that he possesses “among these ideas, some appear to me to be innate, some adventitious, and others to be formed [or invented] by myself” (Meditation 3). Innate ideas are inherent in his intellect, and because of this he concludes them to be true. He holds that his conception of God, as a being who possesses all possible perfections, is an innate idea that has been implanted into his mind by his creator. To further justify this claim, he provides his version of the ontological argument, proving that the existence of a God who possesses all perfections is self-evident. In conclusion Descartes rids himself of the notion that God is deceptive by identifying the idea of God as innate, and then proceeding to prove the existence of that God through an ontological
Is it not true, that the lost, even without realizing it, are searching for the true meaning of life? When they begin to ask questions to find the answers, and if they are truly seeking the truth, they are lead eventually to the Bible and Jesus. The Bible answers the philological questions to life’s meaning far better than any other worldview. It is much more believable to believe in a God of order and a Creator than to believe in Darwin’s theory of spontaneous