In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins emphasizes on four theses that roughly entail his argument. Science is evidence based whilst faith is blind, If God created everything, who created Him, morality does not depend on a creator, and the Christian religion is perilous to society. His writing forces the reader to ponder the validity of religion. Dawkins adamantly states that religion can either be fully true or false. If proven false, it is the duty the intellectually conscience to refute.
Craig is spending less time on God, and more time on drawing, which he perceives as sinful. Drawing also represents his free will. Craig has to follow the rules from the bible, and by drawing he is imagining a better world, but at the end Craig feels as if he is betraying
In the article “The Absurdity of Life without God”, William Lane Craig argues: “If life ends at the grave, then it does not make no difference whether one has lived as a Stalin or a saint”. In his argument Craig’s idea is that mortality exists because of God. There is truth in this statement because without the Creator, man would not discern right from wrong and would not have any understanding of morality. McCloskey’s idea is somewhat disturbing because if atheism claims morality is relative many cultures view morality very different and murder could as just as well be celebrated as a wedding day. Craig also states that life without God lacks purpose, “If there is no God, then our life is not fundamentally different from that of a dog”.
Subsequently, if system does not meet these criteria, it might only be considered as a hypothesis. In this scientific context, religion and atheism come insight in the following forms. Religion offers a plenty of answers, which prove the existence of the supernatural world, higher intellect (God), soul etc. Simultaneously, religion gives a concrete and practical way of cognition the spiritual realities that offer a way to test the truth of its allegations. Whereas atheism does not poses any objective facts that actually prove that God does not exist.
Philosophy of Religion Most of us opt for certainty in all things. In most of our endeavor we strive for certainty. In this quest for finding certainty we seek reasons to warrant our claims by way of establishing logical and reasonable basis for believing on something. In matters of our religious beliefs specifically on the existence of God we likewise seek reasons behind such belief. However, does giving reason for our belief really suffice to be certain in our claim for the existence of God?
The Christian belief brings people together because God call all of his followers to love above all. Also, this belief gives life a purpose knowing humans are here to help with God’s plan and that there will be salvation from God’s free grace for those who believe (CWV-101 Lecture 5, n.d). However, there are some troubling things about Christianity. One troublesome topic is that God has never been seen and Christians are to have faith in Him and to believe without physically seeing. Additionally, many people do not believe in God because they see all the bad in the world and think that there could not possibly be a God.
I read both the William James article, “The Will to Believe,’’ and William Kingdon Clifford’s “The Ethics of Beliefs”. Each of these writings explained the author’s views on human’s and their belief systems. William James broke down belief into different category’s that certain beliefs could fall under. William Kingdon Clifford’s idea was much more straight to the point. Clifford states that if you do not have good evidence for something, then it must be wrong.
Christianity and Muslim Religion As most people know, there are 4,200 religions around the world. However it is stated in recourses that Christianity and the Muslim religion are two of the largest religions in the world. These two religions share a lot of similarities for example, Christianity believes in God as the creator, just like the Muslim religion believes in God as the creator. On the contrary the Muslim religion refer to God as Allah, as Christians just say God. Another similarity that Christians and Muslims have is the belief of Jesus, despite that fact, Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God birthed by Holy virgin Mary, while Muslim believe that Jesus is a messenger sent from God to convey the people.
Nagel suspects that we can still ask for the point of religion when we are offered a religious answer to a phenomenon, just like the aforementioned case. He also has doubt about God acting as the ultimate justification of the meaning of life. This situation is a bit different from the case of the big bang. In creationism, God is the creator of all things in the world, and we are created to fulfill His purposes. Nevertheless, it does not matter that we are created only to fulfill His purposes.
Things such as the theory of evolution, which I accept as fact, contradict with the bible’s description of human evolution. Upon learning about dinosaurs, I began to wonder why my Lutheran teachers never mentioned how they came about. These pieces of added knowledge have only caused doubt in my initial confidence in God’s existence and my assumption on the bible’s truth have faltered. With knowledge systems using faith it is fair to ask how anyone can know for certain anything without evidence? Christianity, unless you are a chosen prophet or a primary source of the bible’s writing would not allow any direct evidence until the after life which, in itself is uncertain thus making it near impossible to know anything for certain in one of the many religious knowledge