Humans must endure life and its ups and downs in order to become a finished product worthy of God’s kingdom. (Hick, pg.85) In addition, the author objects to the antitheist argument that God is limited or weak in his power. After reading Swinburne “Is there a God” I believe the strongest objection is to his first objection to freewill. If humans were all good how would we ever be able to
Graham (2009), reiterates Popes requirements of knowledge of the bible and establishes a framework for a biblical worldview that should be built around the doctrines of creation, fall, and redemption. The doctrine of creation understands that God is the master creator of everything and is the ruler of his creations. God purposefully created man to live in this world and worship his glory. The fall is the belief that through an act of disobedience, humanity was forever tainted with sin. This forces us to continually seek him with our own accord to strengthen our relationship with God, because our purpose for creation is to worship him, and sin is a reminder for which Graham articulated, “that we cannot live without a god, even if it is a god of our own making” (Graham, 2009, 29).
Rhetorical Analysis "Fear is an instructor of great sagacity and the herald of all resolutions. "- Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” was a sermon written and delivered by American reverend Jonathan Edwards in 1741, and was an outstanding example of the potentially dominant convincing powers of the use of Rhetoric. The sermon, even when read silently, is effective in projecting a specific interpretation of the wrathful nature of God and the sinful nature of man. In crafting his highly effective sermon, Edwards utilizes his authority as a man of God and as an interpreter of the scriptures, a logical and direct organization of arguments, and violent imagery to convince his audience of the vengeance of God against man.
And last, he states that there is a perseverance of saints, therefore all who are saved are saved for eternity. Calvin expressed these ideas in the Institutes of the Christian Religion. This work of his was received with both criticism and intrigue. Calvin’s ideas were very radical, but he sought to back each of them up with what he believed was the ultimate authority of the Scripture. Calvin combats the idea that the church gives Scripture its authority because he believes that the Bible offers “as clear evidence of its truth, as white and black things do of their color, or sweet and bitter things of their taste” (31).
The text shows that John Calvin believed in predestination and election. According to John Calvin predestination is a decree from God that is unchangeable that he made before the creation of the world that he would save some people freely which he called the elect which gave to them eternal life, and the others which he called the reprobate would not be given access to salvation they would have eternal death. His reasoning behind predestination is best described by him in a few different ways. For the most part he said that there was no basis for election outside of God he said that God gave election ” in himself” in that he based his beliefs of predestination on “nothing outside of himself”. John Calvin also believe that the main purpose of predestination is that God would be glorified in praise of the elect for his grace and mercy and in wonderful judgment of the reprobates.
Saint Anselm delivered the strongest ontological argument for God through conceptual analysis. The ontological argument is a deductive argument that is an analytical statement that can be constructed by definition(s). He argues that one thing is necessary to exist, and that thing is God. God is a necessary being. His argument is known as reductio ad absurdum, which demonstrates through a contradiction that God exists.
(John Irving, pg 729) Which is exactly how John became a believer through Owen’s persistent of God’s eminent power within the natural world. The novel even states within the first sentence that “[Owen Meany] is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany”. It was Owen’s view of life and death and him sacrificing himself that lead John to think differently about God which in the sense is consider a rebirth. A rebirth for John in believing in
More so, Swinburne feels that God has no obligation to allow all human beings to live on equal terms. Therefore, the omnipotence of God’s authority is complete, and human beings must live with the circumstances of inequality by being able to choose evil over good. In a religious context, Swinburne has gathered much of “reasoning” from the Bible and other religious texts, which assume the existence of God through the moral tenets of “good” and “evil” as a criterion for God’s omnipotence and the free will that was given to human beings. Swinburne believes that there is a reason for all human choices, which has been defined by the moral authority of God in this interpretation of
The Westminster Larger Catechism says that man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. God intends for the earth to be full of image bearers (Genesis 1:28) and thus filled with His glory (Numbers 14:21). Man can labor toward this end by fearing God and following His commands (Ecclesiastes 12:13), by getting married and having children (Genesis 1:28), and by preaching discipling and baptizing the nations to obey Christ’s commands. When turning to the question of morality, we find that secular humanism has no valid answer to this question. If all we are is stardust bumping into stardust, no one can argue that there should be rules in this cosmic mosh pit.
The quote I chose was from the essay Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The quote states, “Accept the place the divine providence has found for you; the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.” The paragraph continues on and explains how men in the past have trusted and accepted God’s will and have been accepted into the highest mind, heaven. Emerson is trying to convey to us that God has a plan in each of our lives. As Catholics we need to understand that God is the one who created a plan for us. We should understand and accept that what happens in our lives is meant to happen for a reason because God intended it to happen.