Now that Descartes has done away with what he was so sure of before, he finds himself lost in a world for which nothing seems certain. Nevertheless, he persists onward in his journey for truth. Until this point, he has shown me that I can doubt what I sense, my perspective, and the corporal world, he has even shown me that it is entirely possible that I am being deceived by a god or demon. But, there is something that is common in all of this: the “I” which is being deceived by god or the senses. Indeed, I am sitting here thinking about what word I’m going to write next, and even if I am being deceived about the computer in front of me or seat I am sitting on, I am still certain that I am thinking.
Below are some similarities with my personal beliefs. First, God exists because the existence of any other thing is because of God. Every dependent thing has a clarification for its existence. For that reason, if the universe has an explanation of its existence then it must be a personal being.
When discussing the philosophy of God’s plausible existence, several well composed arguments are presented, from Anselm’s Ontological Argument based the definition of God, to the Teleolgical argument grounded in the idea that a complex creation demands an intelligent creator; additionally, many debate that there is no need for a rational explanation as we are required in the nature of belief to take ‘leap of a faith’ regarding the existence of God. While each side offers valuable insight into this dilemma, I would argue that neither fully proves the existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful and all-good God. However, as I will discuss in the rest of the paper, the Teleolgical Argument and Kierkengaard’s faith eliminates dread argument when combined can reasonably provide evidence for the existence of God.
Anselm’s argument is based on this known definition of the concept of God alone. Descartes’ argument for the existence of God is based on his foundation of knowledge, logic. Humans have the idea in their minds of infinite perfection. Humans also have the idea of themselves as inferior to this idea as imperfect. For humans to have the idea of infinite perfection, there must be truth in the reason for them having this idea.
William Paley is a philosopher well known in the 18th and 19th century. He was well known for his piece entitled, “Natural Theology” which is a piece that argues for the existence of God and constantly compares it to a watch. He argues that if no one has seen someone one has seen a watch before, they would most likely believe that someone created it. He argues this because the complexity of the object was to complex for it to have just been that way naturally. In some people 's opinions, God can not create something so complex and can only be man made.
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.
Everyone has different opinions on politics, religion, science, and almost everything else, so people will also have opinions about the world and universe, which has been created 14 billion years ago. I am on this planet now and worry about the present. The past I cannot change, and the future I cannot predict. The discussion of what caused the existence of the universe is an interesting topic, but does not affect me now, and does not change who I am or my existence. Yes, everything has a cause of existence, but I do not believe it is necessary for me to know every cause of existence.
The forming of the elements that lead into creation, where these things came from before anything and anyone came to existence there was a being who made it all happen which was
This all sums to the conclusion that God is neither a fabricated idea either. Therefore, as a result, God must be an innate idea. The idea of God is one idea, not a compilation of multiple, of a unity of omniscience, perfection, and infiniteness that is encompassed in one being. We are all born with the idea of a perfect, all-powerful God because God has placed it in our
After reading The Teleological Argument, William Paley’s conclusion is straightforward and can be stated in just two words: God exists. His entire argument is based on a watch and is used as a means to prove God’s existence. As simple as a watch may seem, Paley describes its complexity and claims that a higher power had to have created its intelligent design. But how does he know that God designed the watch and a man didn’t? Paley argues that we have never seen a watch been made and that we are all incapable of designing something so unique and intelligent; therefore, we can conclude that something greater than us must have created it.
Holy person Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican monk, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. He was a massively persuasive philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the custom of scholasticism, within which he is called the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communes. He believed in god and proved the existence of god with different argument like motion, efficient cause, design and possibility and necessity. I personally liked the design form of argument.
This assignment will discuss the shared idea of existence and causation within Goldstein’s argument and Aquinas’ argument, as well as the vague idea of God that both philosophers conclude exists. Both philosophers argue that something cannot be the cause of itself and that there must be cause of the universe or a “first cause”. This is a virtue of the general cosmological argument and establishes . Aquinas (Oppy & Scott 2010, p.83) proposes that a self-caused cause is impossible since an event cannot precede itself. This assumes that time is linear.
All of the philosophers that we've studied so far have made some valid arguments concerning the existence, or non-existence of God. If I had to be swayed by an opinion for God's existence, or non-existence it would have to be by William Paley's argument. Paley's analogy is strong because of his metaphor of the watch to explain the universe and the existence of an intelligent designer. The weak part of this analogy is that the watchmaker as evidence can be produced in the physical form; the universe maker as evidence cannot be produced in physical form.
Saint Anselm’s Ontological Argument was most likely constructed during a time when the majority of the population was religious, in order to strengthen the belief that God exists. The thesis of the argument is as straightforward as it gets – that God does indeed exist. In this argument, God is defined to be the greatest entity that an individual can ever conjure in his or her mind. His argument uses the reductio assumption, and the proof that starts it off – ironically – is that God does not exist. It is assumed that the majority of the people living back then believed in God, but in order to emphasise this fact, Anselm talks about how “even the fool” that does not believe in God, admits that God is thought to exist.