The Proof of the Existence of God

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The Proof of the Existence of God There are many arguments that try to prove the existence of God. In this essay I will look at the ontological argument, the cosmological argument, empirical arguments such as the avoidance of error and the argument from design. There are many criticisms of each of these that would say the existence of God can’t be proven that are perhaps stronger than those saying it can be. The definition of God for which is being argued is the Christian God who has the qualities of being perfect and who created the universe. The ontological argument follows that God id perfect and no greater being is imaginable. If God did not exist, he would not be the greatest being imaginable. He is the greatest thing imaginable. Therefore he does exist. From this argument, God’s existence is viewed as necessary (Ayer. A.J. 1973). His existence is seen as simply another property of his being. Just like omnipotence and omnipresent are properties. One example that has been used to explain this is a triangle. A triangle has certain properties such as all of the angles add up to 180o and even if we have never thought about it before we clearly recognise these properties ‘whether we want to or not’ (Cottingham. J. 1986). A triangle’s real meaning is independent of our mind just as God’s existence is. We can’t separate the property of all angles adding up to 180o from a triangle and we can’t separate the property of existence from God. But this argument raises the question of whether or not existence can been defined as a property. A property of something should give more information about what is being described such as sayi... ... middle of paper ... ...God and that we should not and cannot try to prove his existence because of this (AR V11 180; CSM 11 127, as cited in J. Cottingham, 1986). Belief is a question of faith. For those who believe in God do not feel it necessary to prove his existence as their faith is enough for them. To a person who’s belief is so certain and so strong, God’s existence cannot be denied even without proof. But on the other hand, God’s existence can not be proved in terms of objective arguments and scientific facts. In answer to the question, God’s existence cannot be proved, but neither can his non existence. References Ayer. A.J. (1973) The Central Questions of Philosophy: The Claims of Theology: Chapter 10 Cottingham. J. (1986) Descartes: Blackwell Publishing Cottingham. J. (2005) Western Philosophy: Blackwell Publishing
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