Using Proofs to Establish a Case for Gods Existence: McCloskey

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In the argument with McCloskey about using “proofs” to establish a case for Gods existence I would first agree with McCloskey that we should not use “proofs” for Gods existence since “proofs” cannot be a 100% proof of Gods existence. But there are two arguments that can help explain the existence of God. The first is the best explanation approach which is the best explanation for the things we witness. Another classical argument is cumulative case approach, in this approach we use more than one argument to make a case for Gods existence. Both of these approaches to the existence of God is easier to understand than just the “proof” argument. We must also understand the defeaters of the arguments and also that the God of the Bible is not where the focus is. God has minimalist qualities such as he created the universe, he is intelligent beyond our knowledge, he is morally perfect, and he is also a personal being. With the discussion of cosmological arguments, McCloskey stated that just because the universe exists does not give reason to believe in God. I would first identify the objections that are carried when discussing the existence of the universe and the relationship to God that are found in the book Philosophy of Religion by C. Stephen Evans and R. Zachary Manis. Some believe that the universe has always existent with no starting point, my answer to that would be that the universe could have always existed and there for God could have always existed too. Another argument is if God made everything than who made God, that everything is a contingent being that has a cause for the reason why they or it exist, but God is not a contingent being therefore He did not need to be made for existence. We must then realize that n... ... middle of paper ... ...ve a happy life we must have three things; meaning, value, and purpose. I agree with this statement and question how an atheist can find these three if they do not believe in a higher power. An atheist cannot fully understand the meaning to their life except they are born then they die, or what value their life holds, or the purpose they have on earth. Being a Christian I find more joy and comfort in knowing that my life does have these three elements of meaning, value, and purpose than to believe that I am just here to be born, live, and die with no explanation as to why I am here. Works Cited Craig, William Lane. (2008). Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics (3rd ed.). Wheaton IL: Crossway Brooks. 71-90. Evans, Stephen, & Mains, Zachary. (2009). Philosophy of Religion: Thinking About Faith (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

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