Unadulterated Arrogance

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Existence of God

Me, arrogant? - yes, narcissistic? - yes, to an extend, but what ppl fail to believe is that a person with such qualities can be religious also. Yes, I am a devout Christian and I am proud of it. There are many atheists out there who want proof of existence of God, well in my opinion its the faith alone that counts and not facts but nevertheless here are a few arguments in support:

The first purported proof of the existence of God is the ontological argument. The ontological argument seeks to prove the existence of God from the laws of logic alone. It dates back to St Anselm, an eleventh century philosopher-theologian and archbishop of Canterbury, but was also used by the French philosopher René Descartes. It argues that once we mentally grasp the concept of God we can see that God’s non-existence is impossible. This argument, if it is successful, demonstrates the existence of a perfect being that could not possibly fail to exist.

The second purported proof of the existence of God is the first cause argument, also called “the cosmological argument”. The first cause argument seeks to prove the existence of God from the fact that the universe exists. The universe came into existence at a point in the distant past. Nothing can come into existence, though, unless there is something to bring it into existence; nothing comes from nothing. There must therefore be some being outside of the universe that caused the universe to exist. This argument, if it is successful, demonstrates the existence of a Creator that transcends time, that has neither beginning nor end.

The third purported proof of the existence of God is the argument from design, also called “the teleological argument”. The argument from design seeks to prove the existence of God from the fact that the universe is ordered. The universe could have been different in many ways. It could have had different laws of physics; it could have had a different arrangement of planets and stars; it could have begun with a more powerful or a weaker big bang. The vast majority of these possible universes would not have allowed for the existence of life, so we are very fortunate indeed to have a universe that does. On an atheistic world-view, there is no way to explain this good fortune; the atheist must put this down to chance. On the view that God exists, though, we can explain why the universe is the way that it is; it is because God created the universe with beings like us in mind. This argument, if it is successful, strongly suggests the existence of a Creator that takes an interest in humanity.

The fourth purported proof of the existence of God is the moral argument. The moral argument seeks to prove the existence of God from the fact that there are moral laws. Moral laws have the form of commands; they tell us what to do. Commands can’t exist without a commander though, so who is it that commands us to behave morally? To answer this, we only need to look at the authoritative nature of morality. Commands are only as authoritative as is the one that commands them; a command of a ruler carries more authority than a command of a citizen. Moral commands, though, have ultimate authority; they are to be obeyed under all circumstances. Their authority transcends all human authority, and they must therefore have been commanded by a being whose authority transcends all human authority. The existence of moral laws, the argument concludes, thus demonstrates the existence of a being that is greater than any of us and that rules over all creation.

Together, then, these arguments claim to prove the existence of a perfect, necessary, transcendent being that created the universe, has authority over it, and takes an interest in humanity. This, if it could be accomplished, would be more than enough to show that the conception of God, and those conceptions of God related to it, are close to the truth.

5 Comments:

  • The meaning of purported
    Main Entry: 2pur·port
    Pronunciation: (")p&r-'pOrt, -'port
    Function: transitive verb
    1 : to have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming (something implied or inferred)

    In otherwords purported means a false claim

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/12/2004 08:26:00 AM  

  • Take it in the context of "inferred truth" and you get my point.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 9/12/2004 01:57:00 PM  

  • WordNet Dictionary

    Adj. 1. purported - commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds; "the foundling's putative father"; "the reputed (or purported) author of the book"; "the supposed date of birth"

    Synonyms: putative, reputed, supposed

    By Blogger injinuity, at 9/12/2004 02:12:00 PM  

  • point noted. I also realize, there are more answers out there, than the one I see

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/12/2004 07:49:00 PM  

  • Whoa!! That was a heavy read, man. What came over you? One day you are talking about how you admire Hitler, and the next day you go all God??? Pray, what happened on your way home after you dropped me?
    My inference from this post? You are now fit to be married. You see, I have this theory that athiests/persons with weak faiths/doubtfuls are not really ready for mariage. but the faithful, well, they are ready to believe in an unseen entity, whom they have only heard about. To have such a faith makes you ready for marriage, IMO.
    Also, after the bliss of marriage fades, you need some support, and what's better than god, I ask? So dont worry, get married.

    By Blogger Raju, at 9/13/2004 11:17:00 AM  

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