Essay on Believing in God's Existence

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Believing in God's Existence

Theism is a reasonable idea. Theologians have traditionally used several philosophical proofs in arguing for the existence of God. In my paper I will briefly discuss different arguments that have been used to prove God's existence. These are as follows: Cosmological; Teleological; Ontological; Religious Experience and Evil. These arguments are not always persuasive, but that probably says as much about us as it does about the arguments. People most often reject God for reasons other than logic. These arguments, however, do provide insights that, while not proving the existence of God, do provide insights that may be used to show evidence of His existence.

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This is proof of the existence of a perfect and consistent God.

When you see a tree with its branches waving in the wind do you believe there is a wind out there blowing the branches of the tree? You cannot see the wind, but you can see what it does, and so you know it is there. We can use the same example with air. We know that there is air all around us. Through science we know we cannot survive without it. We cannot see it, but we breathe it in and let it out of our lungs, and it keeps us alive. We know it is there because we know what it does.

The first argument I will talk about will be the Cosmological argument. It attempts to prove God exists through features of the universe, such as causes and effects. Thomas Aquinas is one of the most famous philosophers to argue for the existence of God in this way. In fact, he has five arguments but I will only discuss two of them. In the first he notes that everything in the world has a cause. Nothing has ever caused itself. We can look back at events through history and determine exactly how they came about. But Aquinas says this process can't simply have been going on forever. We do not live in an infinite world. Therefore there must have been a 'first cause', something infinite that did not need to be caused itself, but that has set

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