We live in a time consumed by social media. 74% of adults with access to the internet have a social media account as of 2014, and what better medium to propagate memes than social media, where you can connect with thousands of people instantaneously? (Social Networking Fact Sheet) When one hears the word “meme,” they might think about childish jokes spread rapidly throughout the internet, but in reality, memes have no constraints to jokes. A meme is a cultural phenomenon in which an idea is spread rapidly and often altered to fit different demographics. (Dawkins 192)
1. Examine the strengths and weaknesses of the argument for the existence of God based on religious experience. (18) 2. ‘The argument merely indicates the probability of God and this is of little value to a religious believer.’ Discuss. (12)
In this paper, I will argue against the problem of evil, and I will give an adequate amount of information to prove why I believe Rowe’s Problem of Evil argument is not cogent, because although it is strong, all the premises are not true. This paper will also include me explaining, discussing, and evaluating Rowe’s Problem of Evil argument. In the argument, he discusses logical reasonings about why there is a strong argument for why atheism is true.
One burning and enduring problem in philosophy to which we have given considerable examination is the question of the existence of God--the superlative being that philosophers have defined and dealt with for centuries. After reading the classic arguments of St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas, the contentious assertions of Ernest Nagel, and the compelling eyewitness accounts of Julian of Norwich, I have been introduced to some of the most revered and referenced arguments for and against God's existence that have been put into text. All of them are well-thought and well-articulated arguments, but they have their holes. The question of God's true existence, therefore, is still not definitively answered and put to rest; the intensity of this
Brown, Neil. "The New Atheism and The Existence of God.” Compass, 46, no. 3, 2-5. Kensington, Australia: Compass, Spring 2012.
So If you ask others have I struggled well, they would probably tell you yes. Looking at my life from the outside, I seems to have it pretty together. I take on many task a father, a youth leader, a surgeon, an administrator (and now student) and remarkably get it all done. If you ask me, have I struggled well, I’d have to say, “ I am not so sure” I have many doubts and question. Sometimes God and I have some talks and they are not so nice from my end. But what does it mean to struggle well? I think of Corrie Ten Boone, what an amazing woman. She struggled well. She was a Christian survivor of the Concentration camps (read the Hiding Place to know more about her story) She wasn’t perfect. She certainly saw life in the concentration camps different than her sister Betsy who was much more accepting of God's will. In the end though she came to the realization that God was in control of all things and she was able to trust in him. While my life and struggles pail in comparison, I believe that life is a journey and it the struggles of life that help us to ultimately bring us around to full obedience and trust in God. Why did James in verse 2 of chapter one say to “count it Joy when you face trial of many kinds.” It is no because they are fun or enjoyable, but because of what the outcome will be. In the following verses. He goes on to say that trials develope patients and through patients we are made complete. It is when we realize this that we then can
In the article “ On Being an Atheist,” H.J. McCloskey attempts to inform his readers that the belief in atheism is a “much more comfortable belief” by effectively using a disdainful rhetoric towards theists and their faith. McCloskey delves into both the Cosmological and Teleological arguments, which within he criticizes the arguments and to further his argument against theism, he also presents the Problem of Evil and why evil cannot possibly exist with a perfect God being the creator of universe. What will be displayed in this essay are the counter-arguments to McCloskey’s criticisms and the attempt to discredit his claims that regard the “comfortable” position that lies within atheism and its arguments.
Does God exist? This question has been in debate for centuries with many opposing views, some arising from philosophers on the same side while others refute Gods existence altogether. However for this particular paper I will be taking the best explanations approach. What I mean by this is I do not have proof of God’s existence but the existence of God is the best explanation for the universe around me. With this statement in mind we will discuss arguments in support of God’s existence as well as philosopher H.J McCloskey’s article On Being an Atheist.
Everyone has trials and tribulations in life, and we all face different ones. One story that really spoke to me is the one where the man who moves the rock from the middle of the road finds the bag of gold. The problems in life aren’t going away, so trying to avoid the pitfalls in life is just going to cause more issues. It is important to solve the trials we are faced with instead of running away.
Although explicated on many occasions and by many different authors, the teleological argument for the existence of God provides the best springboard from which to launch contemporary convictions of faith. In the revised edition of his earlier The Existence of God, Richard Swinburne constructs a solid outline that reveals the exact structure of the teleological argument. He presents both forms of the teleological argument , holds each under the light of skeptical review and then provides insight and defense that allows for careful philosophical review.
H.J. McCloskey Published an article in a journal call Question One in February of 1968, he named it “On Being an Atheist”. In McCloskey’s article, he states a very compelling explanation in why he thinks the everlasting disputes of God’s existence fails. My paper is responding to McCloskey’s arguments with a theistic worldview.
This doesn’t mean trials will be absent from your life, instead by understanding God, though scriptures, and prayer you will know what role trials play in your life.
What Richard Dawkins is trying to say in this piece of superb rhetoric is that if you’ve read the Old Testament that god is a horrendous monster. He regards the god of the Old Testament as the “worst character in all fiction” and when he says fiction it is an statement to show that he himself does not believe in a god. Dawkins says this as a way of introducing the point that he will be attacking the god of the Old Testament. If you look back in the bible God is directly responsible for many mass-murders. God orders the killing of innocent people like in the story of Noah’s ark even after the Ten Commandments says “Thou shall not kill”. Christians today are quick
The following is a response to H.J. McCloskey’s article, On Being an Atheist. This paper will argue against some of the main points that McCloskey presents, as well as showing strong evidence to refute the claims that God doesn’t exist. The following will challenge McCloskey’s cosmological and teleological arguments, and it will challenge McCloskey’s view that God cannot exist because evil is present in the world. The first argument that this paper will challenge, however, is McCloskey’s statement of theists trying to prove the case for God.
The God Delusion is a theoretical work by Richard Dawkins criticizing religion. He introduces it as a book solely dedicated to disproving any God or gods in any religion as a whole, which makes it somewhat odd how in the last few chapters he begins focusing on the social effects of Christianity specifically. He focuses in the brief introduction on why he feels religion should not be given any special allowances in the law, which seems to be one of the areas where either one agrees with it or they don’t. The only part I felt it strange for him to include was when he claimed that Einstein had not believed in the Christian God, but rather a generic, spiritual God. It doesn’t seem like the beliefs of one person should