Does God Exist?

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Does God Exist ?

1. What role do arguments play in answering this question?

I think arguments have played an important role in analyzing and understanding the depth of this question, for mankind. Although the question itself seems factual (either it does or it doesn 't), yet no arguments have been able to answer this question conclusively, despite many debates going on for centuries. One possible reason for that inconclusiveness may lie in our intuition and the way, humans define God and existence. We will explain why we don 't think arguments conclusively answer this question, in more detail in answer to question 4 below.

2. Does Stroll offer any arguments that help answer this question?

Stroll himself doesn 't propose any
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Other critics of the strong version of the ontological argument point out that though it is possible to understand the definition of god in the argument, it is inconceivable to conceive of something of which nothing greater can be conceived. However, Stroll [1] pointed out that it is not possible to prove his proposition against the ontological argument and same can be said about other critiques of this argument as well. Hence the issue of existence of God is still undecided based on the ontological argument.

Stroll [1] then discusses the design argument which is based on empirical observation and experiment. The argument from design is a posteriori as it tries to assemble scientific, observational evidence in support of its proposition for existence of God. The design argument states that the natural world around us is like a complicated machine made up of smaller machines, in which each object fulfills a purpose to complete the complex circle of life in our world. Since all complicated artifacts can only be brought about by a designer thus the design argument proposes God 's existence as the ultimate designer of this complicated machine. Stroll looks at arguments for and against the design argument by the discussion of three philosophers (Cleanthes, Philo and Demea) in the book by David Hume (Dialogues concerning natural religion).

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