The Argument for the Existence of God Essay

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The Argument for the Existence of God

It is an undisputed fact that some people claim to have experienced God. It is these religious experiences that have been used by philosophers to argue for the existence of God. The main way of expressing the argument from religious experience is as follows:

P1 Someone experiences an entity

C1 The entity exists

P2 Someone has experienced God

C2 God exists

Those who champion the argument seek to differentiate ordinary experiences and religious experiences. The supporters of this argument argue that there are several key differences between the two types of experience: that religious experiences are completely different from what is normal
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The idea expressed here is that religious believers will become explicitly convinced that they are in God's presence when a religious experience occurs.

In order to stress that the experience was truly experienced and not simply a conclusion of a series of inferences (caused by consideration of a set of hypotheses), experiences are described through the undeniable, self-authenticating interaction of the five senses. For example, when you see a football heading straight towards you and subsequently colliding with your head, you not only see the football coming towards you but also feel the football when it hits your head. Through the interaction of the two senses of sight and touch it would seem illogical to deny the existence of the football and, indeed, the event itself. An analogy to this effect is often cited because the direct experience that comes from a spiritual sense and that not to believe in God's presence after this experience would seem absurd.

The point of the example of experiencing God 'something like the way that you would experience people' is not the idea of how we experience each other's bodies but how we experience each other's 'being'. This is further clarified by the suggestion that we also experience other people's minds,
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