The Knowledge Of God 's Existence And Fundamental Characteristics

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Using solely reason, we can obtain genuine knowledge about God’s existence and fundamental characteristics. Although the more complete knowledge of God unveiled in revelation cannot be strictly proven through the use of reason, this knowledge is consistent with that which we have come to know through reason. Therefore, it is entirely reasonable to hold the Catholic narrative of God as truth.
Modern society, however, insists that only what is proven through science is worth believing. This attitude stems from the belief that the scientific method employed in science is the only clear-cut method for determining truth. This is why renowned physicist Stephen Hawking’s scientific explanation for the complexity and origin of the universe is well respected by many. Hawking’s Scientific Determinism supposes that we are in fact biological machines whose decisions are determined by the chemical reactions that occur within the body, thus eliminating the concept of free will. Furthermore, Scientific Determinism effectively removes God from the picture by insisting that scientific laws cannot be laws “if [they] only hold when some supernatural being decides not to intervene.” Hawking’s theory is supposed to be trustworthy because it relies on the scientific method of determining causes and their effects. However, this viewpoint, as “scientific” as it may seem, fails to provide multiple causes or explanations to critical questions. As Thomas Nagel points out, Hawking fails to…
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