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  Does God Exist?
The first is an argument that we must not treat Jesus as merely a great human teacher, that he was either a liar, a lunatic, or God incarnate.
Even if some or all of the arguments for the existence of God were judged to be plausible, if there were also convincing arguments against the existence of God then this would be reason to question whether those arguments for God’s existence really are as successful as they seem to be.
To read a summary of the arguments, begin with the overview of the four proofs of the existence of God.
www.existence-of-god.com /does-god-exist.html   (1243 words)

 Contemporary Atheism Speaks Out In Humanist Manifesto 2000: Religion, Truth, and Value Without God
God's nature is reflected in his creation, much as a book reflects the ideas of an author, and yet no one would believe that the book was produced by blind, mindless chance over time.
Despite the rejection of the existence of God based on what at first appear to be sophisticated philosophical and scientific arguments, atheism is a worldview that cannot account for the very universe in which we live, much less the immaterial aspects of reality such as minds, logic, ethics _ even numbers, concepts, and thoughts.
This argument was presented forcefully by Greg Bahnsen in his debate with Gordon Stein February 11, 1985 at the University of California, Irvine.
answers.org /apologetics/atheism2.html   (3904 words)

 Arguments for the Existence of God
Apologists rely on a variety of arguments to substantiate the existence of a God, or to support the claims of divinity by a particular denomination's founder(s) or for its sacred texts.
Arguments for atheism or the nonexistence of a God can be found in the Arguments for Atheism section.
The occurrence of miracles is frequently purported to be evidence of the supernatural, and therefore of the existence of a God.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/theism/arguments.html   (555 words)

 Arguments for Atheism
In addition to the various arguments for God’s existence, there are a number of arguments against it.
Other arguments for atheism are of the second kind, claiming that the concept of God is incoherent, that there are logical problems with the existence of such a being, and that God therefore cannot exist.
In addition to these arguments for atheism, there are several less direct criticisms of Christianity, such as the view that belief in God is just an emotional crutch for the weak, or that Christianity is offensively exclusivist.
www.existence-of-god.com /arguments-for-atheism.html   (542 words)

 Arguments for the Existence of God
God's existence is a necessary presupposition of there being any moral judgments that are objective, that go beyond mere relativistic moral preferences; such judgments require standards external to any human mind-that is, they presume God's mind.
Against the cosmological argument (Aquinas' third argument), he argued that the idea of a necessarily existing being is absurd.
Kant held that the existence of God and the immortality of the soul were matters of faith, not ordinary speculative reason, which, he claimed, is limited to sensation.
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 Islam and Muslims Contemporary Issues - Groundwork in Islamic Philosophy - Chapter 3 Part 1: Arguments Against the ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
One of the major arguments proposed against the existence of God in contemporary western philosophy is the problem of evil.
It is based on the premise that for God to create self-directly and independent agents like humans, he had to grant a certain amount of freedom to them, and this freedom would inevitably result in human-to-human evil.
This may be because in the context of Muslim thought, the existence of God was a prerequisite.
www.islamic-paths.org /Home/English/Issues/Philosophy/Groundwork/Chapter_03a.htm   (1881 words)

 Arguments for and against the Existence of God
The polytheistic conceptions of God were criticized and derided by the monotheistic religions.
Since God is invisible, and the universe is no different than if he did not exist, it is simpler to assume he does not exist (see Occam's Razor).
None of these criticisms apply to the God of pantheism, which is identical with the universe and nature.
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Substantially the same arguments as are used today were employed by old-time sceptical Atheists in the effort to overthrow man's belief in the existence of the Divine, and the fact that this belief has withstood repeated assaults during so many ages in the past is the best guarantee of its permanency in the future.
This argument undertakes to deduce the existence of God from the idea of Him as the Infinite which is present to the human mind; but as already stated, theistic philosophers are not agreed as to the logical validity of this deduction.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice: because that which is known of God is manifest in them.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/06608b.htm   (4632 words)

 Atheistic Forum
This part considers whether religions have any special claim to being moral, whether the Biblical god is worthy of worship and it touches on the dangers that religion presents to society and individual humans.
The first part deals with some of the traditional proofs and arguments for the existence of gods and show that they fail.
God Doesn’t Exist, Part II - Arguments against the Existence of Gods
www.atheist.net /article/articles.html   (194 words)

 EOL Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Many of the seemingly meaningful arguments for or against the existence of God are found to be somewhat shallow - arguments that do not so much argue the existence of God, but instead discuss the 'fine details' of how he (or indeed she, it or even they) should be worshipped.
This argument is more complex than it may seem, but it basically seems to invalidate the proposition 'God exists' by stating that the whole concept of existence isn't just something you can tag onto something and hope that it proves it.
It is believed to be the oldest of the known arguments for the existence of God, dating back to the time of Aristotle and Plato, and later reworded and rewritten by the likes of Aquinas and Leibniz (5).
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The notion that God created the universe is contrary to the physical laws of the conservation of matter and energy; therefore, it makes no sense to conceive of a God that creates something out of nothing when the laws of physics clearly indicate that this is impossible.
This argument is guilty of what two of the arguments for the existence of God are also guilty of: an observation leading to a speculation, then bounding too far to become a supposedly stable argument.
God is supposed to be all-powerful and he is supposed to be all-knowing, as well.
www.thegadfly.org /ath3.htm   (2102 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
In this work, Mackie makes some strong arguments against theism, but his work is flawed by the fact that it he all too often dramatically overstates his case and claims that his arguments prove alot more than they really do.
The relevance of this is that he claims to have proved conclusively that it is logically impossible for God to place limits on his own omnipotence and he declares that it is logically impossible for any authority to pass laws limiting or expanding its own authority to pass laws.
Against some theistic arguments Mackie claims that the naturalistic rival hypothesis is as good an explanation (although details are lacking), thus merely leaving one with the sense that theism and atheism are in a stalement.
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 Philosophy Term Papers | Philosophy Essays   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The argument is based on philosophical arguments rather than religious, and draws on both classic philosophical thought and contemporary theory.
Specifically discussed are arguments presented by such theologians and philosophers as St. Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Rene Descartes, G.W. Leibniz, Immanuel Kant, and Soren Kierkegaard who argue in favor of God's existence and Baruch Spinoza, David Hume, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, who argue against God's existence.
This paper also considers the arguments of Spinoza as they are in direct conflict with the perspectives of Descartes and considers the presentation of this argument by Spinoza as a challenge against Descartes primary Cartesian premise.
www.universitip.com /essays/Philosophy-term-papers-161.html   (513 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and Against the Existence of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
First, a brief exposition of a philosopher's argument is surveyed, followed by an analysis of where the philosopher's strengths and weaknesses lie.
There is even a section on the most notorious of all arguments against the existence of God: the existence of evil.
The full spectrum of the arguments for and against God are here: first, in a brief exposition of a philosopher from the past, then in an analysis of where the philosopher's strengths and weaknesses lie.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/019824682X   (917 words)

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If God really existed, the Jews would have been able to convert the entire country (except that they were never there to begin with).
That purple llama on the ceiling is juggling chainsaws.
Atheist: X, Y, and Z all prove God is cruel and evil in the Bible and that He doesn’t exist.
www.tektonics.org /guest/300proof.html   (7420 words)

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