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  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)

  Existence of God - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The existence of God is said to be one of the latter.
The problem of evil (or theodicy) in general, and the logical and evidential arguments from evil in particular contest the existence of a god who is both omnipotent and omnibenevolent by arguing that such a god would not permit the existence of perceivable evil or suffering, which can easily be shown to exist.
Arguments for the Existence of God from the Christian Cadre.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Arguments_against_the_existence_of_God   (3897 words)

 Arguments for the existence of God
God is herein identified as Yahweh (Jehovah) of the Hebrews, the God of the Bible.
Three cosmological arguments are commonly relied on by theists to verify the existence of god: the first-cause argument, the contingency argument, and the entropy argument.
The assumption of a concept of cosmic justice is as controversial as is the existence of a god.
home.inu.net /skeptic/god.html   (6961 words)

 Moral Arguments for the Existence of God (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Moral arguments for God's existence may be defined as that family of arguments in the history of western philosophical theology having claims about the character of moral thought and experience in their premises and affirmations of the existence of God in their conclusions.
Argument III, and its thought that God must exist to attach a fail-safe system of rewards and punishments to moral rules, is avowing that moral facts are not intrinsically normative.
The core of Argument V is that morality is irrational or pointless given evil unless we posit an agency capable of defeating evil.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/moral-arguments-god   (7613 words)

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)

 Arguments for the Existence of God
While theology may take God's existence as absolutely necessary on the basis of authority, faith, or revelation, many philosophers-and some theologians-have thought it possible to demonstrate by reason that there must be a 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.
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.
www.mb-soft.com /believe/text/argument.htm   (3885 words)

 Classical Islamic Arguments for the Existence of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Thus neither for Traditionalism nor for Sufism was a proof of the existence of God necessary at all, since the existence of God was given directly either in Scripture, according to the former, or in the mystical process of direct apprehension, according to the latter.
The former laid special emphasis on the argument from contingency in a manner which definitely influenced the later Mutakallims; the later showed definite predilection for the teleological argument (dalil al-‘inayah) which had a basis in the Qur’an,[14] and was of a more compelling nature than the other arguments, according to him.
Instead, Aristotle’s casual argument for the existence of the Unmoved Mover grew logically and naturally from the Aristotelian thesis of the eternity of motion in an eternal universe.
www.muslimphilosophy.com /ip/pg1.htm   (4443 words)

 Arguments for the Existence of God
In view of the extreme ambiguity of the word 'God' and the extreme variety of the premisses and the modes of reasoning in the several types of theistic argument, it would seem to me that there is a strong presumption against any such identification.
And the existence of all natural events and substances must be dependent upon the existence of this non-natural substance by this non-natural kind of dependence.
That chapter is, indeed, concerned primarily with ethical arguments for human survival, and not for the existence of God.
www.ditext.com /broad/aeg.html   (11343 words)

 Design Arguments for the Existence of God [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The argument from biological information is concerned with an explanation of how it is that the world went from a state in which it contained no living organisms to a state in which it contained living organisms; that is to say, it is concerned with the explanation of the very first forms of life.
First, the very point of the argument is to establish the fact that there exists an intelligent agency that has the right causal abilities and motivations to bring the existence of a universe capable of sustaining life.
What proponents of design arguments for God's existence, however, have not noticed is that each one of these indubitably legitimate uses occurs in a context in which we are already justified in thinking that intelligent beings with the right motivations and abilities exist.
www.iep.utm.edu /d/design.htm   (8076 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.
pespmc1.vub.ac.be /GODEXIST.html   (922 words)

 20 Arguments for the Existence of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Arguments for design are attempts to vindicate this answer; to show why it is the most reasonable one to give.
The argument assumes that there are objective values; it aims to show that believing in them is incompatible with one picture of the world, and quite compatible with another.
God may be thought of as the inventor of morality, as he is the inventor of birds.
shakinandshinin.org /20Arguments.html   (14408 words)

 SUMMA THEOLOGICA: Does God exist?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
It seems that God does not exist; because if one of two contraries be infinite, the other would be altogether destroyed.
Therefore, if at one time nothing was in existence, it would have been impossible for anything to have begun to exist; and thus even now nothing would be in existence--which is absurd.
Therefore we cannot but postulate the existence of some being having of itself its own necessity, and not receiving it from another, but rather causing in others their necessity.
www.newadvent.org /summa/100203.htm   (1181 words)

 Arguments against the existence of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
A second major argument for atheism is the apparent ability of science to explain all the data in human experience without God....
The argument used by most English-speaking philosophers for atheism today is epistemological and linguistic...
There are objections to each of the arguments for the existence of God..
web.utk.edu /~mee/books/quest/con.html   (116 words)

 Classical Arguments for the Existence of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
There are three major evidences for the existence of God that people throughout time have argued from.
The most common argument used today is the overwhelming evidence of design, function, and purpose in the natural world.
To believe that the energy and matter of a "big bang" produced people all on its own requires tremendous faith which is not warranted by the scientific evidence.
mall.turnpike.net /C/cs/els/tsld004.htm   (237 words)

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