Category Archives: Existence of God
See also: Is the Moral Argument Unbelievable?
Jewish history records that Alexander Janneus had 800 of his enemies crucified at his palace while forcing them to watch the execution of their wives and children.… Read more
This article outlines the “argument from reason” against scientific naturalism and for theism.
1 What is Scientific Naturalism?
Scientific naturalism, or strict naturalism, is the view that the spatio-temporal universe of entities postulated by our best current (or ideal) sciences, particularly physics, is all there is (Moreland, 2012, p.284) This world-view aims to provide an event-causal, scientific account of how everything has come to be and a general ontology in which the only entities which exist are those which bear a relevant similarity to those which would characterise a completed form of physics (Moreland, 2012, pp.282-285).… Read more
In his best-selling book The God Delusion (TGD), Richard Dawkins claims that belief in God is not only mistaken but irrational, especially in the light of modern science. He criticises belief in God from many angles, but in what he considers to be the central argument of his book, he claims to have shown that ‘God almost certainly does not exist’ (TGD, p.… Read more
“Why believe that there is a God at all? My answer is that to suppose that there is a God explains why there is a physical universe at all; why there are the scientific laws there are; why animals and then human beings have evolved; why humans have the opportunity to mould their characters and those of their fellow humans for good or ill and to change the environment in which we live; why we have the well-authenticated account of Christ‟s life, death and resurrection; why throughout the centuries millions of people (other than ourselves) have had the apparent experience of being in touch with an guided by God, and so much else.… Read more
Lawrence Krauss caused quite a stir with his claim that physics – and, in particular, his book A Universe from Nothing – could explain why the universe exists. In his afterword Richard Dawkins claims that Krauss has torn up ” the last remaining trump card of the theologian, ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?” This is sometimes referred to as the “cosmological argument”; and it is worth evaluating because thinkers from Plato to Leibniz , from Wittgenstein to Sartre to Weinberg have all wondered why there is something rather than nothing.… Read more