Background[ edit ] Need for demonstration of the existence of God[ edit ] Aquinas did not think the finite human mind could know what God is directly, therefore God's existence is not self-evident to us. For example, the general question of whether "God" has a body or is composed of matter is answered in question three, immediately following the Five Ways. For example, while he would allow that in all creatures there is found the trace of the Trinity yet a trace shows that someone has passed by but not who it is.
Keith Ward, former Regius Professor of Divinity and head of the theology department at Oxford University, wrote a highly acclaimed five-volume series on comparative religions. But atheism and agnosticism fit many of the diverse definitions of religion present in religious scholarship.
Everyone has a belief system, whether or not the word religion is applied And everyone whether Christian, Hindu, atheist, or agnostic, etc.
Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church: For example, atheism cites unintelligent natural processes of evolution working upon inanimate matter to explain the origin of conscious, intelligent, and personal beings such as ourselves.
Citing a non-conscious cause for consciousness, an unintelligent cause for intelligence, an impersonal cause for personhood, or a non-rational cause for reason, etc.
Again, a cause cannot give to its effect what it does not have to give. Why There Almost Certainly is a God. As the classical philosophers put it, the cause must contain more reality than its effects.
This is why the only logical option is to cite a conscious, personal, and intelligent cause read: God for conscious, personal, and intelligent agents such as ourselves.
Did mind produce matter, or did matter produce mind? Which came first, intelligent mind read: Indeed, is it the ultimate nature of reality?
Or is mind and consciousness an unforeseen and unintended product of basically material processes of evolution? Plato, Aristotle, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Kant, Hegel—they all argued that the ultimate reality, often hidden under the appearances of the material world or time and space, is mind or spirit.
As Max Planck, the Nobel Prize winning physicist who founded quantum physics, put it: I regard matter as derivative from consciousness.
We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness. They make unpredictable choices between alternative possibilities according to the laws of quantum mechanics.
It appears that mind, as manifested by the capacity to make choices, is to some extent inherent in every atom. The universe is also weird, with its laws of nature that make it hospitable to the growth of mind.Arguments for the Existence of God General Information.
Proofs 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 .
René Descartes: The Mind-Body Distinction. One of the deepest and most lasting legacies of Descartes’ philosophy is his thesis that mind and body are really distinct—a thesis now called "mind-body dualism." He reaches this conclusion by arguing that the nature of the mind (that is, a thinking, non-extended thing) is completely different from that of the body (that is, an extended, non.
August 10, A popular blogsite recently reviewed Reinventing Jesus (a book I coauthored with Ed Komoszewski and Jim Sawyer [see grupobittia.com for reviews and contents about the book]). The review was quite positive, and as is typical on blogsites, there were a lot of comments to follow.
John Rawls (—) John Rawls was arguably the most important political philosopher of the twentieth century. He wrote a series of highly influential articles in the s and ’60s that helped refocus Anglo-American moral and political philosophy on substantive problems about what we ought to do.
Against the Theory of ‘Dynamic Equivalence’ by Michael Marlowe Revised and expanded, January Introduction. Among Bible scholars there is a school which is always inquiring into the genres or rhetorical forms of speech represented in any given passage of the Bible, and also the social settings which are supposed to be connected with these forms.
Gerry, Thanks much for the great resource! On that topic, Bo Jinn comments in Illogical Atheism. The Humanist Manifestos were three official sets of atheist credos, drafted and signed separately over the course of exactly seven decades.