Argumentative Essay on Does God Exist?

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Does God Exist?


In my life on this planet I have come to question many things that many take on as blind
faith. We all know that someday we will 'physically' die, Yet, we continuously deny the
forces working inside ourselves which want to search out the true outcome of what may or
may not come after death. It's far easier for humanity to accept that they will go on to a
safe haven and be forgiven for all, rather than to question the existence of a super
omnipotent being. Fortunately, there are some of us who tend to question the why's and
how's that come before us. We question the creation of humanity and the religious
teachings received from our parents, our church and our society. This paper examines the
many rational arguments for and against the existence of God. It is based on the views of
some of the great philosophers and scientists of our world. I will show that there is no
sufficient proof or comprehensive arguments for the existence of God. Some people search
for eternal peace through the beliefs in God; but this is an impossible belief because of
the chances, the plausibility, and because of science.


ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENTS God generally refers to one supreme, holy, personal being,. The
divine unity of ultimate good-ness and of ultimate reality. St. Anselm of Canterbury
developed what we have learned to be the ontological argument. He began his argument by
saying that even a fool can grasp or understand the concept of "a being than of which
nothing greater can be conceived." He continues to state that a fool would say that the
concept of this being's existence is only in his mind and in the mind of others but not in
reality. However he also admits to the possibility of this being existing in reality.
Whatever is understood by the fool is argued that than which nothing is greater can be
conceived cannot solely exist in the mind but also in reality, hence, God exists.
(Angelfire) This personally sounds like a salesperson's pitch to confuse and conquer for a
sale. Gaunilo felt the same. He frequently debated with St. Anselm on behalf of the fool.
He stated that it was not possible to visualize the concept of this perfect being because
one can only imagine an image when one has an idea of what that image is suppose to
resemble. There is no idea behind the image therefore the image itself can't exist. St.
Anselm's argument in my opinion is reduced to just a statement because it really has no
foundation. Kant also agrees with me by stating that the argument is simply based on words
and not reality. The ontological argument is impressive to the average mind but to others
it's deception is clear. With words like perfect, necessary and existent that are built
into it's definition, it seems impossible to be argued with. Even if the theist could
prove in some miraculous way this perfect being's existence, he still wouldn't be able to
link that "being" to being God.


TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENTS The argument for God's existence from design has also stirred
controversy among philosophers and society. It is said that the complex order and design
of the universe is obviously the work of an intelligent architect. In Psalm 19 it's
written "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his work ".
Theists have used this well known argument(teleological) for thousands of years as strong
evidence for the existence of God. William Paley continued the argument of Socrates,
Plato, and Aquinas. He said that if one found a watch in a field, one would automatically
conclude that it was made by a watchmaker because of its obvious design. The complex
design of the world also points to a grand designer.(god) This is interesting but he left
out that people will automatically think of a watchmaker when stumbling upon a watch
because we know that watches are made by watchmakers. Aquinas made me question my
non-belief with his argument for the existence of God. It is called the posterior
approach. He had five ways of proving God's existence which were; argument from motion,
efficient cause, possibility and necessity, the gradation to be found in things and the
governance of the world. Of all these, his first I found most stimulating. This argument
states that nothing can move without being moved by another or an original mover. He
continues by stating, motion is nothing else than the reduction of something from
potentiality to actuality, but, nothing can be reduced from potentiality to actuality
except by something in a state of actuality. In conclusion, since the relationship between
motion and mover can't go on to infinity, there must have been a first mover for whom is
God. Interesting and almost convincing but not true. David Hume introduced the idea that
the universe could have happened by chance and not by design. Science has always been a
stronger angle to any argument. Given an infinite amount of matter in the universe, it is
proven that the probability of the atoms that make up this universe as we know it to be
with an infinite amount of time is almost a 100% certain to take place. Scientists like
Darwin claimed that random mutation and natural selection was responsible for the
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