9: Arguments for the Existence of God
When truth or knowledge previously hidden is revealed (by God)
When something is seen physically
When something is seen in dreams
Something that appears to break the law of nature; reveals something about God and strengthens/refines the faith of believers.
The removal of evil spirits that have possessed a person.
A feeling of the presence of God
A view that is based on a personal perspective that is hard to prove to others.
A view that is based on factual verifiable external details.
The big ideas.
The teleological argument
Also known as the design argument: design (in the world) means (there is a) Designer.
The cosmological argument
Also known as the first cause argument: what first caused the universe. Cause and effect.
A worldview where the idea of God is rejected.
A worldview where people are central. There might be a God, but people are definitely the focus here.
The prime mover
This is what the Ancient Greek Philosophers Plato and Aristotle believed to be the first cause of all moving things.
A worldview where there is a God who made and sustains all things.
A worldview where God IS the universe - rather like an impersonal electrical force.
All or everything
Suffering caused by the natural world - e.g. tsunamis.
Suffering caused by human choices e.g. Rape/murder
An argument or defence for why God permits evil to exist.
God directly reveals truth, for example, through prophets, the Bible, but most fully in Jesus Christ.
Evidence in the world around us of God's goodness particularly the beauty of the created order. (Like no caller ID - you know someone is there but you don't know who)
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