Flashcards in The 3 Classical Arguments for the Existence of God* Deck (6)
List and present the 3 arguments (Cosmological).
Every event must have a cause.
The series of causes cannot be infinite.
There must be a first cause, which is God.
List and present the 3 arguments (Ontological).
God is defined as the most perfect being.
To exist is more perfect than to not exist.
God must exist.
List and present the 3 arguments (Teleological).
The universe is similar to a watch in that they both exhibit order involving a congruence of parts and an adjustment of means to end.
The watch has a watch-maker.
The universe has a universe-maker which is God.
Present a response to each of the classical arguments (Cosmological).
If everything must have a cause, why doesn't god require one?
Why can't the universe be self-caused (or have always existed)?
An infinite series of events is not inconceivable or absurd.
Present a response to each of the classical arguments (Ontological).
Existence is different from other attributes.
-Adding existence to the concept of a thing doesn't add to its perfection, for the concept is still the same.
Cannot define something into existence.