The Existence of God and Revelation Flashcards
What is one belief that theists (including Christians) have?
That god created everything
What do atheists believe?
That god doesn’t exist and everything evolved naturally
What do agnostics believe?
That there is not enough evidence for God
What do Buddhist believe?
It’s not explicitly a theistic religion and that everything is created when the necessary conditions are met.
What is William Paley’s argument from design?
That the workings of a watch are so intricate that they could not have been produced by chance
What is Isaac Newton’s argument from design?
That the thumb must have been designed
What is Thomas Aquinas’ argument from design?
That only an intelligent being could keep the universe
What if FR Tennant’s argument from design?
He argued that the universe is too finely balanced in the universe for things like gravity and the force and speed of the big bang for these to be accidental.
What is the objection of natural selection against argument from design?
The theory holds that complexity arises naturally without the intervention of an intelligent designer
What is the problem of suffering against the design argument?
If the universe is designed why is there so much suffering?
What is the perception argument against the design argument?
That humans perceive the universe and project meaning and order onto the universe and look for an explanation using God.
What is the first cause argument?
- That everything has a cause.
- That the university exists, had a beginning and hence a cause.
- There must be something that has no cause which is eternal that must be the cause for everything else
- The eternal first cause can only be god
- Therefore god must exist
What do many scientists believe how the universe began?
It began with the big bang
What would theists argue about the big bang
that god caused it
what would happen if the universe was eternal
there would be no adequate cause and hence explanation