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Agnostic

Insufficient evidence to say wether God exists

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All compassionate

Omni benevolent; all loving

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All merciful

Always forgiving

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Atheism

Belief that there is no God

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Benevolent

All loving

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Conscience

Sense of being right and wrong

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Design argument

God’s existence by focusing on the evidence of design (watch maker) William paley

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First cause argument

Everything is caused by something so everything must be cause by God - Thomas Aquinas

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General revelation

Idea of being able to see something through nature/bible (everyone can see) ~ holy scriptures, nature

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Humanism

Focuses on the morally good behaviour of humans (no God)

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Illusion

Something is not real and a trick of the mind

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Immanent

At work in the world and involved in creation

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Impersonal

Beyond human understanding

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Miracle

An event that contradicts the law of nature

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Omniscient

All knowing

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Omnipotent

All powerful

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Personal

Humans can build a close relationship with him

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Polytheist

There are many Gods

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Reality

What is actual or provable by science

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Science

Collection of knowledge form observations and testing

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Transcendent

Beyond space and time

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Ultimate reality

A term used for God

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Vision

Seeing something not physically real

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The argument from miracles

BELIEVERS - non scientific explanation, amazing events are caused by God
ATHEISTS - don’t prove God, just a happy coincidence, miracles that heal are the placebo effect (illness is in the mind)

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Evil and suffering

Natural evil and moral evil
ATHEIST - why is there suffering if there is an omnipotent God, more likely he doesn’t exist
CHRISTIANS - moral evil is a result of using God-given free will and making a mess. Natural evils are caused by man
FUNDAMENTALIST - Adam and Eve (the fall), no longer ‘good’ and full of natural evil

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Anthony Flew and the invisible Gardner

Show religious people who to interpret science
> two jungle explores came across a clearing. One thinks that it is an accident and the other believes that there is a gardener. No gardener is found - the believer argues that maybe the gardener is invisible. After tests no gardener is found and the believer continues to believe.
Believers might agree that God caused the Big Bang but the rest of creation happened as a result of natural selection and not all prayers are answered - so God might as well be imaginary or not exist

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Special revelation

A vision that is seen by a particular person (Bernadette in Lourdes) ~ visions and miracles