Belief in God

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  • Belief in God
    • Religious upbringing
      • babies baptised
        • parents encourage to believe in God
      • parents teaching to pray and worship
        • If God did not existt they would be wasting time
      • Sunday school
        • learn about God
        • normal feature of life, RE lessons teach God exists
      • Parents tell children about God
    • Religious experiances
      • numinous
        • feeling of the presence of God
        • experience makes them feel God is real.
      • Conversion and belief in God
        • used to describe an experiance of God which causing the person to change
      • Miracles
        • something which seems to break a law of science
        • God is the only explaination
      • Prayer
        • an attempt to contact God
        • If a prayer is answered
    • Design argument
      • evidence
        • DNA
          • structure indicate a design for the structure of organisms
        • Evolution
          • complex life forms develop from simpe ones
        • Beauty of nature
          • evidence of design
      • leads to belief in God
        • anything designed needs a designer
        • lots of evidence
      • not believing in God
        • lack of design
        • can be explained
        • dinosaurs
        • not neccessarily God
    • Causation argument
      • the process whereby one thing causes another
        • known as cause and effect
      • everything has a cause
        • anything caused to exist must be caused by something else
          • there has to be a first cause
            • this has to be God
      • may not stop at God
      • better explanations e.g. the universe is eternal
    • Scientific explanations for atheism and agnosticism
      • agnosticism
        • not being sure God exists
      • atheism
        • believing God does not exist
      • big bang
        • red-shift-light from other galaxies is evidence that the universe is expanding
        • the matter of the universe became so compressed that it produced a huge explosion
      • evolution
        • fossil records show similarities between life forms
      • argument that you need God is no longer valid
    • unanswered prayers-agnosticism/atheism
      • not feeling God's presence when praying
        • doubt God's existance
      • prayer=attempt to contact God.
    • Evil and suffering
      • reject God's existance
        • God would not have allowed natural evil
      • natural evil
        • suffereing that has not been caused by humans
        • tsunami
        • volcanoes
        • draught
      • moral evil
        • humans misusing free will
        • war
        • rape
        • murder
        • sins
      • God wants Christians to help those who suffer
      • follow the example of Jesus and stop suffering

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