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Religion and Life…read more

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Why do people believe in God ?
Religious Upbringing ­ Christian parents are likely to have their babies
baptised. As part of this sacrament , the parents will promise to bring up
their children as Christians and so encourage them to believe in God. -
Christian parents will teach their children to pray to God , they will also
teach their children to worship God in a church
How does religion upbringing lead to belief in God - Christians usually
teach their children to pray to God. This will make the children believe
that God does exists because he listens to their prayers. If God didn't exist
they wouldn't waste their time praying to him, so because they have been
bought up to pray , God must exist. - Going to Sunday School would
support belief in God because children would learn why Christians believe
in God and what they believe about him
The numinous ­ This is a feeling of the presence of God. When people are
in a religious building , in a beautiful place or looking up at the stars on a
clear night this gives them the awareness that there is something bigger
than them which they may feel might be God. How does this lead to belief
in God ­ If someone has a numinous experience they may start to believe
in God because the experience will make them believe that God is real,
also if you become aware of a presence bigger than you , you are more
likely to believe that the presence is God therefore you will believe in him.…read more

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Why do people believe in God ?
Conversion - this is the word used to describe an experience with God which is
so great that it causes the person to commit themselves to God in a special
way. It is also an experience which causes someone to change their religion or
change from agnosticism or atheism to belief in God.
Miracles ­ a miracle is an event that seems to break the law of science and its
only explanation is God. How can miracles lead to belief in God - If a miracle
has really happened It means God has acted on the earth. ­ If an agnostic or
atheist experiences a miracle they will firstly look for a natural explanation if
they cannot find one , they might start to believe in God. ­If an event seems to
break all the laws of science you start searching for explanations and if the
only explanation for a miracle is God , you are more likely to start believing in
Prayers ­ all religions believe that they can make contact with God through
prayers these prayers may be formal e.g. the Christian prayer offered in the
Eucharist and the Muslim prayer offered in salah. ­ If a person which is
praying feels that God is listening they are more likely to believe that God does
exist. ­ The biggest reason someone can have in believing in God is if their
private prayers are answered. If a agnostic or atheist person had a loved one
which was incurably ill and they prayed and their prayer was answered this will
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The argument of design and belief
in God
What is design ? Any complex mechanism is designed for a purpose.
Design involves things working together according to plan to produce
something that was intended.
Evidence of design in the world ?
Laws of science; a main reason why some people think the universe has
been designed is because the universe works according to laws. The laws
of gravity, electricity , magnetism , motion ,bonding gases all involve
complex things working together
DNA; is another piece of evidence for the design of the world. The
structure of the DNA and its formation of templates seem to indicate a
design or blueprint for the structure of organisms.
Beauty Of Nature: Artists see evidence of design in the beauties of nature
where sunsets, mountains and oceans seem to have a beauty which
seems to have took a long time to design.
How appearance of design may lead to belief in God ?
Anything that has been designed needs a designer , there is evidence that
the world has been designed.
If the world has been designed it must have a designer.
The only possible designer of something as beautiful and as complex as
the world must be God . Therefore the appearance of design in the world…read more

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The argument of design and belief
in God
How the appearance of God may not lead to belief in God ?
The argument ignores the evidence in lack of design in the universe e.g.
volcanoes ,earthquakes , hurricanes , diseases
All the evidence for design can be explained by science without needing
even to think of God.
The argument only proves that the universe has a designer , not God .
The designer could be many gods or a God who used this universe as a
trial run so he could create a better one .…read more

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The argument of causation and
belief in God
What is causation ? This is the process whereby one thing causes
another. It is often known as cause and effect.
Evidence of causation in the world
Cause and effect seem to be a basic feature in the world. Whatever we do
has an effect. Science seem to show when investigated that every effect
has a cause and every cause has en effect.
The argument from causation
The appearance of causation in the world is often called the first cause
argument. This argument makes people think that the universe , the
world and humans have come from somewhere they must have a cause.
As God is the only logical cause of the universe it makes them think that
God does exist or it supports their belief in God.
Why some people disagree with the cause
-Why should the cause stop at God ? If everything needs a cause then God
must need a cause.
The matter of the universe itself is eternal and so the process of causes
goes on forever
Even if the first cause did exist it would not have been God , it could be
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