The Existence of God - First Cause Argument
St Thomas Aquinas
Everything has an unknown cause; this unknown cause being God - supported by Genesis (1:1-3)
God caused the Universe and everything in it
Cannot be proved
Leaves unanswered questions as to what God did afterwards
If God is supposed to be benevolent, omniprescent, omnipotent then would he cause evil and suffering?
Atheist believe the Universe started by chance
The Existence of God - Design Argument
Look at a watch and see it's intricacy. Paley links this to the World, the World is too intricate so has to have been designed
Everything suited to environment e.g. polar bear with fur and fat for warmth
God is the designer who designed the Worl and everything in it
Darwin shows evolution of animals to suit environment
What did God do after? Unanswered questions
Penecillin was an accident - no design
The Existence of God - Religious Experience
Strengthens faith/creates faith
God showing himself
Evidence not strong
Not seen by many people
Could be hallucinations/imagined
God picking favourites?
The Existence of God - No God
Why might some people say there is no God?
Science disproves God
Universe started by chance
Arguments leave unanswered questions
God picking and choosing favourites?