Believing in God

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What are the main features of a Catholic upbringing?
Sacraments, Catholic school, taught to believe in God, taught to pray to God, mass
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How may a Catholic upbringing lead to belief in God?
Believe parents when they tell them about God, parents pray to God and wouldn't waste their time, see people praying at Mass leads to belief in God, believe teachers when taught about God
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Four types of religious experience
Numinous, conversion, miracle, prayer
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How religious experience may lead to belief in God?
Numinous - only thing greater than us is God (God exists), Conversion - feel God is calling them to do something for him (God exists), Miracle - only explanation is God (God exists), Prayer - feel God is listening/has answered a prayer (God exists)
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Argument of design and belief in God
Anything designed has a designer. World shows evidence of design (gravity, DNA etc.) Therefore world has a designer. Only thing great enough is God. So God must exist
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Argument from causation and belief in God
Cause and effect is a basic feature of the world. Universe, world and humans have a cause. God is the only logical cause. So God must exist
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Scientific explanations of the world
Big Bang happened 15 billion years ago. Red shift is evidence for it happening. Gases on Earth produced primitive life. Evolution occured
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How scientific explanations of the world may lead to agnosticism or atheism
Science can explain universe and humans without God. If God existed, he would be the only explanation for the world.
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How Catholics respond to scientific explanations of the world (1)
1. Scientific explanations prove God created the universe because: only God could cause Big Bang to happen at exactly the right time, only God could make laws like gravity needed for the Big Bang, only God could make gases react to create life
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How Catholics respond to scientific explanations of the world (2)
2. Both scientific explanations and Bible are correct - one of Gods days could be millions or billions of years. Main points of Bible story fit with science.
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Why unanswered prayers may lead to agnosticism or atheism
Don't feel presence of God when praying, if prayers are unanswered, good Catholic asks for sick child to be healed, pray for ending human suffering God wouldn't allow it to exist
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How Catholics respond to unanswered prayers
Won't answer selfish prayers, answer in unexpected way, answers prayers in best way for us, gives us what we need not what we want
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Why evil and suffering may lead to agnosticism or atheism
Omnipotent - can remove E+S, omni-benevolent - wants to remove E+S, omniscient - knows E+S would come from creating universe
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How Catholics respond to the problem of evil and suffering
Humans cannot understand reason for E+S so follow Jesus' example, misuse of free will by humans caused E+S, preperation for paradise, God has a reason for not removing E+S but humans can't understand because God is divine
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Believe parents when they tell them about God, parents pray to God and wouldn't waste their time, see people praying at Mass leads to belief in God, believe teachers when taught about God

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How may a Catholic upbringing lead to belief in God?

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Numinous, conversion, miracle, prayer

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Card 4

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Numinous - only thing greater than us is God (God exists), Conversion - feel God is calling them to do something for him (God exists), Miracle - only explanation is God (God exists), Prayer - feel God is listening/has answered a prayer (God exists)

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Anything designed has a designer. World shows evidence of design (gravity, DNA etc.) Therefore world has a designer. Only thing great enough is God. So God must exist

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