Philosophy Key Words for 'Belief about Deity'

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1. What is the teleological argument?

  • The universe is so complex it must have had a designer (God)
  • There must have been a first cause and this first cause was God
  • We can think of God, and therefore he must exist
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2. The doctrine that God took human form in Jesus

  • Resurrection
  • Incarnate
  • Ensouled

3. What is the cosmological argument?

  • We can think of God so therefore he must exist
  • The argument that there must have been a first cause and this was God
  • The universe is so complicated it must have had a designer

4. Which scientist challenged the creation story with his theory of evolution?

  • Charles Darwin
  • Richard Dawkins
  • William Paley

5. A 'transcendent' God

  • Does not act directly in human history, and is outside the universe
  • Works actively in human history
  • Works personally within situations

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