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Arguments for God

I have an interest in arguments for and against the existence of God. Two big ones I’ve dealt with are: I briefly describe each below.

The Moral Argument

My favorite argument for the existence of God is the moral argument, which attempts to use morality’s existence as evidence for theism. One deductive form of the moral argument is this:
  1. If God does not exist, then objective morality does not exist.
  2. Objective morality does exist.
  3. Therefore, God exists.
My series on the argument from morality has four parts:
  1. The Moral Argument for God Part 1: Going from Morality’s Existence to God’s Existence
    How one can argue from objective morality’s existence to God’s existence.
  2. The Moral Argument for God Part 2: Does Objective Morality Exist If God Does Not Exist?
    Some believe that objective morality exists even if God does not exist; here I argue such people are mistaken.
  3. The Moral Argument for God Part 3: Does Objective Morality Exist?
    Another atheist response to the moral argument is to deny moral objectivism, but how well does that work?
  4. The Euthyphro Dilemma
    Rebutting this famous (or infamous) objection to God grounding morality.
  5. Epilogue: Awakening the Sensus Divinitatis
If you’re interested in just the deductive form of the moral argument, parts 2 and 3 are designed to be standalone entries in supporting the first and second premises.

The Leibnizian Cosmological Argument (LCA)

Here’s one form of the Leibnizian cosmolgical argument (LCA):
  1. Everything that exists has an explanation of its existence, either in the necessity of its own nature or an external cause.
  2. The universe exists.
  3. If the universe does have an explanation for its existence, that explanation is God.
  4. Therefore, the universe has an explanation of its existence (from 1 and 2).
  5. Therefore, the explanation for the existence of the universe is God (from 3 and 4).
Remarkably, the third premise is fairly uncontroversial and a lot easier to argue for than you might think. My five-page series on the Leibnizian cosmological argument also deals with one of the most fundamental questions of philosophy, “Why is there something rather than nothing?”

More Philosophy Tidbits

  • Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism
    Some atheists claim there is a conflict between science and religion. But what if there were a conflict between naturalism (disbelief in the supernatural) and science? Enter a remarkable argument that uses the theory of evolution to argue against the rationality of naturalism.
  • Abortion and the Famous Violinist
    In her famous violinist thought experiment, philosopher Judith Jarvis Thomson boldly claims that even if abortion entails killing innocent human life, abortion remains morally permissible. How well does this argument work?
  • Why Evidentialism Sucks
    Evidentialism says that no belief can be justified without sufficient evidence. An atheist might criticize religious people for being irrational because their beliefs do not have sufficient evidence. One small problem: evidentialism sucks! While it may seem reasonable on the surface, it has severe problems.
  • Why Falsificationism Sucks
    Does a belief (e.g. theism) have to be falsifiable to be rational or scientific?