Do Christians often think of the universe more in terms of materialism or deism, as if it is one big machine, rather than in terms of divine working? C.S. Lewis wrote in his essay “The Laws of Nature”:
The smallest event, then, if we face the fact that it occurs (instead of concentrating on the pattern into which, if it can be persuaded to occur, it must fit), leads us back to a mystery which lies outside natural science. It is certainly a possible supposition that behind this mystery some mighty Will and Life is at work.
In my previous two blogs, I dealt with two different philosophical arguments for God existence. The first was the kalam cosmological argument, and the second was the fine-tuning argument. Here I want to focus upon the moral argument. In general, it makes the observation that an objective moral law exists, and if such a thing exists, then God exists. In syllogism form, it looks like this:
- If God does not exist, then objective moral law does not exist.
- Objective moral law exists.
- Therefore, God exists.
Like all syllogisms, if the first two premises are true, then the conclusion (3) must follow. But are the premises true? Let’s look at each of them. Continue reading
In a previous post (found HERE), I discussed the argument for God’s existence based upon the idea that something brought the universe into existence. Another argument that shows God exists is the fact that this world has just the right characteristics to allow for life to exist. In other words, this world is “finely tuned” for the existence of life. But what made this world so finely tuned? It was God.
The argument goes like this:
- The fine-tuning of the universe is due to either physical necessity, chance, or design.
- It is not due to physical necessity or chance.
- Therefore, it is due to design.
There are numerous philosophical arguments that provide reasonable explanations for believing in the existence of God. One of the more popular and contemporary arguments is the kalam cosmological argument. Simply stated, it says that everything that begins to exist has a cause for its existence, and since the universe began to exist, then something (in this case, God) brought the universe into existence. In a traditional philosophical form, it is often put this way:
- Everything that begins to exist has a cause (for its existence).
- The universe began to exist.
- Therefore, the universe has a cause for its existence
This “cause” we call God.
Atheists often question and sometimes chastise Christians for believing in God because of the existence of evil. If God is all-loving and all-powerful, then why does evil exist? Wouldn’t he just take it all away? Since he does not, God must not be all that good, or he must not be as powerful as Christians believe him to be. So goes the atheist’s objection. Continue reading