Thursday, October 05, 2006

Theistic Arguments

Which Theistic Argument do you appeal to?

Teleological Argument
Moral Argument
Cosmological Argument
Ontological Argument

Keep in mind this is an unofficial poll.

I suppose if I have to pick 1 of these four choices I would line up with Ontological. It's probably most closely related to what I believe is the "intuitive" argument, that is that since Ecclesiastes 3:11 is true ("He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in their hearts, yet so that man can't find out the work that God has done from the beginning even to the end"), we simply know that we were made for more than this lifetime, and we identify with the creator that made us. We've had eternity set in our hearts.

I dont subscribe to just one argument. I think it is like algebra, where there are like 18 million different ways to solve one problem, all of which are correct and give the right answer. But the argument that appeals to me the least is the ontological argument, but that is probably because I least understand what the argument actually is saying.
I think that the cosmological argument is somewhat plausible. It at least provides reason to believe in a First Causer or First Mover. But it's a big leap from those conclusions to belief in the Christian God.
I myself am a fan of the Anselm version of the Ontological argument. For the reasons that John pointed out, I don't think that the Cosmilogical argument moves us towards the Christian God, whereas the Ontological argument "can" moves us in that direction.

In simple terms it is stated, "Because we can concieve of the most perfect being...This being must exist."
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