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Describe some of the arguments which followers of the religion which you are studying might put forward to show there is a God

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A) Describe some of the arguments which followers of the religion which you are studying might put forward to show there is a God [A01 40%] I have chosen the Christian religion to examine in this particular piece of coursework. Over the centuries philosophers and theologians have put forward a number of different arguments to argue the existence of God. The particular arguments I will be looking at are the Teleological Argument and the Cosmological Argument. William Paley put the Teleological argument forward. This argument is also known as the argument of Design and Purpose. He believed that there was natural evidence in the world which supported the idea of a divine designer whose aim was to produce such a supreme life form. The world is too complex and far too detailed to have been made just by chance that it has a designer. It argues against the Big Bang by putting it into perspective and comparing the world with a watch. On a smaller scale, it defines that if all the small pieces of a watch were put in a tray and thrown up into the air, it isn't likely that all the pieces would fall perfectly into place and the watch would work fully. Therefore, how could the world (being the watch) just fall into place as the Big Bang argument states? The world must have had a designer, someone who planned and made the world, just like someone designed, planned and made the watch. If you were to look at the world like the watch, and think about how it had a designer to make it, you can understand the Teleological Argument saying that the world is way too complex to just appear from a bang. ...read more.

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This argument collides with the Cosmological Argument previously. These are just a few approaches that a Christian might use to put forward to show there is a God. b) Explain how some of the difficulties which might be found in trying to describe God [A02 35%] There are many difficulties in describing God. The first thing that people tend to mention is the fact that we haven't seen God. How can anyone possibly believe that a supreme being exists if we can't even see him? God is beyond our words there are so many different ways of describing God that its difficult to get your head round all of them. Some of the words describing God are: Omnipotent is the expression used to describe how far-fetched God's powers are. People could argue with that expression and say how can God over power every human being. There is no such thing as a power that major. How is that possible for people to establish? Omniscient means God is all knowing. That means that there is nothing that anybody can do, without God seeing one way or another. People would find that disturbing and unbelievable. How likely is it that one being could know about five billion people's lives and what they are up to at the same time? It's not possible that one person, how far-fetched they are, is capable of such things. Omnipresent meaning God is everywhere, again how probable is that? Does that mean that God is in my little finger, and my hair and my dad's fingernails as well as someone from New Zealand's little finger, and their hair, and even their dad's fingernail? ...read more.

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Someone who is Atheist (someone who doesn't believe there is a God) might need proof in order to believe the existence of the Supreme Being called God. No matter how strong the argument is you put forward to them, they are asking for visual proof. That would be impossible under any circumstances, there is no way you can then bring out a picture of God or call him over. However, some people who put forward strong arguments like the Cosmological, Teleological or the Ontological might change the person's pattern of thinking and he might start looking at things in a completely different way and begin to ask himself if there is such a Supreme Being that has designed and made us all. Here are some queries to think about when trying to find Gods existence. In order to find a person, we need to find where the person is. In order to contact something, we need to know the realm in which that thing exists. Where is God? What realm is God living in? Where is man? What realm is man living in? Is there a common realm in which the two may meet? So the question is can we prove that God exists? The answer is no, you can't. Very few come to Christian faith through a process of logical proof. We may believe very sincerely that God exists, but producing proof is quite another matter and makes the matter of God being real more impossible. It is nearly without dispute that everything that exists is visible to physical eyes. So, if in fact God does truly exist, he too should be visible to the eyes. ...read more.

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