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Does God exist?

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Does God exist? Both St Thomas Aquinas' cosmological argument and William Paley's teleological argument both claim to prove that God exists. However both arguments are ambiguous meaning that they can be interpreted in more than one way and so you can study both arguments and come away with two sensible conclusions claiming that God does or doesn't exist. In the piece I am going to go through each argument and give reasons as to how each argument supports a belief in God or does not support a belief in God. The main thrust of the cosmological argument is that when asking about how the universe was created, it would simply be illogical to claim that something sprung from nothing and so something must have created it. However today we have evidence that the universe was caused by a big bang, but St Thomas Aquinas was not alive at the time of this discovery however he would have said that it cannot be an answer because then you would have to ask the question, what created the big bang? ...read more.

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Some people actually think that it also makes sense to believe that the chain reaction of causes stretch endlessly backwards and there was no beginning at all. This idea supports a belief that there is no God. So overall by looking at the cosmological argument we can come away with a reason which supports a belief in God, but also a reason which does not support a belief in God and it is up to us whether we agree with the argument or disagree with the argument. Personally I believe that this argument supports a belief in God (the creator of the universe) because the idea that there was no beginning and the chain reaction of causes go on forever makes no sense to me at all, but the idea that there must have been a first cause makes sense. Next I will consider the teleological argument (the argument of design and purpose). The teleological argument starts by imagining you are walking across a field and you discover a watch. However this watch is very precise and complex and this shows evidence that it was designed very carefully for a purpose (which is to tell the time) ...read more.

Conclusion

You could instead say that the universe was created by a product of chance and that nature randomly 'plays' with the atoms through many different combinations until the right combination occurs. Therefore this argument produces a reason not to believe in God which is that the universe was created by chance and not a God. However my personal view on this is that this idea is illogical because if nature did things by chance, then the chance of everything turning out to be made just in the right way is very small and confuses me. So I think that Paley's arguments as well as Aquinas' argument both show stronger support in a belief of a God then a belief that there is not God. I believe that both arguments prove that God exist because they are logical and sensible arguments and that only people who already believe that God does not exist would use the two contradictory arguments which are that the chain reactions of causes stretch endlessly backwards and that the universe was created by a product of chance, to support their belief in there being no God without considering the logic behind them. Ram Aswani L4a ...read more.

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