There is no evidence for the existence of God. Discuss.

Authors Avatar by simojo (student)

RS Essay

“There is no evidence for the existence of God.”

To answer this question we will need to look at the opinions, evidence and arguments of Christians who are against this argument and those who believe in the statement and are for it. We will look at the counter arguments given and if they can themselves be countered. We will also try and look at the strengths and weaknesses in each of them.  What evidence is there for the existence of God?

One important argument for the existence of God is the Cosmological Argument. This is the argument that every event in the natural world has a beginning and therefore a cause, Plato said that this was like a ‘domino effect’. In order for this to work there must be a first cause. One explanation for this is God. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” Genesis 1 tells us that he made the universe (heavens).This is the explanation backed by Christians because it is what they believe as the only logical answer. Some people disagree and have alternative views. They argue that it doesn’t have to be the Christian God or that the first cause might actually have been the universe. Christians to counter this would say that the ‘Big Bang Theory’ is not incompatible with their belief in a creator God.  

Join now!

The Teleological Argument picks up after the Cosmological argument. If the world was made by a first cause, the order and complexity of the natural world suggests that it has purpose and has been designed. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Richard Dawkins disagrees with this because he says there is no evidence in favour of intelligent design. The counter argument is the Goldilocks Effect which says that everything is fine-tuned for our existence for example the distance from the sun or the composition of gasses. This is an argument that Christians give ...

This is a preview of the whole essay