The Nature of God Comparison Essay by BrainC

The Nature of God
A comparative analysis of the nature of God according to George Berkeley and Francis Bacon.
# 53749 | 1,861 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Nov 28, 2004 in Philosophy (Religion) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This paper examines how debates about the nature of God and faith have been prevalent since the inception of religion itself and how the debate is still ongoing; this is evident in the nearly infinite number of religions and religious denominations in the world today. In particular, it analyzes the philosophical views of George Berkeley and Francis Bacon. It shows how George Berkeley?s view of God is closely related to the theories he constructed around the human perception of reality and how, for Berkeley, everything in the external world is based upon the spiritual world. In comparison, it looks at how Francis Bacon, being a scientist and a Christian, took a more scientific view of God and the world than Berkeley, and how these two paradigms compliment each other in his philosophy.

From the Paper:

"Berkeley's description of the world and nature as purely spiritual is based upon a spiritual need that he perceived in his society. Through philosophy then he set about attempting to prove not only the existence of God and the spiritual, but to prove that indeed the spiritual is the only true reality. This idea, when viewed from the modern perspective, is somewhat far-fetched. He furthermore holds that a human being can hardly help but know the nature of God, as everything is spiritual. The very perception of the physical world is a communication of God to a human spirit. This appears then to be a rather desperate idea in an attempt to return people to spirituality and the morality that seemed to decline during the time."

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