Does God Exist? Research Paper by RightRiters

Does God Exist?
A look at arguments for and against the existence of a higher being.
# 23738 | 3,327 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 16, 2003 in Philosophy (Religion) , Religion and Theology (General)

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People have debated the existence of God for centuries. The paper examines theories by St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas who offered compelling arguments for the existence of God. It examines the opinions of critics who contend that their arguments and others are flawed and insufficient. They also state that the burden of proof rests with the believers because there is no indisputable indication of God's existence that cannot be explained by other means.

Table of Contents
The Case for God's Existence
St Anselm
St. Thomas Aquinas
Other Arguments
The Case Against the Existence of God
My Assessment

From the Paper:

"The debate about the existence of God is not just a religious and scientific debate. Scientists have weighed in on the subject as well. Some of their arguments reflect the reasoning of St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas, but from different perspectives. Bradley notes that the properties of the universe can be described in a few set laws, such as Maxwell's Equations, Einstein's Theories of Relativity, and Newton's Laws of Motion. The universe must have been made by design. Consider that if the strong nuclear force that binds the nucleus of atoms was only five percent weaker, the only stable element would be hydrogen. If these forces were just two percent stronger, the elements that support life would not exist. Furthermore, if the electromagnetic forces were to vary only slightly, the universe would be radically different. For example, there would be little carbon, a necessary component of life. The universe has to be just so to support life. Only a very specific set of conditions make our existence possible. It is extremely unlikely that all of these things would happen without design. Therefore, since the evidence of design is overwhelming, there must have been a designer. The designer was God (Bradley)."

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