November 14, 2008

Arguments For The Existence Of God

Some religious believers have no problem whatsoever with admitting that there is no evidence to support their belief. They perceive their faith as virtuous and recognize that it is precisely the absence of evidence that permits faith in the first place. Other believers accept that evidence would strengthen their case dramatically and are not eager to appear irrational. Such believers are convinced, however, that there are solid arguments and compelling evidence for the existence of their god. They use reason and experience to make their case. Theirs is a case we should understand.

From what I have been able to gather, there are roughly six categories of arguments for the existence of the Christian-Jewish-Muslim god. They are as follows:
  1. Ontology (denying god's existence is logically contradictory)
  2. Cosmology (god as first-cause or "unmoved mover")
  3. Design (god as designer)
  4. Consciousness (the emergence of human consciousness requires a god)
  5. Moral (god as required source of human morality)
  6. Revelation (spiritual experience, revelation, and miracles show us that god exists)
Did I miss anything? If you think you have an argument - or have encountered an argument - for the existence of the Christian-Jewish-Muslim god that does not fit into any of these categories, please let me know.

In upcoming posts, I'd like to look at some of these arguments in greater detail and have some discussion around them. I bet we could even get some good cross-blog dialogue going. At this point, I just want to make sure I'm not leaving anything out.