Arguments - Ontological Argument P| 1 Definition God is...

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Ontological ArgumentP| 1. Definition: God is that being than which no greater being can be conceived.P|2. God exists in the mind (we think of God).A3.AssumeGod exists only in the mind but not in reality (Atheism)3 |4. Then we can conceive of a being just like God but which also exists in reality. P | 5. Existence is a perfection. If two things are alike in all respects except the first exists in reality and the second does not, then the first is greater than the second. . 4,5| 6. We can conceive of a being greater than God. .1,6| 7. We can conceive of a being greater than that being than which no greater being canbe conceived(CONTRADICTION).RAA7|8. Thus we Reject the (Atheist) ) assumption that God exists only in the mind but notin reality. .2,8 | 9. God exists in reality. A Simple Basic version of the Cosmological ArgumentP | 1. The Universe exists.P| 2. Whatever exists must have a cause.1,2| 3. The Universe has a cause.P | 4. Only God could cause a Universe.4| 5. If the Universe has a cause, then God exists.3,5 6. God exists.The First Cause ArgumentP | 1. Every event has a cause.P | 2. An event (En) is happening now.1,2| 3. There was an event En-1that caused En,and an event En-2 that caused En-1,and so on…..P| 4. There cannot be an infinite regress of causes.3,4| 5. Thus there was a first cause E0that began the series.5| 6. Since E0 began the series, there was no event before E0 that caused E0. . 6| 7. Thus the first cause E0was an uncaused cause.P | 8. If there is an uncaused cause, it must be God.7,8| 9. God exists.The Contingency (Dependence) Argument(following statement of Rowe in text)P | 1. Every being (that exists or ever did exist) is either a dependent being or a self-existent being.

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