Paper6PHL211 - existence we can try and understand His...

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Molly Shifrin February 23 rd , 2010 Paper #6 Philo’s conclusion is that God must exist since everything has a cause but we cannot know the nature of God because we have no experience with anything surpassing human nature, which is imperfect. Philo’s argument is being offered against the argument by Demea that they have been discussing not only the nature of God but only his mere existence. This is why he reaffirms his argument for God’s existence before he explains how man cannot understand his nature. I think that the strongest objection against this argument is that we do know at least something about God’s nature, if we are supposing God’s existence. For instance, we can imagine something that is more perfect. We can always guess at something greater, therefore I think that it can be argued that we can at least attempt to define God’s nature. I also think that, again presupposing God’s
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Unformatted text preview: existence, we can try and understand His nature through miracles or that which we can’t define or find the cause of on earth. Miracles are certainly surpassing human nature. Maybe they’re not godly nature but they’re at least the nature of the world around us. If we can understand the nature of the world around us and define it’s rules, who is to say we can’t at least attempt to define God’s nature? It seems like a pretty generous accusation that God’s nature is completely mysterious to human beings. Also, Philo makes the point that we use honorable human characteristics to describe God but we can’t use them for the mere fact that they are simply human and not divine. This seems silly to me. If one believes in God, how is their belief supposed to be backed up if they cannot describe his nature?...
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