Can God’s existence be proven with certainty? For this question, you may compare the “proofs” of Descartes and Thomas Aquinas and indicate whether Descartes’ certainty or Aquinas’ doubt seems more plausible. (Philosophy of Religion Issue) Rene Descartes The foundationalist Descartes seeks certainty for his belief in God and claims to find such certainty in a proof from the history of ideas. This proof has come to be known as the ontological proof. Descartes tries to support a theistic view with his radical foundationalism. Descartes asked himself whether there was any room for value in a world of scientific fact. He was looking for a way to preserve the personal and the moral in an impersonal world of scientific fact. Descartes regarded religion as the source of morality, and he tried to find a place for both religion and science. Having established the existence of his own mind, he next entertains the notion of a perfect being and asks whether such a being actually exists. Some of the
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