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Keanna Washington Phil 1301 October 12, 2020 Descartes: The Existence and Nature of God Does God really exist? Where is the proof of his existence? Those questions are what pretty much every human being has asked themselves before. Descartes believes in God and elaborates his thoughts and feelings towards the existence and nature of God through his meditations. Descartes’ meditations are very complex. He often second guessed himself on his ideas and beliefs but then would end up back to his original thought. In the first two meditations, Descartes mentions God when discussing innate ideas and minds. Descartes believes that innate ideas are placed in one’s mind by God at creation, and while the ideas can be examined, they can never be changed. These early comments about God made me believe that Descartes does indeed believe in God. In the third meditation Descartes presents several arguments for the existence of God. Descartes says that God is his creator, and that he was created in his own image and likeness, and he believes that it is not of him or his ideas that he believes in the existence of God, but believes that he received this idea from God alone. According to him, he wouldn’t believe in the idea of God if it weren’t for God himself. He says; “I perceive I could not possibly be of such

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