Argument from Evil
David Humes Argument from Evil attempts to disqualify the existence of a perfect God
by begging the question: If God exists, why is there so much suffering? In the argument,
Hume first relies on the fact that if a perfect God
The Rough Idea
Q: Why does anything exist at all?
A: God caused things to exist.
Aquinas First Way
This is much the same as the Second Way, except talk of causes is replaced by talk of
motion (so that you get an unmoved mover).
Fideism (roughly): Religious beliefs can be legitimate regardless of what Reason says.
All you need is faith. (fides in Latin = faith)
Weak Fideism: Religious beliefs cannot conflict with Reason, but they can be legitimate
even without Reasons to support
Martin, A Critique of Fideism
Michael Martin provides some of the background for Ws view:
Because the meaning of a term varies from one language game to another, to understand
religious language one must see it from within the religious language game itse
Teleological Argument Paper
In Paleys version of the Teleological Argument, he presents an analogy in which he
compares the designer of the universe to a watchmaker. He starts off by asserting that a watch
does not simply form or appear at rando
Euthypro Dilemma Paper
Platos Euthypro dilemma for the Divine Command Theory questions whether God says
something is good because it is naturally good, or if something is good because God commands
it to be so. With the first horn, if God command