Access to Religion and Philosophy. Philosophy of Religion by Peter Cole

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Key words Necessary being: a being whose non-existence would be a selfcontradiction. This is its sense in the ontological argument. It can also be used in the causal sense, of a being who is required as an explanation. Contingent: that which need not be, that which could have been different; something that has dependency. ii) Second form Anselm developed his argument to demonstrate that it was impossible to conceive of God as not existing. This is the idea that God is eternal and has always been, so He is not limited by, or in, time.

Paley argued that even if you had never seen a watch before, you would know that this instrument did not happen by chance, but must be the result of the work of an intelligent mind. All the parts fit together and achieve the purpose of telling the time. The watch must have had an intelligent and skilled maker who designed it to do what it does. The watch demands a watchmaker, and no entirely naturalistic explanation would be acceptable. Likewise, the way the universe fits together for a purpose demands an intelligent designer.

In Meditations he proposed his philosophical arguments for a unified and certain body of human knowledge. He broke free from the dogmas of Aristotle and supported instead the new age of science. 24 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION Descartes favoured independent enquiry from first principles and asserted only that which could be known to be certain. A crucial part of his argument involved the existence of God as a guarantor for the certainty that the external world exists. The argument he uses is a form of the ontological argument: ● ● God, a supremely perfect being, has all perfections.

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