Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Atheism vs Theism


The Logical Case For Theism

An atheist from the University of Windsor emailed me and asked for my best argument for the existence of God. I wrote him these logical syllogisms:


Everything that had a beginning is finite.
Everything that had a beginning had a cause.
Therefore, everything that is finite had a cause.


Everything that is finite had a cause.
The first cause cannot have a cause.
Therefore, the first cause cannot be finite.



Everything is either finite or infinite.
The first cause cannot be finite.
Therefore, the first cause is infinite.


Everything that is finite indicates the existence of a first cause.
The first cause is infinite.
Therefore, everything that is finite indicates the existence of the infinite.


That which is infinite had no beginning.
That which had no beginning needs no cause.
Therefore, that which is infinite needs no cause.


That which is infinite needs no cause.
Our first cause is infinite.
Therefore, our first cause needs no cause.


Effects cannot be greater than their cause.
Humans are sentient, intelligent, moral beings.
Therefore, our cause must be greater than us in consciousness, intelligence, and morality.


Effects cannot be greater than their cause.
Humans are sentient, intelligent, moral beings.
Therefore, our cause cannot be an unconscious, unintelligent, amoral thing.


The only logical conclusion which my mind can come to is that there is a God who created us and who is greater than us.

Jesse Morrell

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