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Category: Apologetics (page 7 of 9)

Objections to the Moral Argument

I have to admit that the moral argument is my favorite for the existence of God.  I’m not for sure if it is the most convincing for others (I would say that goes to the Cosmological and Teleological arguments).  However, the moral argument is my favorite.

The reason it is my favorite is because as soon as someone makes an ethical claim (i.e. something is right, wrong, just, unjust, etc…), they prove the point of the argument.  Once someone starts speaking in terms of right and wrong then they must answer the question, where does the idea of “right” and “wrong” come from?  When a child first learns to say that is “unfair” we have proof that humans have the ability to view things in moral categories.  Anytime someone is upset about the action or lack of action of another then once again they are faced with why do humans have the capacity for morality?

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Moral Argument-An Example

You are walking through a park in your neighborhood.   It is your normal route. On your right is an open field and to your left is a creek.  The water is  high and moving faster than normal due to recent rain.  As you travel along you notice a young child at the edge of the creek.  You look for a parent and none is seen.  You watch the child when suddenly he falls into the creek.  And you walk away,  leaving the child to drown, because going into the creek would be a risk to your own life.

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Moral Argument for the Existence of God

Human beings, all over the earth, have a curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way.

–C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Every man has a standard of right and wrong.  We may disagree about who has the correct standard, but we all have a standard.  For instance when we view the holocaust it is not just viewed in terms of the facts.  Instead, we are convinced that it was wrong and that it “ought” not have happened.  Same is true of  news story where a mother kills her baby.  We develop moral outrage.

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What does the Ontological Argument teach us about God?

One objection from those who deny the ontological argument is that the existence of God is taught, not innate.  Their point is the reason people believe in God’s is that they have been taught to.  At first, that sounds reasonable.  A lot of us were in fact taught about God through our parents, or churches, or other means.  But that really doesn’t answer the big question of where did the original idea of God come from?  There had to be a first teacher.  The Christian claims the first teacher is God. (In fact he is the continuous teacher as all people yearn for the transcendent)

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Another Stab at the Ontological Argument

I was unable to write the last post on the ontological argument to my satisfaction.  Some understood the point, but I’m afraid others did not.  Not because of a lack of intellect on their part, but because of my inability to make my thoughts clear (If you want to read the post you can here).

The beauty of the different arguments for God’s existence (see the apologetics tab) is that there is more than one way to make the argument.  The same is true for the ontological argument.  Let me make the ontological argument in another way.

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