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I Don't Believe in Coincidences
A Reflection on the Ontological Argument
Where Was God in Haiyan?
Love is Not a Feeling
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When something good and not-to-be-expected happens to you, how do you react?
Let’s observe a couple of situations, hypothetical…
You frantically skim the pages of your notebook filled with translations of some Latin prose. Ten minutes remain before the final exam. There is too much that you have not yet reviewed because sleep conquered Rome last night, but you choose that random passage from Livy Book VI and read it fast. Grab a pencil and run to the classroom. Dreaded thick stacks of tests slide from desk to desk. You pray for mercy, open the booklet, look down. 1) Translate the following: [insert that random passage from Livy Book VI].
This is one of three blog posts discussing the major proofs for the existence of God: the Ontological, Cosmological, and Teleological. This first post begins with the discussion of the Ontological argument and attempts to reconcile its reasoning with our own Christian faith.
Though it wasn’t the first argument to appear in Christian literature, the Ontological argument is by far the simplest and most comprehensible, and therefore, it is fitting that I begin my exploration of proofs for the existence of God here.
The following post is geared towards a Christian audience, assuming a knowledge of doctrine and scripture. In a few weeks, another article on the same topic will be published, from a different viewpoint and more geared towards non-Christian audiences.
“At a time when wickedness was great in the world…so too was the response.”
So begins the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming biblical epic, Noah. About halfway through the trailer, a wizened Methuselah says to Noah: “My father always said that one day, if man continued in his way, the Creator would annihilate this world.”