• Religion

Five Proofs for the Existence of God


Author: Edward Feser
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 1681497808
Category: Religion
Page: 336
View: 2285
Five Proofs of the Existence of GodÊprovides a detailed, updated exposition and defense of five of the historically most important (but in recent years largely neglected) philosophical proofs of God's existence: the Aristotelian proof, the Neo-Platonic proof, the Augustinian proof, the Thomistic proof, and the Rationalist proof. Ê This book also offers a detailed treatment of each of the key divine attributes -- unity, simplicity, eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, perfect goodness, and so forth -- showing that they must be possessed by the God whose existence is demonstrated by the proofs.Ê Finally, it answers at length all of the objections that have been leveled against these proofs. Ê This book offers as ambitious and complete a defense of traditional natural theology as is currently in print.Ê Its aim is to vindicate the view of the greatest philosophers of the past -- thinkers like Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Aquinas, Leibniz, and many others -- that the existence of God can be established with certainty by way of purely rational arguments.Ê It thereby serves as a refutation both of atheism and of the fideism which gives aid and comfort to atheism. Ê

    • Religion

New Proofs for the Existence of God

Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy
Author: Robert J. Spitzer
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802863833
Category: Religion
Page: 319
View: 7809
Responding to contemporary popular atheism, Robert J. Spitzer's New Proofs for the Existence of God examines the considerable evidence for God and creation that has come to light from physics and philosophy during the last forty years. An expert in diverse areas, including theology, physics, metaphysics, and ethics, Spitzer offers in this text the most contemporary, complete, and integrated approach to rational theism currently available. "Skepticism about the possibility of proving the existence of God often relies on data from modern science. In this splendid new book Father Robert Spitzer explores the implications of the latest discoveries in big bang cosmology, string theory, quantum physics, and the ontology of time to craft a series of convincing philosophical arguments. To paraphrase a popular commercial, this is not your father's old 'natural theology' textbook ù it's a gripping and compelling account of the best current arguments for theism."ùJoseph W. Koterski, S.J., Foidham University "A most original and insightful case for the existence of God.... Fr. Spitzer's new proofs pose a serious and compelling challenge to the unconscious hegemony of naturalism in the worlds of both philosophy and the sciences."ùFrancis J. Beckwith, Baylor University "Rare is the theologian who keeps abreast of the latest developments in fundamental physics, and even rarer the one who can discuss them with the theological and philosophical sophistication that Fr. Spitzer displays in this book. A challenging and original work."ùStephen M. Barr, University of Delaware, author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

    • Religion

Five Proofs for the Existence of God


Author: Edward Feser
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 1621641333
Category: Religion
Page: 336
View: 6399
Five Proofs of the Existence of GodÊprovides a detailed, updated exposition and defense of five of the historically most important (but in recent years largely neglected) philosophical proofs of God's existence: the Aristotelian proof, the Neo-Platonic proof, the Augustinian proof, the Thomistic proof, and the Rationalist proof. Ê This book also offers a detailed treatment of each of the key divine attributes -- unity, simplicity, eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, perfect goodness, and so forth -- showing that they must be possessed by the God whose existence is demonstrated by the proofs.Ê Finally, it answers at length all of the objections that have been leveled against these proofs. Ê This book offers as ambitious and complete a defense of traditional natural theology as is currently in print.Ê Its aim is to vindicate the view of the greatest philosophers of the past -- thinkers like Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Aquinas, Leibniz, and many others -- that the existence of God can be established with certainty by way of purely rational arguments.Ê It thereby serves as a refutation both of atheism and of the fideism which gives aid and comfort to atheism. Ê

    • Philosophy

Revisiting Aquinas’ Proofs for the Existence of God.


Author: Robert Arp
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004311580
Category: Philosophy
Page: 284
View: 9288
Edited and introduced by Robert Arp, Revisiting Aquinas’ Proofs for the Existence of God is a collection of new papers written by scholars focusing on the famous Five Proofs or Ways (Quinque Viae) for the existence of God put forward by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) near the beginning of his unfinished tome, Summa Theologica.

    • Religion

Does God Exist?

A Socratic Dialogue on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas
Author: Matt Fradd,Robert Delfino
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780999881408
Category: Religion
Page: 162
View: 4634
If you want an easy and fun way to understand St. Thomas Aquinas's five arguments for the existence of God, this book is for you. Written as dialogue between Lucy and AJ in a coffee shop, these arguments are presented by Fradd and Delfino in every day language, with helpful examples and analogies, and by raising and answering objections along the way. Additional resources at the end of the book will deepen your understanding of the material, help you to grow in wisdom, and strengthen your faith.

    • Religion

Proofs of God

Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth
Author: Matthew Levering
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 1493403362
Category: Religion
Page: 256
View: 6027
Leading theologian Matthew Levering presents a thoroughgoing critical survey of the proofs of God's existence for readers interested in traditional Christian responses to the problem of atheism. Beginning with Tertullian and ending with Karl Barth, Levering covers twenty-one theologians and philosophers from the early church to the modern period, examining how they answered the critics of their day. He also shows the relevance of the classical arguments to contemporary debates and challenges to Christianity. In addition to students, this book will appeal to readers of apologetics.

    • Philosophy

The Five Ways

St. Thomas Aquinas' Proofs of God's Existence
Author: Anthony Kenny
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780415318457
Category: Philosophy
Page: 131
View: 7567
First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

    • Nature

The Reality of Time and the Existence of God

The Project of Proving God's Existence
Author: David Braine
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198244592
Category: Nature
Page: 383
View: 941
The author renews St. Thomas's way of conceiving God as the immediate principle of existence by working within the exigencies of contemporary general philosophy.

    • Philosophy

Sense and Goodness Without God

A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism
Author: Richard Carrier
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781452059266
Category: Philosophy
Page: 444
View: 1601
If God does not exist, then what does? Is there good and evil, and should we care? How do we know what’s true anyway? And can we make any sense of this universe, or our own lives? Sense and Goodness answers all these questions in lavish detail, without complex jargon. A complete worldview is presented and defended, covering every subject from knowledge to art, from metaphysics to morality, from theology to politics. Topics include free will, the nature of the universe, the meaning of life, and much more, arguing from scientific evidence that there is only a physical, natural world without gods or spirits, but that we can still live a life of love, meaning, and joy.

    • Philosophy

Aquinas’ Proofs for God’s Existence

St. Thomas Aquinas on: “The Per Accidens Necessarily Implies the Per Se”
Author: D. Bonnette
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401023808
Category: Philosophy
Page: 216
View: 8921
The purpose of this study is to investigate the legitimacy of the principle, "The per accidens necessarily implies the per se," as it is found in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. Special emphasis will be placed upon the function of this principle in the proofs for God's existence. The relevance of the principle in this latter context can be seen at once when it is observed that it is the key to the solution of the well known "prob lem of infinite regress. " The investigation of the principle in question will be divided into two Parts. A preliminary examination of the function of the principle will be made in Part I: Domains Other Than That of Creature-God. The domains to be considered in this Part are those of accident-substance, change, and knowledge. Employing what is learned of the function of the principle in these areas of application, Part II: The Domain of Creature-God will analyze the role of the principle in the proofs for God's existence. This latter Part will constitute the greater portion of the book, since the domain of creatures in their relation to God is the most significant application of the principle in the writings of St. Thomas. In the course of this investigation, relevant analyses by St. Thomas' commentators - both classical and contemporary - will be considered. Finally, in light of the insights offered by St.


    • Fiction

36 Arguments for the Existence of God

A Work of Fiction
Author: Rebecca Goldstein
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307456714
Category: Fiction
Page: 506
View: 2821
Psychology professor Cass Seltzer finds his relationship challenged by a former girlfriend's invitation to join her biochemistry experiment in immortality, an effort that is complicated by his ongoing quest to understand religion.

    • Philosophy

Aquinas's Way to God

The Proof in De Ente Et Essentia
Author: Gaven Kerr
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190224800
Category: Philosophy
Page: 205
View: 2937
Kerr examines St Thomas Aquinas's much-neglected proof for the existence of God in 'De Ente et Essentia', Chapter 4. He offers a contemporary presentation and interpretation of this proof as well as a defence. Beginning with the distinction between the key concepts of 'essence' and 'esse' in Aquinas's thought, the book moves from an account of these metaphysical principles to their use by Aquinas in establishing that there is a single unique primary cause from which all that is comes to be. Along the way, important themes in metaphysics are examined from a Thomistic perspective.

    • Philosophy

Who Designed the Designer?

A Rediscovered Path to God's Existence
Author: Augros, Michael
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 1681496542
Category: Philosophy
Page: N.A
View: 2757
The "New Atheists" are pulling no punches. If the world of nature needs a designer", they ask, then why wouldn't the designer itself need a designer, too? Who fine-tuned its capacity for understanding? Or if it can exist without any designer behind it, then why can't we just say the same for the universe and wash our hands of a designer altogether? And why do we find "bad design" in the world, such as our backwards-wired eyes and injury-prone backbones? Why do bad things happen to good people, if a provident and benevolent mind watches over us? Rising to these and similar challenges, philosopher Michael Augros poses rarely asked questions that enable his readers to find out for themselves: The impossibility of a "universe without a cause" Why nature must be the offspring of intelligence Why an undesigned designer is not only a possibility, but a necessity Why the first cause of all things must be the most perfect being Interweaving its pursuit of the First Cause with personal stories and humor, this ground-breaking book takes a fresh approach to ultimate questions. While attentive to empirical science, it builds its case not on authoritative pronouncements of experts which readers must take on faith, but instead upon a nuanced understanding of universal principles implicit in everyone's experience. Drawing from this non-sectarian source, Who Designed the Designer? forges common philosophical ground for Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, and non-religious thinkers with an open mind. Here is essential reading for all people who care about contemplating God, not exclusively as a best-explanation for the findings of science, but also as the surprising-yet-inevitable implication of our commonsense contact with reality. Writing with the conviction that timeless truths are not the property of the geniuses who happened first to give them voice, Augros harnesses such intellects as Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, ushering into the light a wealth of powerful inferences that have hitherto received little or no public exposure. The result is an easygoing yet extraordinary journey, beginning from the world as we all encounter it and ending in the divine mind.

    • Religion

The Reality of God

The Layman's Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator
Author: Steve R. Hemler
Publisher: TAN Books
ISBN: 1618902210
Category: Religion
Page: 192
View: 8331
Does God exist? Which is true? Evolution, creation...or both? Are we no more than meaningless collisions of molecules? Or do we owe our existence to a Creator, who has willed us (and everything else) into being, and who has a plan and purpose for our lives? The Reality of God addresses these all-important questions by providing an introductory overview of key scientific evidence, philosophical reasons, and insights drawn from human nature demonstrating God’s existence. In simple, accessible language, and well-supported by scientific experts, author Steven Hemler guides the reader through the most compelling evidence for the existence of God. Hemler shows how natural sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics far from disproving religious belief suggest and reveal the existence of a Creator at every turn. Those seeking sound reasons and credible science supporting belief in God will cherish this easy-to-read book. The Reality of God provides: • An opportunity to address doubts about God’s existence • Persuasive reasons for belief • Arguments showing the compatibility of faith and reason • Answers to the evolution vs. creation debate The Reality of God puts forth in layman’s terms how science and the natural world point to God’s existence. Anyone seeking answers to life’s deepest question will find in author Steven Hemler an indispensable guide.

    • Philosophy

Meditations on First Philosophy

with Selections from the Objections and Replies
Author: René Descartes
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191604941
Category: Philosophy
Page: 336
View: 5395
'It is some years now since I realized how many false opinions I had accepted as true from childhood onwards...I saw that at some stage in my life the whole structure would have to be utterly demolished' In Descartes's Meditations, one of the key texts of Western philosophy, the thinker rejects all his former beliefs in the quest for new certainties. Discovering his own existence as a thinking entity in the very exercise of doubt, he goes on to prove the existence of God, who guarantees his clear and distinct ideas as a means of access to the truth. He develops new conceptions of body and mind, capable of serving as foundations for the new science of nature. Subsequent philosophy has grappled with Descartes's legacy, questioning many of its conclusions and even his basic approach, but his arguments set the agenda for many of the greatest philosophical thinkers, and their fascination endures. This new translation includes the Third and Fourth Objections and Replies in full, and a selection from the rest of these exchanges with Descartes's contemporaries that helped to expound his philosophy. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

    • Religion

The Case for Catholicism

Answers to Classic and Contemporary Protestant Objections
Author: Trent Horn
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 1681497891
Category: Religion
Page: 342
View: 2004
This is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and thorough defense of the Catholic Church against Protestant objections in print. This book is especially relevant as the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation draws near and discussion of the arguments made against the Church during that time in history receive renewed interest. The Case for Catholicism answers arguments put forward by early Reformers like Luther and Calvin as well as contemporary defenders of Protestantism like Norm Geisler and R.C. Sproul. It provides a meticulous defense of the biblical and historical nature of Catholic doctrines from Scripture and church history. Finally, in both answering Protestant objections to Catholicism and in providing evidence for the Faith, The Case for Catholicism cites modern Protestant scholars who question Reformation assumptions and show how evidence from Scripture and church history support aspects of Catholic theology. This book is divided into four sections, with each answering a key question Christians have asked about the nature of their faith. Those key questions are: What is my authority? What is the Church? How am I saved? Who belongs to the body of Christ? The Case for Catholicism will become a reliable, resource for any Catholic who desires a well-researched, readable, and persuasive answer to Protestant arguments made against the Catholic faith.

    • Religion

The Last Superstition

A Refutation of the New Atheism
Author: Edward Feser
Publisher: St Augustine PressInc
ISBN: 9781587314520
Category: Religion
Page: 299
View: 6024
Argues that "new atheism" is based on an unfounded "mechanical" view of the world and the "teleological" vision of the ancient philosophers is rationally vindicated.

    • Philosophy

God ́s Existence. Can it be Proven?

A Logical Commentary on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas
Author: Paul Weingartner
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110324628
Category: Philosophy
Page: 116
View: 6500
The aim of the book is to show that the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas, i.e. his five arguments to prove the existence of God, are logically correct arguments by the standards of modern Predicate Logic. In the first chapter this is done by commenting on the two preliminary articles preceeding the Five Ways in which Thomas Aquinas points out that on the one hand the existence of God is not self-evident to us and on the other hand, that, similar as in some scientific explanations, the mere existence of a cause for an effect which is evidently known to us can be proved. In the second chapter every argument is translated into the symbolic form of Predicate Logic and its logical validity is shown. Additionally a detailed and critical discussion of the premises of each argument is given.

    • Religion

God? Very Probably

Five Rational Ways to Think about the Question of a God
Author: Robert H. Nelson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498223753
Category: Religion
Page: 322
View: 8839
In recent years, a number of works have appeared with important implications for the age-old question of the existence of a god. These writings, many of which are not by theologians, strengthen the rational case for the existence of a god, even as this god may not be exactly the Christian God of history. This book brings together for the first time such recent diverse contributions from fields such as physics, the philosophy of human consciousness, evolutionary biology, mathematics, the history of religion, and theology. Based on such new materials as well as older ones from the twentieth century, it develops five rational arguments that point strongly to the (very probable) existence of a god. They do not make use of the scientific method, which is inapplicable to the question of a god. Rather, they are in an older tradition of rational argument dating back at least to the ancient Greeks. For those who are already believers, the book will offer additional rational reasons that may strengthen their belief. Those who do not believe in the existence of a god at present will encounter new rational arguments that may cause them to reconsider their opinion.