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The Ontological Argument

Updated: Apr 1

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The Ontological Argument

"Reasonable Faith features the work of philosopher and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig and aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today, such as: -the existence of God -the meaning of life -the objectivity of truth -the foundation of moral values -the creation of the universe -intelligent design -the reliability of the Gospels -the uniqueness of Jesus -the historicity of Jesus' resurrection -the challenge of religious pluralism." from video introduction

Theology helps us to understand not only the world God made but him as well. The Bible, god's Holy Word is the basis for all things yet it is educational for us to consider what and where Theology takes us.

There are five arguments; The Ontological Argument, The Kalam Cosmological Argument, The Fine Tuning Argument, The Moral Argument and The Leibniz Contingency Argument.

The ontological argument is thought to have been first clearly articulated by St. Anselm of Canterbury, who defined God as the greatest conceivable being. Anselm’s reasoning was that, if a being existed only in the mind but not in reality, then a greater being was conceivable (a being which exists both in the mind and in reality). The famed seventeenth-century French philosopher René Descartes supported the ontological argument. The ontological argument was revived again by Norman Malcolm in 1960. Variants of the ontological argument have been supported and defended by contemporary philosophers such as Alvin Plantinga (who bases his argument on modal logic) and William Lane Craig.


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