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Arguments for the Existence of God to a Non-Believer

Read Peter Kreeft's webpage "Twenty Arguments for the Existence of God" at
http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics-more/20_arguments-gods-existence.htm

Evaluate arguments 6, 14, 16, 18, and 19 and select the one that you would feel most comfortable using when trying to convince an open-minded non-believer in the existence of God.

Write analyzing your argument. Be sure to take into account of the following guidelines:

1. State the argument in your own words.
2. Explain the argument's strengths
3. Explain (two) of the argument's weaknesses (you should consider another reliable Internet source when addressing the weaknesses).
4. Explain which attributes of God are supported by the argument. For example, "Is the God proven to exist actually a personal God?"
5. Explain how you think that the argument might affect your non-believer intellectually and emotionally.

400-500 words in length.

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I've included my response as a .doc attachment. Of course, I cannot answer the questions for you, but I've given you a rational outline as to how you might structure a solid answer.

State the argument in your own words.
Explain the argument's strengths
Explain (two) of the argument's weaknesses (you should consider another reliable Internet source when addressing the weaknesses).
Explain which attributes of God are supported by the argument. For example, "Is the God proven to exist actually a personal God?" Explain how you think that the argument might affect your non-believer intellectually and emotionally.
6, 14, 16, 18, and 19

I've been reading Kreeft for many years. I know his style and mentality well.
Of course, I can't write the essay for you (nor will I answer every single question). I can, however, do the next best thing - give you a conceptual outline that you can then put into your own words. Trust me, you're in good hands with me.

Argument 6 is a strange one. It relies on the concept of infinity having no beginning or end (by definition). This argument is very old and predates Christianity. Aristotle and others held that matter was eternal. This also developed in the French Enlightenment.

The philosophical problem, however, makes this concept absurd. If the universe always was, then it is infinitely old. If it is infinitely, old, then everything that ever could happen has already happened, including me typing this right now. Time itself collapses. All that has ever happened, ever could happen, and will ever happen has already happened. We can conclude therefore, on many more bases than this one, that matter has a beginning.

This argument is tough to argue against. Most atheists that you come up against will not make the claim that matter is eternal. Hence, it is not one of the more important ones. It is a "formal" ...

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The following posting provides arguments for the existence of God to a non-believer.

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