Great Human Questions

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Does God Exist?

If there is no God, then God is incalculably the greatest single creation of the human imagination. No other creation of the imagination has been so fertile of ideas, so great an inspiration to philosophy, to literature, to painting, sculpture, architecture, and drama. Set beside the idea of God, the most original inventions of mathematicians and the most unforgettable characters in drama are minor products of the imagination: Hamlet and the square root of minus one pale into insignificance by comparison.  –  Anthony Kenny

The Concept of a Supreme Being

Omnipotence

Omniscience

Omnibenevolence

Summary Review of the Characteristics of a Supreme Being

Proofs For The Existence of God

The Burden of Proof

The Appeal To Experience

The Cosmological Argument

The Teleological Argument

The Ontological Argument

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Is he willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able & willing? Whence then is evil?  –  Epicurus, 341 270 B.C.

The “Problem” of Evil

Attempted “Solutions”

1. Satan: the devil causes suffering

2. Immortality: people who suffer will be rewarded with eternal life

3. Justice: everybody gets precisely what they deserve

4. Free Will: suffering results from the abuse of free will

5. Virtue: suffering allows positive virtues to develop

6. God on Trial

What Is The Meaning of Life?

To lose one’s life is a little thing and I shall have the courage to do so if it is necessary; but to see the meaning of this life dissipated, to see our reason for existing disappear, that is what is unbearable. One cannot live without meaning.  –  Albert Camus

What is missing in my life is an understanding of what I must do, not what I must know – except, of course, that a certain amount of knowledge is presupposed in every action. I need to understand the purpose of my life, and this means that I must find a truth which is true for me, that I must discover that Idea for which I can live and die. For what is truth but to live and die for an Idea?  –  Soren Kierkegaard as a 22 year-old university student. An entry in his journal August 1, 1835.

Overview

Epicureanism, Eastern Religion, Hinduism

Rational Humanism

Religious Faith

The Existential/Humanist Position

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