Great overview of four proofs for God's existence.
Ben and Matt are planning to write more for the website this year. They're also looking for more writers.
Should Christians bother answering the question, does God exist? Does it matter that it's unproveable?
Aquinas argument against: Requires a human conception of God. We can't conceive the greatest possible being.
Hume argument against: you can't prove existence based on a priori reasoning
A priori reasoning: what I already know (deductive) A postori reasoning: additional information (inductive)
From the Summa Theologica
The Summa is structured as: reason God can't exist, refutation, summary of refutation. It may be easiest to read the summary of refutation first.
Argument against: why is God exempt from point 2?
Proof by moral law from Mere Christianity
We have a sense of right and wrong that is universal. The conscience came from God.
Argument against: The moral law could have evolved as helpful to society survival
Wrote The Courage To Be
God doesn't exist: God is existence.
God is not the highest being because he is not a creature.
Matt thinks this is just a semantical argument.
It's an interesting idea, but I'm guessing Tilich wasn't using this as an argument for God's existence.
He's been accused of pantheism with his view.
Argument against: God is personal God, what does imago dei mean if God is existence himself?
Matt's other favorite arguments: historical evidence that backs up the Bible, messianic prophecies, intelligent design, personal experience
Ben devil's advocate: historical facts doesn't prove divine content, scientific proofs can lead to "God in the Gaps"
It ultimately comes down to faith. From the outside, there are many claims that seem crazy.
Does life have meaning if God doesn't exist?
Ben thinks we could never prove God exists. Matt thinks we could.
If we could prove it, faith would no longer be required.