Someone recently requested that they’d like to read my thesis on God that won a philosophy debate several years back. I’m afraid that I can’t post the original complete article on this website (or share it with any of you through email) simply because I’d like to keep my professional writing separate from this website as a privacy measure.
However, I can give you the basic premises of the argument (without all the written explanation). It would probably make more sense with the actual essay, but unfortunately this is as much as I can give you.
By way of introduction, it’s an ontological argument that follows a similar vein as Descartes’ “Meditations.” As part of the essay, I also included a detailed case against my own argument, followed by a response as to why the case against doesn’t actually dispute the argument, but I’ve spared you the pain of reading that bit here and just left you with the bare skeleton of the main argument.
Summary of Arguments
- If all ideas come as a response to external sources, then the idea of God must have come to man as a response to an external source.
- All ideas come as a response to external sources.
Therefore, the idea of God must have come to man as a response to an external source.
- All ideas must display a degree of perfection equal to that of their corresponding cause or inspiration.
- The idea of God is perfect
Ergo, the idea of God must have come from a perfect source.
- If the cause of any idea must show the same degree of perfection as the idea itself, then God must exist as the only plausible cause perfect enough to have initiated this idea.
- It is impossible that any currently living person (other than God) is perfect enough to have been the cause of this idea (although they may have passed it on to me).
Hence, God exists as the only plausible cause perfect enough to have initiated this idea.
P.S. For this particular post, I’m not welcoming debate in the comments. I did this debate years ago and I don’t have time to be doing it online right now. Comments are welcome, just don’t get carried away because if you remember right, the full argument isn’t even here.