Does God Exist Essay

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Does God Exist? Does God exist? This question has been pondered throughout the centuries, resulting in a wide variety of arguments that are either for or against the existence of God. Ontological arguments can become very complex and are subject to many different criticisms. These criticisms are necessary to test the validity and strength of an argument. An argument must be very solid to truly prove the existence of God. The argument of interest is as follows: God is conceived to be a nonfictional being with properties p1,…pn. If a nonfictional being with properties p1,…pn did not exist then there could be conceived a being more nonfictional than a nonfictional being with properties p1,…pn (namely a nonfictional being with properties p1,…pn and pe, the property of existence). But it is not possible for a being to be more nonfictional than a nonfictional being. Therefore, a nonfictional being with properties p1,…pn exists. Initially, this a priori argument might possibly appear to be valid, but it has some major flaws; it misuses the term “nonfictional”, creates a false illusion of a confirmational “loop” of facts, makes unexplained connections and correlations, partially relies on possible internal flaws in the premises, and is too vague in its list of properties. There are some defences that can be raised against these criticisms, but the criticisms outweigh the defences, making this an insufficient argument. The part of the argument that states that it is an impossibility for any being to be more nonfictional than an actual being is fairly flawed. It is stated earlier in the argument that the being under initial consideration might not exist; under such circumstance, one could conceive a being that is more nonfictional than the nonexistent being. However, the argument presents this idea in a way that implies that one would be conceiving a being

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