By stating that his followers should have no other gods, God is proclaiming that Jews, Christians and Muslims should not believe in other religions that are not monotheistic. Since the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions only believe in one god, all the powers of a doctrine are invested in him. This means that God has supreme power and cannot be contested by anyone else. It is evident from the Ten Commandments
Aquinas’ version was arguing from design qua regularity. He believed the world has to be designed because of the overall order of the universe that couldn’t have come about by itself or by chance, so therefore an intelligent being must have set in place, and the being must be God. In contrast, Paley believes someone designed the world because everything
Another aspect of the anti-kingship argument is that, in the case of the Bible, there should be no king because God had not planned for one. Overall, I feel that in this case, the anti-kingship argument is the best, because it is what follows God's word. God would have have provided for a king to have been named without having to had asked Him for a king. This is another good example of why we should follow God's Word, because if we follow His words,
One type of government was absolute monarchy, which is consisting of the balance between king and nobles. King has unlimited power, he is not legally bound and during the economic or nation- state based decisions he was the responsible person. Also monarchs gain power either marriage or hereditary. In religion, there is no freedom which means government controls over the Church. They believed God choose them and acquire power for unity of their countries.
This ultimately displays the court as being the judge of whether someone should live or not, which is ironic considering they are worshipping a God who is known to be the judge of all, and yet the court are taking His power into their hands. This conveys their true intentions as figures of authority, which is not to worship God, but instead not to appear "weak", and to remain a superior figure to everyone else, as this is what brings power in Salem. Another contrast in the court's authority is the way in which they're constantly seeking for "the truth" and yet, in reality when they're given it, (John telling them Abigail is "a whore") they refuse to accept and believe him, as this would go against their previous belief of the girls. This displays that authority in Salem isn't used with good intentions or purpose, but instead as a symbolic superiority over everybody else. The court authority is also symbolised as a hellish place, with Miller referring to it as "hot fire" that "melts down all concealment".
Tocqueville argues that the only thing which will keep Americans away from these dangers, which would undoubtedly lead to despotism is religion as source of moral education. He says that all decisions by man are a result of the values which man has received from god and without these values we would be left to a life full of disorder. Religion indirectly affects the state through mores which are described as “the whole moral and intellectual state of a people.”(287) These mores are what prevents democracies from being engulfed by the dangers which are products of tyranny and despotism. In a state without religion “each man gets into the way of having nothing but confused and changing notions about the matters of greatest importance to himself and his fellows”(444) and when combating materialism, the presence of religion “places the
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution established the many ideas borrowed from the Enlightenment. Before the Enlightenment governments of Europe were primarily Divine Right Monarchies, which means that the King were "selected by God and was God's spokesperson on Earth." In other words, to disobey or disagree with the king was to disagree with God. Not surprisingly, there was no division between Church and State (each country had an official "state" religion), no checks and balances, no separation of powers, no freedom of speech, and commoners had no rights. On the other hand, the nobility had many rights.
He is malevolent. Is God both able and willing? Then whence commeth the evil. If he is neither able nor willing then why call him god?” This is called the inconsistent triad; if God has all these Omni qualities then why does evil still remain on earth? Augustine’s soul deciding theodicy was the demonstration that God is not responsible for the existence of evil.
someone with absolute authority, power and will. Historically we know that Ozymandias (Ramses II) claimed to be God. The Holy Quraan also mentions Ozymandias’ claim to be God over his people (Ch79:24, Saheeh International). Islamically the title of King of Kings is reserved for God Almighty alone. Thus we can see that his arrogance and ego reached such a level that he thought of himself as god and forgot that he was a mere mortal.
Since the beginning of time, the idea of a God or a supreme being existing has been debated and argued. One argument that supports the existence of God is the Ontological Argument. An Ontological Argument is an argument for God’s existence that begins with the idea of supreme perfection or unsurpassable greatness. The Ontological Argument can also be seen as the idea that God has placed within us a knowledge that God exists and cares for us. Anselm (1033–1109) had opposed an Ontological Argument that one understands God as a being and cannot conceive anything greater because God cannot be understood not to exist.