With all of the differences in the dogmas between Christianity and Mormonism, there is strong evidence that these two faiths cannot be linked together solely on the fact that they both believe in Jesus Christ being the savior of mankind. Many Christians believe that Mormonism is not a true Christian religion, although Mormons make the claim that they are based on their faith in the Christ Jesus as the sole savior of the world. Can Mormonism, a polytheistic religion, truly be considered Christian, when Christianity
Outline two key objections to the Ontological Argument and explain the responses made to them. The ontological argument was first introduced by Anselm in the ‘Prosologian’. It is an a priori argument as it is not based on empirical evidence but id deductive and analytic in that it allows one to use logical reasoning to reach a logically necessary conclusion which, in theory, cannot be disputed. Anselm defines God as ‘that than which nothing greater can be conceived’ (TTWNGCBC) and states that everyone, theist or not, can accept this definition. He argues that ‘the fool’ in Psalm 53 can conceive of God but fails to believe he exists.
Explain the different understandings of the role of God which are found in Aquinas’ cosmological argument The cosmological argument was not set about to prove the existence or the role of God. The initial purpose of the cosmological argument was to answer the question ‘How did the universe come into existence?’ The role of God isn’t totally explained within the cosmological argument, but characteristics about the role of God are found in various variations of the cosmological argument. Aquinas’s three ways establish many of these codes and characteristics. The God mentioned in each of the cosmological arguments is the God of classical theism. Each of Aquinas’s three ways established a different role of God.
Calvin’s idea of predestination suggests that some people are God’s ‘elect’ and that, after death, these ‘elect’ will join God in heaven. Believers in predestination claim that our actions, whether ‘elect’ or ‘damned’, are predestined or decided by God; meaning that we have very little, if any at all, free will in our decision making or actions. This theory of predestination often leads people to believe in a God ‘who favours some but not all of his creation’, which would be intrinsically linked to miracles in the sense that, regardless of what we do, God has already decided whether he will interact with the world or perform a miracle. Miracles, in this sense, are seen not as unsystematic breaches of natural law but rather as the eternal intention of God for the world. For this reason, people who agree with Calvin in believing in predestination often find it difficult to understand why miracles aren’t common occurrences.
It is also deductive, so the conclusion is the only possible one that could be deduced give the premises. Therefore, it is theoretically strong. Anselm proposed in the Proslogian that the existence of God was true for him by the virtue of faith and logical necessity. He proposed a reductio ad absurdum argument that aimed to demonstrate he impossibility of denying God’s existence. His first form of the argument runs as follows: (P1) God is that than which nothing greater can be conceived (P2) If God exists in the mind alone (in intellect) then a greater being can be conceived (in re) (P3) God to be the greatest being, has to existing the mind and in reality, otherwise another being would be greater than God.
Hume was an empiricist, and therefore believes that for something to exist, there must be evidence that can be accessed by the senses. As Descartes' argument is an a priori argument, there is no empirical evidence to support his definition. Davies agreed that existence can be derived from a definition. Davies claimed that both arguments misuse the language of the argument. For example, Descartes' argument states that 'God IS a being with all perfections' and
Technically, discussions of worldviews will fall into 1 of 6 categories – theism, deism, pantheism, naturalism, and polytheism – but in the real world, peoples belief are not always that easily categorized. Mormons claim to be monotheistic (theism), but are essentially polytheistic, as the teaching of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, stated: "I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a spirit; and these three constitute three distinct personages and three distinct gods". Additional data supporting the position that Mormons truly are polytheists is their belief and worship in both God the Father (Doctrine and Covenants 18:40) and Jesus Christ (3 Nephi 11:17; 2 Nephi 25:29), as well as their view of God the Father and Jesus as two separate gods. One of the more interesting aspects of Mormonism is its reliance and use of the Doctrine and Covenants and the Book of Mormon. While many reason the Book of Mormon is their criterion for the Mormon worldview and practice of the church, the reality is that there is not a single unique doctrine of Mormonism imparted within its pages.
So the royal throne is not the throne of a man, but the throne of God himself. Bossuet describes, that Kings are sent from God to express the laws giving a King all absolute power. In theory, there was an assumption suggesting, Kings were the “chosen ones” by God to rule, this belief also implied that these Kings were not liable to anyone other than God. Bossuet argued that a King should not have any restraints on their actions. As he states in the Political Treatise, It appears from this that the person of kings is sacred, and to move against them is sacrilege.
Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. These are the opening words of the bible, to believe that God is the creator of the universe is to see everything very different from those without such faith, belief in God’s creation brings with it a way of looking at reality that centers on relationship that sees life in the light of human dependence on God. According to SDA Bible Commentary written by E.G White commenting on this verse it says; “the verb to create describes an activity of God, never of men, God creates”. She continues saying; “the first words of the bible point to the fact that the creation bears the imprint of God’s own activity”. This clearly shows that God is the one who created