The Argument (for God) from Consent Essay

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The Argument (for God) from Consent How can so many people (particularly scientists) be wrong? In this essay I present the world statistics on religious belief followed by a modified version of Peter Kreeft’s version of what is called the Argument from Consent. Peter Kreeft is a widely published Christian philosopher. Finally I review some of the eminent scientists and logicians (current and historical) who have found no conflict between science and the existence of God. 1. The world statistics on belief in God: I have summarised two sources: 1) A poll conducted by global research company Ipsos for Reuters News in 2011 finds that half of global citizens surveyed (51%) believe there is some form of ‘divine entity’: either a “God or Supreme Being” (45%) or “many gods or supreme beings” (6%). This compares with (18%) who “don’t believe in God/gods/Supreme Being/beings” and another (30%) who are “undecided”. 2) How is the world population split into religious belief systems? ~52% of the 6.89 billion people in today's world believe that the Abrahamic God exists. A further ~32% believe in some sort of alternative spiritual existence/world. ~16% are secular/nonreligious/agnostic/atheist. According to wiki this ~16% can be further broken down to atheists ~3%, non-religious ~13%. Reference: http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html and Wiki. 2. The Argument from Consent. The argument can simply be put as follows: 1. Belief in a God(s)—defined here as a supernatural being(s) to whom reverence and worship are properly due—is common to almost all people of every era. 2. Either the vast majority of people have been wrong about this most profound element of their lives or they have not. 3. It is most plausible to believe that they have not. 4. Therefore it is most plausible to believe that such a God exists.

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