A Philosophical Approach to God

Dec 13, 12 A Philosophical Approach to God

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  For what is Time: An Argument for the Existence of an Intelligent Designer   “For what is time? Who can readily and briefly explain this? Who can even in thought comprehend it, so as to utter a word about it? But what in discourse do we mention more familiarly and knowingly, than time? And, we understand, when we speak of it; we understand also, when we hear it spoken of by another. What then is time? If no one asks me, I know: if I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not: yet I say boldly that I know, that if nothing passed away, time past were not; and if nothing were coming, a time to come were not; and if nothing were, time present were not.” This great quote by Saint Augustine helps usher in some of my thoughts and research.  Saint Augustine illustrates how much we know of our universe and conversely how little all at the same time.  Our small perspective only allows us to see what we physically experience.  We are born with many senses to which we spend most of our lives coordinating and fine tuning.  However I would argue that we are born with a sixth sense.  This sixth sense is a combination of thoughts and what it means to be human:  a sense of consciousness, a sense of existence, and a sense of reason and morals.  We as human beings, since the beginning of our known existence, have tried to make sense of something larger and more significant than ourselves.  We spend our whole lives attempting to figure out what exactly that is and what it means to us.  This concept varies and differs vastly across the world.  For the sake of generality I will call these Deity/Deities an intelligent designer.  One of the greatest philosophical struggles among many great minds is that of an intelligent designer.  I will be utilizing many of the theories and ideas of philosophers, theist apologetics and...

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THE ARGUMENT FOR GOD BEING THE BASIS FOR OBJECTIVE MORAL VALUES AND DUTIES:  PART I Click here to read Part II As I have listened to multiple exit stories from people who have left the LDS church, one of the things I have noticed is that when their LDS beliefs leave, usually their belief in Jesus and God do as well. I have wondered why this is. The idea of “natural theology” is alien to most members of the LDS faith. Natural theology is theology that one can discover through nature, philosophy, reason, and science. This is in contrast to the more familiar “revealed theology” which is theology that one can only discover through revelation (e.g., “Jesus is the Son of God”).   Perhaps it is the idea of Natural Theology to which Paul is speaking in his letter to the Romans chapter 1 verse 20: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Natural theology is something I recently discovered and find very compelling. It first came to my attention as I was listening to some very scholarly debates on the DebateGod.org podcasts. As I listened to these debates, I became increasingly interested in the arguments presented, specifically by Dr. William Lane Craig. This led me to additional readings about natural theology and more podcasts from Dr. Craig. Mormons are well equipped in defending their faith against other Christians; however, we are not so well prepared in defending our faith against the rising tide of secularism. I see secularism slowly sneaking in and taking away some of our members. This, I hypothesize, is because so much of our theology is based on revealed theology. I would propose that if Mormon Christians became acquainted with the arguments presented in natural theology, it might curb the advancement of secularism within our faith. If people did still decide to leave...

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