Archive for August, 2016

Reasonable Faith has produced another high quality animated video on the evidence for God’s existence.  This one is on the ontological argument.

 

This argument dates back to Anselm (1033-1109) in his book Proslogium in which he created an argument for God that included all the superlative attributes: “God is that which no greater can be conceived.”  The Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a section on the history of this argument.

While there are different versions of this argument, the one presented in the video is called the Modal Ontological Argument and was developed by Alvin Planting of Notre Dame and Calvin College.  It is structured so:

  1. It is possible that a maximally great being exists.
  2. If it is possible that a maximally great being exists, then a maximally great being exists in some possible world.
  3. If a maximally great being exists in some possible world, then it exists in every possible world.
  4. If a maximally great being exists in every possible world, then it exists in the actual world.
  5. If a maximally great being exists in the actual world, then a maximally great being exists.
  6. Therefore, a maximally great being exists.
Another helpful video by InspiringPhilosophy on the Modal version of the Ontological Argument:
Other arguments for God’s existence can be found here on this website.

Well, they weren’t really lost but I haven’t seen this circulated and after watching them myself I was impressed.  This series of videos with William Lane Craig on Canada’s longest running daily talk show, 100 Huntley Street, was released in 2009.  They are really good.  Ranging from a minute and a half long to five minutes long, they are concise with some nice animation and text illustrating his points.  Take a look:

Relationship Between Faith and Reason

 

The ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster” and Evidence for God

 

Who Designed the Designer: A Response to Richard Dawkins

 

Best Argument for Belief in God

 

Why is Richard Dawkins So Popular?

 

Can We Trust the Bible Written 2000 Years Ago?

 

Is God a Logical Necessity?

 

How Can Christianity be the One True Religion?

 

Can We Trust Religious Experience?

 

Can There Be Meaning Without God?

 

Can We Be Good Without God?