God's Philosophers by James Hannam download in ePub, pdf, iPad
It was in the hypostasizing of being that can be traced from Parmenides through Plato that being was thought of as true or absolute being. This, it was said, is evident historically in the fact of religion and is expressed theoretically in the rational arguments for the existence of God. Aristotle may not have fared well, but the Platonic-Augustinian tradition remains strong.
Just like there are different religions, there are different forms of religious experience. For it is possible that they arise due to agencies which are unusual and powerful, but not divine. Unity that is opposed to the many presupposes and therefore is conditioned by that opposition. Conceptions of God There is no clear consensus on the nature or the existence of God. At the same time, reported events are not to be declared legendary simply because they are unusual.
So the middle ages weren't so medieval. First, there could be other forms of indirect evidence for the occurrence of a miracle that does not include testimony of someone's direct experience of it. Not everything can be unnecessary, for then once there was nothing and there would still be nothing. As Kant famously argued, the mere existence of a soul does not prove its immortality, for one could conceive that a soul, even if it is totally simple, could still fade away or lose its intensity.
Rossano indicates that by including ever-watchful gods and spirits, humans discovered an effective strategy for restraining selfishness and building more cooperative groups. Isaac Newton saw the existence of a Creator necessary in the movement of astronomical objects. Misbehaving gods are not good examples to set before impressionable minds. Charismatic experiences, in which special gifts, abilities, or blessings are manifested such as healing, visions, etc.
He argues that for the individual who experiences them, they are authoritative and they break down the authority of the rational mind. Arguments about the existence of God typically include empirical, deductive, and inductive types.
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