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The Ontological Arguement Of Descartes Essay

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The proof for the existence of God that is the most believable in my opinion is Descartes' Ontological Argument. He states that God's existence is contingent directly from the fact that necessary existence is restricted in the clear and distinct idea of a supremely perfect being. He explains it best in his Fifth Meditation where he says:"But if the mere fact that I can produce from my thought the idea of something entails that everything which I clearly and distinctly perceive to belong to that thing really does belong to it, is not this a possible basis for another argument to prove the existence of God? ...view middle of the document...

The existence of God doesn't require proof. Just as there is no proof that triangles are real or that anything in the world is triangular. Descartes said "I found that this included the existence of such a being, in the same way as the idea of a triangle includes the equidistance of all parts (of its surface) from the center; or indeed in an even more evident way" Anthony Kenney Western PhilosophyAccording to the Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy "Descartes also characterizes the ontological argument as a proof from the "essence" or "nature" of God, arguing that necessary existence cannot be separated from the essence of a supremely perfect being without contradiction. In casting the argument in these terms, he is implicitly relying on a traditional medieval distinction between a thing's essence and its existence". Nolan, Lawrence, "Descartes' Ontological Argument", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (summer 2001 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = .Descartes maintains that God's existence is ultimately known through intuition. The way this was explained by Descartes, I find to be an amazing way of explaining any Christian's feelings regarding the question of the existence God. God is a feeling inside, or as Descartes put it an "intuition" we may not be able to scientifically prove God's existence because you can not visibly see a feeling but that does not prove its non-existence.

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