MIT, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One of the if not the most prestigious university in the world. Guess what.. I’m going to MIT! Ok maybe not physically, but digitally yes! I came across the spectacular online site they have where they offer online courses for free! Pretty cool right?
The whole process is so easy and well done, the professors teaching at MIT are offering their courses open to the world online for free. Check out: https://courses.edx.org
So, what will be my first course, well this one naturally: Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge and Consciousness. ‘ll post my progress here. After only a few modules I love it! Struggling to loosen those rusted philosophical nuts and bolts though… but I’m getting there.
Something to think about:
- Can you prove the existence of God?
- If you did not/ do not believe in God what kind of proof would you want in order to be convinced that God exists?
- Can the existence of God be proven in a less miraculous or spectacular fashion than wanting a miracle from the sky or some massive global revelation or large scale event occurring?
- Can the existence of God be proven through argument, through philosophy?
A good philosophical argument, ensure you understand each point before moving onto the next one:
1. Do you agree with this definition/idea of who/what God is: God is something which nothing greater can be thought about. So if you are thinking of something (ie. an iPhone 6) and you can imagine something even better (the new iPhone 7)… it’s not and cannot be God. Nothing better/greater can be imagined/thought/understood about God
2. If so then think about this: Often things that exist in our mind or in our understanding of the thing like the tooth fairy (which does not exist in reality) would in fact be better, more impressive, more awesome, more scary if they actually existed and were real? Would an actual tooth fairy if you could meet one now not be better, cooler, more impressive than your previous idea/understanding of one? Indeed it would!
3. The same holds true for God: God would be better/greater/more impressive if He existed in our understanding and in reality compared to only existing in our thoughts/understanding.Indeed, actually seeing/meeting/knowing that God is real would be much better/greater than our previous idea/understanding alone of God.
4. But: If you believed this definition of God: “God is something which nothing greater can be thought about” then God cannot exist in our understanding. It’s not possible. Part of our idea of God is that we can’t imagine/understand Him being any better/greater than He actually is. (If you’re thinking of something that could be better than it currently is, then you’re not thinking of God)
5. Yet, God clearly does exist in our minds and understanding, we’re thinking of Him, we’re imagining a being greater, who He is, etc. I can think of him and a being greater right now.
6. This leaves only one place left for God to exceed even our thoughts/minds/understanding of God and that is in Reality. Because as we’ve seen anything that we have an understanding of becomes significantly greater when it is in fact real and in reality.
7. Therefore God is in reality.