Module 5 Discussion: Teleological and Cosmological Argument

Module 5’s discussion questions will focus on the content of our textbook’s Chapter 4 Section 4.0-4.2 and 4.4-4.5.

Early and continuing participation in these ongoing online “class discussions” is expected throughout the entire duration of each Module. I strongly recommend reading and contributing to these discussions on at least three days a week, every week.

This discussion forum will close at the end of Module 5, after which time no additional discussion posts may be submitted.

Discussion Question A

Theistic Arguments: With respect to the teleological argument, cosmological argument or Pascal’s wager, which do you believe is the best argument to show that God exists? Carefully explain your reasoning, and please reference concepts from the text when applicable.

Discussion Question B

Problem of Evil: In its classic form, the problem of evil is an argument against the existence of God as traditionally understood. Consider the following version of the argument as rendered by Lawhead:

1. God is perfectly good (omnibenevolent).

2. God is all-knowing (omniscient).

3. God is is all-powerful (omnipotent).

4. Evil exists.

5. If God exists and is a being who is good, all-knowing, and all-powerful, then there would be no evil in the world.

6. Therefore, God does not exist.

Of the different solutions presented in the Module, which one is most compelling? Or is the argument ultimately sound? Carefully explain your reasoning, and please reference concepts from the text when applicable.

Instructions

1. First, respond to EACH of the two Module 5 Discussion Questions presented above (both questions A & B).

2. Then, provide additional subsequent follow-up responses to posts submitted by others (your fellow students, and/or myself) in BOTH of the subsequent discussion threads that will begin to develop and unfold as this Module proceeds.

 

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Reply to 2 peer’s responses of 150 words each

 

Peer 1: Emily Champion

The cosmological argument more argues that anything caused has to be caused by something else. So, everything we know is caused by God, but it doesn’t tell us what caused God to be. The teleological argument argues that everything has a creator and a purpose, but much in life can’t be explained. I believe Pascal’s wager is the best argument of God’s existence. It argues that sometimes a leap of faith is the reason to believe. The creation of God can’t be scientifically explained, many believe in God because they have faith in him. The phrase, “faith over fear,” is we must have faith than fear.

“Aquinas & the Cosmological Arguments: Crash Course Philosophy #10.” YouTube, CrashCourse, 11 Apr. 2016, https://youtu.be/TgisehuGOyY. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

“Indiana Jones & Pascal’s Wager: Crash Course Philosophy #15.” YouTube, CrashCourse, 23 May 2016, https://youtu.be/S93jMOqF-oE. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

“Intelligent Design: Crash Course Philosophy #11.” YouTube, CrashCourse, 25 Apr. 2016, https://youtu.be/7e9v_fsZB6A. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

 

Peer 2: ( has not posted yet) I will let you know when they do.

Module 5 Discussion: Teleological and

Cosmological Argument

 

 

 

Module 5’s discussion questions will focus on the content of our

textbook’s Chapter 4 Section 4.0

4.2 and 4.4

4.5.

 

Early and continuing participation in these ongoing online “class

discussions” is expected throughout the entire duration of each

Mo

dule. I strongly recommend reading and contributing to these

discussions on at least three days a week, every week.

 

This discussion forum will close at the end of Module 5, after which

time no additional discussion posts may be submitted.

 

Discussion

 

Questi

on

 

A

 

Theistic

 

Arguments:

 

With respect to the teleological argument,

cosmological argument or Pascal’s wager, which do you believe is the

best argument to show that God exists? Carefully explain your

reasoning, and please reference concepts from the text when

applicable.

 

Discussio

n

 

Question

 

B

 

Problem

 

of

 

Evil:

 

In its classic form, the problem of evil is an argument

against the existence of God as traditionally understood. Consider the

following version of the argument as rendered by Lawhead:

 

1.

 

God is perfectly good (omnibenevolent).

 

2.

 

G

od is all

knowing (omniscient).

 

3.

 

God is is all

powerful (omnipotent).

 

4.

 

Evil exists.

 

5.

 

If God exists and is a being who is good, all

knowing, and all

powerful, then there would be no evil in the world.

 

6.

 

Therefore, God does not exist.

 

Of the different solutions p

resented in the Module, which one is most

compelling? Or is the argument ultimately sound? Carefully explain your

reasoning, and please reference concepts from the text when

applicable.

 

Module 5 Discussion: Teleological and

Cosmological Argument

 

Module 5’s discussion questions will focus on the content of our

textbook’s Chapter 4 Section 4.0-4.2 and 4.4-4.5.

Early and continuing participation in these ongoing online “class

discussions” is expected throughout the entire duration of each

Module. I strongly recommend reading and contributing to these

discussions on at least three days a week, every week.

This discussion forum will close at the end of Module 5, after which

time no additional discussion posts may be submitted.

Discussion Question A

Theistic Arguments: With respect to the teleological argument,

cosmological argument or Pascal’s wager, which do you believe is the

best argument to show that God exists? Carefully explain your

reasoning, and please reference concepts from the text when

applicable.

Discussion Question B

Problem of Evil: In its classic form, the problem of evil is an argument

against the existence of God as traditionally understood. Consider the

following version of the argument as rendered by Lawhead:

1. God is perfectly good (omnibenevolent).

2. God is all-knowing (omniscient).

3. God is is all-powerful (omnipotent).

4. Evil exists.

5. If God exists and is a being who is good, all-knowing, and all-

powerful, then there would be no evil in the world.

6. Therefore, God does not exist.

Of the different solutions presented in the Module, which one is most

compelling? Or is the argument ultimately sound? Carefully explain your

reasoning, and please reference concepts from the text when

applicable.