The “Proof’s” of God’s Existence:
A Response to H.J. McCloskey’s “On Being an Atheist”
3 I. Introduction
In this paper, I will be making a response to a well-known writer and atheist, H. J. McCloskey, to his article entitled, “On Being an Atheist.” “An atheist is a person who disbelieves or denies the existence of God or gods.” It is very clear to me that McCloskey is a smart and intelligent man but he also seems to be a little on the arrogant side. His purpose for writing this particular article was to inform other people as to why he believes that “atheism is a much more comfortable belief than theism and why theists should be miserable because they are theists.” I believe that everyone has the right to believe whatever they so desire and that everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. I am a saved, sanctified, and born-again Christian and I wholeheartedly believe in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am in total disagreement with everything that this article has stated.
In this article, McCloskey argues against three very well known arguments of the existence of God. He, McCloskey, refers to these arguments as “proofs” and he makes the implication that they cannot accurately prove that God really exists. These particular arguments are the cosmological proof, the teleological proof, and the argument from design. I believe that idea of having to have “proofs” is over-rated and/or over exaggerated. I personally do not believe that you have to have “proofs” or “signs” to know that God exist. I can feel him in my heart. For the people who are unsure of what to believe and the non-believers, reading God’s word, the Holy Bible, should be proof 4 enough. Luke 11: 29-30 clearly states, “And when the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, this is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation.” However, the author of this particular article, McCloskey, does not accept the scriptures. I believe that the scriptures must be accepted for those who believe in Christ and follow Him, so, that they are fully capable to understand the beginning and the end of time.
According to Evans, “the cosmological arguments are as the name implies attempts to infer the existence of God from the existence of the cosmos or the universe.” “These arguments are sometimes called first-cause arguments because they attempt to infer that God must exist as the first or ultimate cause of the universe.” No one brought or had to bring God in existence. God is the caused and the uncaused. I feel that certain things just do not require an explanation. Either you are going to believe in God or either you are not. McCloskey believes that this argument has quite a few defects. McCloskey thinks that the existence of this universe does not prove that God actually exists. Evans explains to us that the cosmological argument is based on “contingent beings.” McCloskey does not agree with Evans, he says, “the mere existence of the world constitutes no reason for believing in the existence of such a being.
Our text points out key elements that prove the causation of God which states, “some contingent beings exist, then a necessary being must exist (because contingent beings require a necessary being as their ultimate cause). Therefore there exists a necessary being (which is the...
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