Bertrand Russell II

Topics: Religion, Morality, God Pages: 4 (1203 words) Published: March 13, 2015
Bertrand Russell critique of Christianity Why I Am Not a Christian begins by first defining a Christian as a, “person who believes in God, immortality and also believes that Christ is the most divine, best and wisest of all men.” Russell believes that the world has changed since the time of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. Russell utilizes a series of different arguments to explain how the Christian religion does more harm than good to its followers. Russell begins by disclaiming the first cause argument which states that everything in the world has a cause, in order for there to be a cause there has to be a first causer which is considered to be God. (i.e., man could not have created himself, there must have been a creator; that creator is where God exist). Russell accepted this argument until he reached adulthood and red John Stuarts Mill’s autobiography and approached the sentence “My father taught me that the question who made me cannot be answered, since it immediately suggests the further question who made God”? After reading this Russell realizes that if everything requires a cause then God also must have a cause. So who is the creator of God? Russell proceeds by then trying to disclaim the next rational argument of The Natural-law Argument. This rational argument suggests that everything happens in an orderly way directed by God. The uniform ways that nature behaves that are unexplained are things God did according to the law. Russell rejects this argument by attesting that nature does not happen in a specific way and these natural laws are nothing but a descriptions on how things work. How can one say that God told things to work a certain way when natural law gives descriptions? And if God is subjected to this law then God is not the first ultimate law maker. Russell next directs his thoughts to the Intelligent Design theories for God. The argument from Design puts forward the idea that everything is designed so perfectly that is must have...
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