Existence of God
Does God exist? How would you prove the existence of God? Peter Kreeft, a renowned philosopher from Boston College, offers these thoughts - check out this 2min clip from Peter Kreeft or read the transcript below!
"Let's admit that pain is evidence against God. The God presented in the Bible is called a hidden God. He's not like the noonday sun. You can't
avoid the noonday sun. You don't have to search for the noonday sun in order to find it. But God wanted us to search for him so he hid.
Pascal says, "God gives you just enough light so that
if you want to find Him, you can, and if you don't want to find Him you
won't." So finding Him doesn't depend on your
IQ. It depends on your will. In other words, He respects your freedom. He's like Romeo. When he proposes to Juliet he
doesn't bring along a battery of logicians to convince her that she's a
fool if she doesn't follow the syllogisms.
So, God allows evidence against Him. And He gives you evidence for Him.
As one ancient skeptic said: "If there is
no God why is there so much good? And if there is a God why is there so much
Well, I don't know how the atheist would
explain all the good, but he has to, if goodness is an argument for God and
he believes that the evidence, good, doesn't lead to the conclusion, no God, he has to show how.
Similarly, the believer in God has to
show how the evidence against God,
namely, evil, doesn't lead to the atheist
That doesn't mean that even if my talk
is totally successful, I will have proved
the existence of God.
It's defense not offensive
argument that I'm going to give you." - Peter Kreeft