The aesthetic argument for god

The aesthetic argument for god

The aesthetic argument is an argument by Plato for the existence of a transcendent realm of abstract ideas, which are more perfect than real-world examples of those ideas. Various observers have also argued that the experience of beauty is evidence of the existence of a God.

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Albert EINSTEIN

"The only physical theories that we are willing to accept are the beautiful ones."

Criticisms of the aesthetic argument
  1. The argument assumes beauty is something immaterial instead of being a subjective neurological response to stimuli.
  2. A person's talent is assumed to be god's work and not his own hard work. ("How dare another human being make such beautiful music/poetry/art when I can't? It must be God that did it")
  3. The existence of evil & various types of ugliness invalidates the argument. ("Didn't God also created parasitic microbes?")
Is beauty the path to God?

The most frequent invocation of the argument from beauty today involves the aesthetic experience one obtains from great literature, music or art. For many people the feeling of transcendence in a concert hall or museum approaches the religious in intensity.

Furthermore, scientists and philosophers often marvel at the congruence between nature & mathematics, which is often described as beautiful.

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The Teleological argument (also known as intelligent design argument) is an argument for the existence of God, an intelligent creator based on perceived evidence of intelligent design in the natural world.

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Anselm‘s ontological argument

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Anselm defines God as "the greatest being" and argues that if such being can exist in the mind, then it must also exist in reality. If it existed only in the mind, then an even greater being must be possible—one who exists both in mind and in reality. Therefore, this greatest possible being must exist in reality.

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The Kalam cosmological argument
  1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
  2. The universe began to exist.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause.
  4. If the universe has a cause, then an uncaused, personal Creator of the universe exists who without the universe is beginningless, changeless, immaterial, timeless, spaceless and enormously powerful.

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