16 STASHED IDEAS
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.
This most elegant system of the sun, planets, and comets could not have arisen without the design and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being.
Anselm's ontological argument is a philosophical argument, made from an ontological basis.
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.
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.
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.
Pascal's wager is a philosophical argument for God, presented by the 17th-century French philosopher, Blaise Pascal, who posits that human beings bet with their lives when deciding to believe in God (or not).
Pascal argues that the wise decision is to wager that God exists, since one can gain eternal life in heaven if God exists, but if not, one will be no worse off in death than if one had not believed. On the other hand, if you bet against God and lose, you are unavoidably annihilated in hell.