On the Existence of God

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University Press of America, Nov 11, 2009 - Philosophy - 236 pages
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The existence of God raises many questions. Geis' work addresses queries that arise from the gratuitous claims of empiricism in Hume, unfounded assumptions in Kant, presumptions of science, and the improbabilities it identifies in Darwinism. By focusing on number and proportion as intrinsic to material and atomic constituency, any argument from chance as instrumental to the cosmos' emergence and sustainability becomes invalidated. The arguments from contingency and the nature of intellection provide more clarity than the ratio Anselmi for acknowledging a transcendent causality, taking the reader to the problem of evil and present-day nihilism. These concepts present great, but not insuperable, difficulty for theism. Geis argues that evil, when one uses it as a means to the betterment of oneself and the world, takes on the rTle commensurate with the doctrine of an omnibenevolent deity. Accordingly, one can use evil as a means to a greater understanding of God, Providence, and eternal destiny.
 

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Contents

Fallacies and Approaches to God
1
Presumptions in Science
15
Improbabilities and Darwinism
39
Design and Order
67
From Idea to Idea
79
Mind as Dynamisme
95
From the Causal Order
103
Omnibenevolence and Evil
123
Suffering Nihilism and the Divine
135
Addressing Other Assumptions
147
Afterword
161
Notes
163
Index
217
About the Author
225
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Robert Geis has previously published philosophical and theological works on personal immortality, sexual ethics, and papal infallibility. He is a Prelate Protocyncellus in the Eastern Orthodox Catholic rite.

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