Date of Award

Spring 1965

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Rev. Thomas Flynn

Abstract

The problem to be reviewed herein is of concern both to the philosopher and to anyone seeking to discover the meaning of human existence. The question "Does God exist?" is a subject of debate as old as rational man himself. History attests to the fact that man has violently discussed and has been vastly influenced by the problem of the existence of God. Some men claim that they can finally solve this problem. These men are the philosophers, concerned with certain knowledge of ultimate causes and principles, who set out to show that the ultimate principle of the universe, God, exists because they can prove it by reason, experience, feeling, etc.

The purpose of this thesis will be to determine a few of the main kinds of traditional and modern philosophical approaches toward God and their respective merits. The theme of God's existence In philosophy is of no minor importance but is integral to most of the great systems of thought. Thus, to more fully understand the contemporary views, which are direct reactions and effects of earlier positions, we will begin with a survey of the main traditional arguments for God's existence.

In this short work we will view only a few important Christian approaches to the existence of God: the ontological approach, the approach of St. Thomas Aquinas; and lastly some modern theories on the existence of God.

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