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The Common Consent Argument for the Existence of God (The Reasons to Believe #75)

Our Reasons to Believe passage from the Word of God today is Acts 2:38. It reads, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Simon Greenleaf. He, "I must say, that having for many years made the evidences of Christianity the subject of close study, the result has been a firm and increasing conviction of the authenticity and plenary [complete] inspiration of the Bible. It is indeed the Word of God."

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled "The Common Consent Argument for the Existence of God" from "The Handbook of Christian Apologetics" by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

This proof is in some ways like the argument from religious experience and in other ways like the argument from desire. It argues that:

1. Belief in God --- that Being to whom reverence and worship are properly due --- is common to almost all people of every era.

2. Either the vast majority of people have been wrong about this most profound element of their lives or they have not.

3. It is most plausible to believe that they have not.

4. Therefore it is most plausible to believe that God exists.

Everyone admits that religious belief is widespread throughout human history. But the question arises: Does this undisputed fact amount to evidence in favor of the truth of religious claims? Even a skeptic will

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